What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids – are swollen veins in the anal canal. This can be painful, but is usually not serious. There are internal and external Hemorrhoids.
Internal Hemorrhoids – Veins can swell inside the canal to form internal hemorrhoids.
External Hemorrhoids – veins can swell near the opening of the anus to form external hemorrhoids.
you can have both types at the same time. The symptoms and treatment depend on which type you have.
There are medical conditions that can lead to hemorrhoids, as well as risk factors that are beyond anyone’s control, such as their age.
- Medical condition that increase abdominal pressure, such as liver diseases.
Preventable Causes Of Hemorrhoids
The vast majority of the preventable causes of hemorrhoids can be remedied by a few simple steps, including drinking adequate fluids, adding fiber-rich foods to the diet such as fruit and vegetables, and not trying to force a bowel movement. Known causes:
- Bearing down too hard too long
- Chronic constipation
- Too little fiber
- Hard stools
- Sitting on the toilet for extended periods of time
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids (ones that are inside the anal cavity) usually cause painless bleeding at the end of a bowel movement. Blood can be a sign of a serious problem so it’s important to be evaluated by a health professional.
Other symptoms are a sensation of fullness, usually described as feeling the urge to have a bowel movement even when there is no stool. Straining worsens the discomfort.
There may be acute pain, itching, and irritation around the anus. This often occurs when the hemorrhoid has prolapsed and can be seen outside the anus or it can be caused when a blood clot develops or the hemorrhoid becomes twisted. There may be a painful lump or swelling around the anus. These may be serious and requires evaluation.
• Grade I: No prolapse, just prominent blood vessels.
• Grade II: Prolapse upon bearing down but spontaneous reduction.
• Grade III: Prolapse upon bearing down requiring manual reduction.
• Grade IV: Prolapse with inability to be manually reduced.
External hemorrhoids – (outside the anus) can often be felt as a bulge in the anus. Although they can be itchy and painful, they sometimes don’t cause typical symptoms. External hemorrhoids are sensitive to pain and temperature.
Many anorectal problems, including fissures, fistulae, abscesses, colorectal cancer, rectal varices and itching have similar symptoms and may be incorrectly referred to as hemorrhoids. Rectal bleeding may also occur owing to colorectal cancer, colitis including inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, and angiodysplasia. If anemia is present, other potential causes should be considered.
Other conditions that produce an anal mass include: skin tags, anal warts, rectal prolapse, polyps and enlarged anal papillae. Due to increased portal hypertension (blood pressure in the portal venous system) may present similar to hemorrhoids but are a different condition.You should consult your Physician .
Natural Treatment For Hemorrhoids
I first came across this powerful formula for healing hemorrhoids at Jini’s Patel Thompson Website Listen to your Gut. After I tried with my client circle and observed amazing results, I highly recommend this natural treatment and protocols .
HemorrHeal for external hemorrhoids
HemorrHeal SUPPOSITORIES for internal hemorrhoids
HemorrHeal LIQUID for internal hemorrhoids
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You will find detailed instructions and downloadable Jini’s Healing Guide: Natural Treatments for Hemorrhoids and dosages.
“I have provided two formulations for those with internal hemorrhoids, depending on your application preference. Personally, I find the suppositories easier to use, but they are a lot more hassle to make. Also, the liquid formula is stronger, so may work better for some people. So you’ll have to take a look at each, maybe test them and then determine which you prefer.” – Jini Patel Thompson
Reducing constipation and softening stool
1. Consume high fiber foods as part of your hemorrhoid diet: Constipation and impacted feces are linked to a higher incidence of hemorrhoids because of increased abdominal and colonic pressure during the elimination process. A diet high in fruits and vegetables and whole grains including a good dose of raw fruits and veg on a daily basis is the number one tip here. Fiber like Chia seeds, Psyllium husk, Flax seeds also may help.
