Having a balanced diet, rich in fiber, is the most effective lifestyle change you can make when suffering from hemorrhoids. When you combine a balanced, high-fiber diet with lots of fluids, you will soften your stools and increase their bulk. This is crucial in preventing straining, which can induce hemorrhoids or worsen your symptoms of existing ones. Constipation is most often caused by a diet low in fiber and high in dairy.
It’s a good idea to first check with your healthcare provider before you start a new diet or exercise plan.
There are two categories of fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and insoluble fiber doesn’t. Both are helpful in promoting movement through your digestive system. You can increase your fiber intake with certain foods, fiber supplements, or both. Good source of fiber includes vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts, and fruits.
Whenever you introduce more fiber to your daily menu, it’s crucial to drink plenty of water and start slowly. Doctors recommend at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages dehydrate your body, so it’s best to cut down on them.
To help your body adjust to increase in fiber, introduce it into your menu slowly to prevent increased gas and bloating. Wheat bran is a great fiber supplement since it causes less gas when compared to other fiber-rich foods.
Including foods high in good bacteria (probiotics) will further help you achieve digestive balance. Supplements, kefir, or yogurt are a great source of probiotics which are helpful when trying to treat hemorrhoids.
7 Ways to Stock up on Fiber
The following are seven simple ideas to increase your daily fiber intake. Don’t forget to add fiber gradually and drink plenty of water.
1. Start your day with a whole-grain cereal
When buying cereals, look for those that use “whole” in the description. Multigrain, stone-ground, and cracked wheat products have less fiber than whole wheat products. Read the fiber content in the nutritional box on packages. Try to get cereals with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving.
2. Bulk up on beans
Try and eat more beans since they are loaded with fiber. You can get more than half of the recommended daily fiber from most cooked beans. Mash them into dips, add them into salads, add them to pasta dishes, or stir them into soups.
3. More brown food, less white
Whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and whole-grain pasta are crucial elements in a high-fiber diet.
4. Whole-grain flour
You should substitute at least half, if not all white flour with whole-grain flour for your recipes. Because whole-grain flour is heavier than its white counterpart, increase baking powder by one teaspoon for every three cups of whole-grain flour.
5. An apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away
Apples have pectin, a soluble fiber that makes you feel full and digests slowly.
6. Happy trail mix
Either buy a trail mix at a store or make your own. Simply mix together nuts like cashews or almonds with raisins, whole-wheat pretzels, and sunflower seeds. Put this mix in your desk or car for a healthy, fiber-rich snack in-between meals.
7. Stealthy fiber cooking
Change out the breadcrumbs for instant oatmeals in dishes such as meatloaf. Or add ground flaxseed into your fruit yogurt or smoothie.
8 Tips to Add Fiber When Dining Out
Plan ahead before dining out. Look over their menu and start with the side dishes. Try to spot fiber-rich options such as baked potatoes, brown rice or steamed vegetables. Try to carefully read the description for every dish.
- For breakfast, choose whole-grain waffles or pancakes with berries or cereal like raisin bran or oatmeal. All fiber-rich choices to start your day.
- Substitute white bread with rye or whole wheat when getting a sandwich.
- Instead of french fries or chips, go for baked potatoes with their skin rich in fiber. That alone will add 4 to 5 grams of fiber to your meal.
- When ordering pasta, look for one filled with vegetables and request whole-wheat pasta.
- If you love Mexican-style restaurants, double up on the beans instead of rice.
- Not all rice is nice. When comparing brown rice to white, it has four times the fiber. One cup of brown rice has four grams of fiber.
- Get steamed vegetables for your side dish. If given the choice, select cauliflower, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts, which are all high in fiber.
- For dessert, choose something that has fresh berries. They not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also have great fiber content.
Hemorrhoids rarely need medical treatment and usually go away on their own with simple lifestyle and diet changes. However, if you hemorrhoids don’t go away after a week or two, or if they bleed heavily, it’s recommended to see a doctor right away. Follow our diet tips and live a more healthier life.
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