How to avoid Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids (also known as piles) are not a particularly pleasant topic to discuss, and the embarrassment that can surround the subject means that most of us don’t know very much about them. When they do occur, they can be painful, cause bleeding from the back passage and can be rather itchy, so it’s best to try and avoid getting them in the first place.

To help you do that, as well as to reduce the risk of a reoccurrence, here are a few top tips that we recommend…

1. Ingest plenty of fibre

Hemorrhoids are most common in people whose bowel movements are irregular, and one of the easiest ways to help with regular bowel movements and prevent them from occurring is to eat plenty of fibre. This can be gained through either natural sources, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, or through supplements if you feel like your diet is lacking in the correct amounts. Aim to ingest 25 to 30 grams per day for best effect.

2. Drink lots

Another eminently cheap and simple preventative way is to make sure that you’re drinking enough fluids. This helps to avoid constipation and thus reduces straining when you do go to the toilet, so aim to drink between six and eight glasses of water per day to keep your digestive system healthy and happy.

3. Exercise more

Although high-impact exercise such as weightlifting can increase abdominal pressure and straining, less strenuous forms can actually help to reduce your risk of hemorrhoids by keeping your bowels regular. It has the added benefit of getting you on your feet and off your bottom, which relieves pressure on the veins in your lower rectum. Yoga, swimming, and walking are probably the best exercises for bowel health, but most moderate activity will be beneficial.

4. Go when you need to

Finally, we recommend paying heed to Mother Nature and going to the toilet when you need to. This means no more waiting for a suitable window of time before emptying your bowels, but going as soon as you feel the urge so that the likelihood of straining is reduced.

Keeping your bowels in tip-top shape is one of the easiest and simplest ways to minimise your risk of developing hemorrhoids, so follow these four straightforward steps to keep your body as happy and healthy as possible.

If you’d like to discuss your condition with us for peace of mind, please contact Apple Surgical Clinic today on 0161 495 7756 or email

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