New Tips for Hemorrhoid Prevention
In April 2013 we briefly discussed 5 Top Hemorrhoid Prevention tips, covering hydration, diet, stress and exercise. The following new hemorrhoid prevention tips have been helpful for many patients as well, and they don’t take up extra time or effort.
Lubrication: Rectal lubricants may help, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. What we have found is that adding fats like omega, fish, olive, or coconut oils daily into the diet may help the stool pass more smoothly through the rectum. Pick one meal a day and add a tablespoon or two. Some good choices are adding omega or coconut oil to a smoothie or fruit for breakfast, or making homemade salad dressings with olive oil. (Olive oil is fabulous when drizzled over steamed or sauteed vegetables by the way!) As an added benefit, oils also may help keep inflammation down in the body.
Fiber: One way of adding fiber to the diet is by using supplements that contain psyllium, pectin, guar gum, among others. This is a great way to introduce fiber into the diet. However, the best way is to get fiber from whole foods that you eat every day. Some of the best fiber choices are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans. One small salad or a handful of nuts goes a long way when it comes to fiber. It can be a challenge at times to get the daily fiber requirement of 25 to 35 grams a day, which is why many choose to supplement as well.
Wipe Wet: Wetting the toilet tissue before wiping is a soothing way to not scratch or irritate the anal area when going to the bathroom. You can use either warm or cool water, depending on your preference. After you wipe with the wet tissue, wet another one and hold it for a few seconds on the irritated area to make sure the area is completely cleaned.
Use a Squatty Potty: Sounds like it’s meant for potty training, this is a toilet stool meant for colon health. Ideally, the squat position is considered the best for our anatomy as well as when having a bowel movement. Many believe that this slight change in position also prevents irritation when going to the bathroom and keeps the stool from pushing on hemorrhoids. Elevation stools fit snugly around the toilet and are the perfect way to elevate the feet while sitting down. The squatty potty runs about $30, although there are others on the market.
You can implement each of the above hemorrhoid prevention tips either one at a time, or all at the same time, to help things move more smoothly when having a bowel movement.