Hemorrhoid Pain Relief
with Healing Foods

The best hemorrhoid pain relief is often achieved without resorting to expensive treatment or complicated procedures. There's so many healing foods at our disposal that often it's just a question of making the right choices.



Please, take some time to understand what causes hemorrhoids (or piles) and also what the best hemorrhoids treatment is by looking up the related pages. It'll give you a better insight into the problem, which will help you solve it once for all.

Best Foods for Hemorrhoid Pain Relief

Beans

Legumes (or beans) of all type are excellent in promoting healthy colons and bowel function as they tend to produce softer, bulkier stools, which scientists believe are protective against constipation, diverticular disease, hemorrhoids and other bowel dysfunctions, and possibly colon cancer.

If you're not used to eating them, they might produce some gas and discomfort at first, but if you introduce them gradually and give your body time to produce the needed enzymes to digest them, soon the problem will pass.

Beans are one of your best choices for hemorrhoid pain relief.




Berries

Even people who eat loads of fibre and drink water by the gallons will occasionally have a problem with constipation and possibly, hemorrhoids.

This is why some doctors believe that you should do everything possible to strengthen the anal veins, just in case.

"With hemorrhoids, the connective tissues in the blood vessel walls within the rectum have degenerated", says John Neustadt, ND, medical director of Montana Integrative Medicine in Bozeman. To strengthen these blood vessel walls, Dr. Neustadt suggests you eat berries.

"Brightly coloured fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and cherries contain anthocyanins, flavonoids that can improve blood vessel strength, which can reduce pain and swelling", he says.

When the walls of the capillaries and veins in the anus are strengthened, they're less likely to stretch under pressure and lead to hemorrhoids. "Eat a cup of these berries a day to help protect against hemorrhoids", he says.

While you can get the benefits of these compounds by eating whole berries, juices provide a more concentrated form to keep the veins strong. Doctors who specialise in nutritional healing recommend drinking 4 oz./100ml of the berry juice mixed with an equal amount of apple juice every day.

Other research suggests that they may also reduce the pain, bleeding, itching and even the recurrence of hemorrhoids, so they must be included in your hemorrhoid pain relief treatment.




The Flavonoids Family

Vitamin C is also essential for the health of the blood vessels, but to take the benefits of vitamin C one step further, flavonoid are powerful antioxidants that enhance vitamin C's ability to protect and improve blood vessel function.

The most beneficial flavonoids for hemorrhoids include diosmin, hesperidin, rutin and quercitin.

In fact, finely ground, highly purified diosmin and hesperidin are active ingredients in some prescription hemorrhoid drugs.

They can also be found in these flavonoid-rich foods (among many others), so make sure to include as many of these foods as you can in your hemorrhoid pain relief treatment:

  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Berries
  • Black tea
  • Broccoli
  • Buckwheat
  • Celery
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green tea
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Red peppers
  • Tomatoes


Kale and Spinach

Vitamin K is key for helping blood clot, and eating more of the green leafy vegetables may benefit people who have hemorrhoids that bleed.

The recommended amount of vitamin K is 65 mcg. for women and 80 mcg. for men, an amount that's easily reached by eating a serving of bitter greens like kale, spinach and turnip greens, as well as broccoli and even green tea.





Pineapple

High in soluble fibre, pineapple is a tasty way to promote healthy bowels and encourage hemorrhoid pain relief.

Pineapple also has lots of bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme that helps reduce swelling and inflammation of the varicose veins that make up hemorrhoids.




Whole Grains

Foods made with whole grains - grains that haven't had their bran and germ removed by milling - are great sources of fibre.

Some of the best include:

  • barley
  • buckwheat
  • bulgar wheat
  • cracked wheat
  • millet
  • oat
  • rye

Oats, for example, are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Bulgar, which is wheat in its whole form, is one of the most healthful foods you can eat. Besides being extremely high in fibre, studies show that bulgar wheat might also help prevent colon and breast cancer as well as heart disease and diabetes.

So try to include whole-wheat versions of bread, cereal, pasta, crackers, tortillas and even cookies in your best hemorrhoids treatment.

Read more on Whole Grain Foods by clicking on the link.



For the best hemorrhoid pain relief treatment you might want to avoid these foods:

  • Alcohol - Don't drink alcohol while hemorrhoids are flaring. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes your body to lose water. You need more, not less, water when you have hemorrhoids.
  • Coffee - Although the caffeine in coffee signals your large intestine to contract and keep your bowel awake and working, drinking too much coffee removes more fluids from your body than it puts in. When used addictively, caffeine prevents your bowels from maintaining their natural rhythm. If you drink coffee, try to limit yourself to fewer three cups a day to avoid constipation and hemorrhoids.
  • Dairy foods - Foods such as cheese, milk and ice cream have little or no fibre and contain an insoluble protein called casein, which slows digestion and worsens constipation.
  • Spicy foods - Hot, spicy foods can cause the tender nerves around hemorrhoids to burn when you have a bowel movement.


The best way to prevent and treat hemorrhoids is undoubtedly to prevent constipation. Please, have a look at the extensive list of Foods for Constipation.

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What Causes Hemorrhoids

Best Hemorrhoids Treatment


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What Causes Hemorrhoids

Best Hemorrhoids Treatment

Hemorrhoid Pain Relief with Healing Foods

Causes of Constipation

Symptoms of Constipation

Foods that Relieve Constipation (Part 1) - Discussing Apples, Beans, Berries, Flaxseed and Dried Fruits

Foods that Relieve Constipation (Part 2) - Discussing Dark Leafy Greens, Ginger, Honey, Rhubarb, Squash and Coffee

High Fibre Diet Plan

Benefits of Fibre

Prune Juice for Constipation