Adherence to a proper diet is essential for people with hemorrhoids, as it can alleviate some symptoms and build a foundation for your recovery.
Let’s keep it simple. We’ve prepared lists of food that can help and food to avoid.
First and foremost hydration is always key. It is mandatory to take a minimum of 2 liters of water per day, distributed evenly through the day, in order to properly hydrate the body and ensure its normal functioning.
Increase the intake of foods rich in fiber – fruits, vegetables and fiber in ready-made forms. There are two types of fiber – “soluble” and “insoluble”. The first dissolves into a gel-like goo that helps with your digestive tract and softens your stool, the latter helps with keeping things moving in your gut and bulks up the stool. Both of these are required for a healthy digestive system and most-fiber rich foods have both. We recommend a daily intake of 25-30 grams of fiber. The variety of fiber-rich products is great and in you can get an in-depth consultation by either a pharmacy or a dietologist. Here’s our top picks and why to add them to your diet:
- Legumes – beans (kidney, navy, lima, black), lentils, peas and nuts. They are all packed full of both types of fiber and are easy to incorporate into one’s diet. Keep in mind that nuts are also rich in fat (the good kind!) so don’t over-indulge!
- Wholegrains – whole-wheat products, barley, corn, quinoa, spelt, brown rice, whole rye and oats (we recommend steel-cut oats). They are rich in insoluble fiber, which help move your digestion along.
- Fruits and vegetables – packed full of nutritional goodness, there’s no point in going in-depth why they are imperative for a good diet. Here are our recommendations and why and how they help:
- Apples, pears and plums and please don’t peel any of them! That’s where all the fiber is and so-called flavonoids, which help control hemorrhoid bleeding.
- Brightly colored produce – berries (especially raspberries), grapes, tomatoes and dark, leafy greens like kale. They’re all rich in flavonoids and we recommend eating them whole.
- Cruciferous veggies – include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, arugula, bok choy, kale, radishes, turnips, and cabbage. Not only are they loaded with insoluble fiber, they also contain glucosinolate, which can be broken down by your gut bacteria, which helps in creating a diverse gut microbiome, giving you a more resilient gastrointestinal system.
- Root veggies – sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, rutabagas, carrots, and potatoes, also with the skin on. A lot of the fiber is stored in the skin, as well as resistant starch, which is great for your gut bacteria.
- Water-rich veggies and fruits – Bell peppers, celery, cucumbers (with peel), squash (yellow squash, zucchini, acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin) and melons. While not as fiber-rich as the afore mentioned healthy goodies, these help with hydrating your digestive tract, softening your stool.
Okay, we’ve given you a basic idea of what to add to your diet, but it is also important to know what to avoid. Here’s our list:
- Spicy foods and spices – black and red pepper, curry and other hot peppers. These can irritate the digestive tract. Onions and garlic are allowed.
- White flour and derived subproducts – white breads, pasta, bagels.
- Red and processed meats – may exacerbate constipation.
- Dairy products – milk, cheese, ice cream, etc.
- Fried food – difficult to digest and hard on your digestive tract.
- Alcohol – it can dry up your stool and exacerbate the discomfort that comes with hemorrhoids.
- Caffeine and carbonated beverages – they can harden your stool and make your visits to the bathroom that much more difficult.
Well, that’s our list! We sincerely hope this helps you on your way to a healthier digestive tract and diminishes the pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids! If you have advanced stage hemorrhoids and/or pain and discomfort, we recommend trying one of our 100% natural remedies. We have created a streamlined recipe to combat hemorrhoids, suitable for anybody at any age with zero side-effects. Check out our ointment here and our innovative product Hemorrel Intra for internal hemorrhoids here.