Are you suffering from hemorrhoids or piles?

Are you suffering from hemorrhoids or piles?

hemorrhoidsAre you severely constipated and experience pain and burning sensation while passing stools? Do you see blood on the toilet paper.
Hemorrhoids refer to a condition where the veins around the rectum and anus get swollen. Many factors contribute to this condition such as pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, chronic cough, eating disorders etc.

The main dietary factors are diet poor in fiber, eating very less fiber, eating junk food as most of the junk food are high in salt and low on fiber, being inactive or not exercising, eating a lot of refined food, eating too much of animal food, drinking alcohol which dehydrates the body and foods such as ice cream, fried foods etc

Other factors may include sitting all the time on a chair, straining for a long time on the toilet seat etc.

The solution for this condition is to follow a high fiber diet which would prevent constipation and help to maintain regular bowel movement. Fiber from food provide the much needed bulk to the body and water helps to form a gel like substance which softens the stool and facilitates easy passage of stool.

A High fiber diet includes a diet rich in whole grain cereals such as brown rice, wheat, ragi, bajra, white oats, wheat bran etc and pulses and legumes such as green gram, bengal gram, green peas etc. Eating enough of fruits and vegetables per day helps to provide the much needed fiber. Taking non habit forming supplements such as isabgol or psyllium husks or any other fiber substitute can help to regularize bowel movements.

Drinking about 2 liters of water per day will help to moisten the stool. Fiber and water together add bulk to the stool and help in eased evacuation of stool. So guzzle enough of water to keep your system clean.

Exercising daily helps to maintain regular bowel movements. Waking up early too helps in bowel evacuation. Eating on regular times and having a good sleep-wake routine can help you maintain normal bowel movements.

If the condition aggravates, then you will need to get treated by a gastroenterologist, who specializes in disorders related to the gastrointestinal system.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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