Foods For Piles – 5 Foods to fight Hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids also known as piles, these distended or swollen veins in the anus and lower parts of your rectum if left untreated, can clot or bulge and may become a potential risk which may require advanced laser surgery treatment.

Fortunately, some foods can help to cure or reduce the symptoms and may even help prevent piles in the first place, if the issue is treated at early stages.

Let us take a look at 5 specific foods that can help to prevent this problem and also ways to include them into your meals.

Eat more fibre, stay hydrated” is the principle to follow when choosing the top 5 foods to eat when suffering from Haemorrhoids.5 best foods for piles

Whole grains:

Whole-grain flours, millets, broken wheat or brown rice can be the best carbohydrate options to boost the amount of insoluble fibre in the diet. Cooked oats and barley can be made a part of daily consumption to ensure soluble fibre in the diet. Fibre rich snacks made from corn or multigrain can make a constipation free change in daily diet.

Beans, legumes, lentils and nuts:

The legume family offers abundance of fibre. Daily liberal dose of different bean varieties can suffice the daily goal for fibre. Cooked lentils in the form of curries and soups are safe sources of protein with added advantage of fibre. Sprouted lentils are not only rich in fibre but also provide nutrients like vitamin C, proteins and calcium that help to treat haemorrhoids. At least 1 cup of cooked sprouts daily can facilitate bowel movements.

Fruits and Vegetables:

Fresh leafy greens make an integral part of the diet plan for piles. Whole, unpeeled vegetables without much damage to the skin consumed daily can ensure more fibre. Leafy greens like cabbage, lettuce, spinach and other vegetables like broccoli, pumpkin or green peas can earn high quality fibre.

Keeping the skin intact on fruits and vegetables like apples, pears and plums would be ideal to ensure all the insoluble fibre as well as compounds called flavonoids that can help control haemorrhoid bleeding are available. Brightly coloured produce such as berries, grapes, tomatoes and carrots are packed with flavonoids when consumed whole and fresh. Veggies and fruits that have fibre plus a lot of water like cucumbers, gourds, capsicums and watermelon serve a double benefit in easing the stools.

Habit of including a spread of fruits like berries or bananas in the morning cereal, apple chunks on the salad, vegetables in soups that are not strained, spinach in the omelette or grated carrots in a cup of yogurt increase creativity in developing a fibre essential diet pattern. Dried fruits like figs, raisins, apricots and dates can be stored as alternative foods.

Psyllium husk:

Psyllium is a terrific addition to increase dietary fibre. It serves as a preventative measure as it is known to relieve constipation and loosen the stools. Soluble fibres in it makes the stool bulky and reduces the pressure during defecation. Psyllium can easily be added as psyllium husk, husk powder or seeds to foods such as breakfast cereal or yogurt daily, to provide a host of benefits for people with haemorrhoids.

Fluids:

3 to 4 litres of fluids is considered a must for constipation relief. 6 to 8 glasses of water or non-alcoholic liquids everyday can make the stools soft. Fresh unstrained fruit juices or soups with carrots, radish and beets improve fluid intake with the added benefit of vitamins and minerals that aid digestion.

Your doctor is the best person to recommend what to eat which may reduce the symptoms of piles. Eating foods that are high in fiber can make stools softer and easier to pass and can help treat and prevent hemorrhoids. Visit your near piles speciality hospital or ask your piles specialist about how much you should eat and drink a particular diet each day and based on your health and activity level, he may suggest you the best diet plan for your Hemorrhoids treatment.

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Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran

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