Foods to help reduce symptoms and prevent hemorrhoids

High-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits, and seeds can help people with hemorrhoids reduce symptoms of hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in, around the anus and rectum swell due to pressure. People with hemorrhoids often experience symptoms such as bloody stools, burning pain around the anus, swelling, hard lumps around the anus, anal itching… Changing the diet such as eating more fiber is often recommended. Recommended to relieve symptoms and prevent hemorrhoids. High-fiber foods, along with fluid intake (caffeine-free, alcohol-free) can make stools softer and easier to pass. Fiber supplements can reduce bleeding associated with hemorrhoids by 50%, according to Very Well Health (America).

There are many fiber-rich foods that can be included in the daily diet including:

Vegetable: Lettuce, raw carrots, spinach, asparagus, radishes, cruciferous vegetables, mushrooms, pumpkins, baked potatoes, boiled sweet potatoes, broccoli, artichokes, squash… are vegetables with high fiber content.

Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables can help reduce hemorrhoid symptoms. Image: Freepik

Fruit: This is a good source of fiber, good for people with hemorrhoids, especially dried fruit. You can add fruits like apples with skin, avocado, bananas, peaches, pears, zucchini, prunes, berries, figs, kiwi… to your diet.

CerealWhole grains: Whole grains add fiber and help you feel good because they’re easy to make into many delicious dishes. Whole-grain cereal with milk, baked oats, whole-grain bread are suggestions for breakfast.

Brown rice: You can make brown rice vermicelli or cook brown rice. In addition, nuts such as popcorn, quinoa, whole grains, wheat… are also good sources of fiber for people with hemorrhoids.

Legumes, nuts and seeds: Another food source to increase fiber intake is legumes such as lentils, black beans, peas, nuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.

When increasing the amount of fiber in your daily meal, you should increase it slowly, avoiding bloating and abdominal distention due to the body absorbing too much fiber at the same time. Besides, you should also drink adequate amounts of fluids (except caffeine and alcohol).

People suffering from hemorrhoids should avoid foods that contain little or no fiber, milk and dairy products, and limit eating meat, chips, and fast food. Processed foods such as sausages, sausages, beef jerky… also need to be removed from the daily menu because they are high in fat and low in fiber, making people with hemorrhoids more constipated.

Besides changing the diet, the patient should pay attention to avoid straining when having a bowel movement, limit the time sitting on the toilet, and regularly apply ice to the anal area. If you are bleeding more than usual, symptoms do not improve after a week of applying home solutions, accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea or fever, dizziness … you should go to the hospital.

Mr. Chi
(Follow Very Well Health)


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