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A key question we are regularly asked is…
Diet and Hydration are important factors when it comes to maintaining your health and wellness. Ensuring you have a balanced diet with plenty of fibre can fend off constipation and prevent the development of haemorrhoids.
If we don’t drink enough water or eat enough fibre, out stools can become hard, making them difficult to pass. This can result in the increase straining or less bowel movements than usual, creating build-up.
Straining too much will put pressure on blood vessels, which can lead to areas becoming swollen and enlarged. This can cause pain, discomfort, bleeding and be really itchy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have piles.
Any foods that have the ability to scrape or irritate your haemorrhoids on the way out is a problem, so you should avoid certain nuts, seeds and popcorn when experiencing a flare up.
You may also want to avoid food that causes haemorrhoids to swell, such as foods with spices and hot sauces.
Here is a list of other specific foods that are known to irritate haemorrhoids:
Nutrition can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t yet know how calories, sodium, fibre and more interact with your body and your gut.
We recommend speaking to your doctor before making any diet, health and nutrition changes.