Hemorrhoids. How To Lower Your Risks.
The relentless itching and burning during a hemorrhoid flare-up can leave you feeling as if you’re the only person in the world experiencing this condition. Everyday tasks such as attending a meeting or standing in line at the grocery store become trials of endurance; you feel like all eyes are on you and the only thing you can think about is finding some way to relieve your symptoms. There are measures you can take to ease your discomfort from hemorrhoids, but the best course of action is to prevent them from occurring. Your proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon, can advise you on these and other preventative measures. Here are five easy ways to lower your hemorrhoid risk factors.
1. Eat a digestive-friendly diet
To maximize the health of your digestive tract, and to promote soft, easy bowel movements, drink your recommended fluid intake daily. Drink plenty of water or fluids. This may help avoid difficult bowel movements or constipation. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains, and eat sensibly, until you are comfortably full. Smaller meals, eaten throughout the day are far easier to digest than fewer large meals. If you still experience constipation after adhering to this pattern, consider adding a daily fiber supplement to your regime. Healthy adults require between 25 and 30 grams of dietary fiber per day.
2. Exercise to increase blood flow
Hemorrhoids are caused by genetic factors, age and/or circulating blood pooling within the veins of your pelvis and rectal regions. As the pressure of this blood becomes too much for your veins to handle, the veins enlarge and expand the tissue surrounding them. Daily exercise can stimulate blood flow to these locations and prevent your veins from swelling under the pressure of poor circulation.
3. Practice good toilet habits
To lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids, use the toilet as soon as you have the urge to defecate; don’t try to hold it as this will place stress on the veins responsible for creating hemorrhoids. Also, try to remain calm and relaxed while on the toilet; if you feel as though you must strain to pass your bowel movement, consider giving it a little more time until it passes more naturally. Sitting on a toilet for an extended period of time will add to the likelihood of developing a hemorrhoid condition, so if necessary, use a stool softener to assist in the digestion process. Your colorectal surgeon (also known as a proctologist) in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills will be able to advise you as to which remedies can be ingested safely.
4. Reduce stress
Stress can be a big contributing factor to constipation, which in turn can lead to hemorrhoids. Work relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Some common techniques include yoga, meditation, and scent therapy.
5. Try Kegel exercises
Kegel exercises can strengthen the muscles in the uterine and rectal regions. These are the same muscles responsible for the final stage of your bowel movements, making Kegels a great technique for aiding in circulation, minimizing incontinence, and staving off hemorrhoids.
Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates
You can lower your risk factors for developing hemorrhoids by practicing the above five tips. Sometimes though, hemorrhoidal development is out of our control. When this is the case, the next course of action is to seek treatment from a professional. You can contact a specialist at Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates for an examination and advise you how to effectively treat your hemorrhoidal symptoms. (310)273-2310.