2. Get Enough Water as part of a hemorrhoid diet: Water is key for fiber to function as an antidote to constipation.
3. Avoid a diet high in refined carbs as part of your hemorrhoid diet: A diet high in refined carbs has much or all of the fiber removed or destroyed along with micronutrients like zinc and chromium needed for good vascular health. A diet high in animal foods can be low in fiber, because animal foods lack fiber. As well, an excess of refined foods, including added sugars as in sodas and baked goods are fiber and nutrient depleted as well as inflammatory.
4. Limit saturated fats dominant in animal foods and avoid too many Omega 6 rich foods– Too much saturated fat found predominately in animal foods like meat and dairy as well as a high ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats can lead to inflammation.
Foods and Supplements to Avoid or Resolve Hemorrhoids
by strengthening and maintaining healthy blood vessels
Omega 3 oils – Increasing your Omega 3 fat intake is important for healthy skin and mucous membrane as well as lowering your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. Our modern diet often leaves us Omega 3 deficient as well, via an overabundance of inflammation causing Omega 6 oils compared to Omega 3 oils, with the anti-inflammatory effect of our Omega 3’s being impaired. Omega 3 fats have an important anti-inflammatory function that is extremely useful when it comes to a condition like hemorrhoids. Omega 3s are abundant in cold water fish and their oils but also in certain seeds and their oils including flax and chia seeds.
Flax Seeds to Combat hemorrhoids – Flax seeds are high in Omega 3 oils and are a good way to soften stool to avoid constipation and the pain of hemorrhoids. Soak 125 ml/1/4 cup of seed overnight in a glass of water and drink the gel-like concoction the next day for an effective anti –inflammatory constipation remedy. This is ideal to fight hemorrhoids. To get the maximum Omega 3s from your seeds use the cold pressed flax oil on salads or vegetables or grind and sprinkle raw seeds on soups and salads.
Vitamin C – is needed to form and maintain tissue matrix including healthy blood vessels. Recall that the primary symptoms of the iconic Vitamin C deficiency disease, scurvy, are leaky blood vessels. While scurvy is rare today, Vitamin C levels are routinely reduced by stress, too much junk or processed foods and too much alcohol – Mmn, sounds like the modern diet! Ensure you get enough Vitamin C via your food or supplements to strengthen and maintain healthy blood vessels including those in the backside. Luckily, Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables are great for constipation as well .
Vitamin E – Is a fat soluble vitamin important for healthy cell membrane as well as the prevention of inflammation and especially healing inflamed tissue, important when trying to shrink hemorrhoids. Nuts and seeds are vitamin E rich.
Magnesium – Is often deficient in the modern diet but is key for good vascular tone and integrity as well as nerve and muscle function, including peristaltic action of the colon that propels feces towards the anus and enable defecation. Make sure you get enough magnesium rich food in your diet (including dark leafy greens). Supplement if necessary.
Zinc– This is an important micro mineral often deficient in our western diet because it is removed in the refining process. Getting enough is important in any anti-inflammatory diet including the hemorrhoid diet.
Supportive Lifestyle Strategies To Prevent Hemorrhoids
While prevention is better than cure, these lifestyle strategies can both help avoid hemorrhoids and reduce recurrence.
1 . Use proper defecation techniques (Have I now piqued your interest?) – Squatting or Eastern toilets beat our Western style “throne toilets” by a long shot. While this is not an option for most of us, one easy strategy to avoid straining is, when seated on the toilet, rest your feet on a stool (no pun intended) or telephone book. The key is that your bent knees remain higher than your hips. This posture promotes easier elimination and helps avoid strain or pressure in the anal area, one of the key contributors to hemorrhoids in the first place.
2. Exercise and avoid prolonged standing and activities that put pressure on your backside – Aside from my overly ambitious bicycling efforts while pregnant, physical activity that maintains toned abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are great choices to avoid hemorrhoids. Kegel exercises that maintain your pelvic floor can help. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods or doing any activity that puts prolonged pressure on the backside.
3. Avoid or reduce stress – Stress is a risk factor for hemorrhoids as well as, for that matter, constipation and inflammation. Stress releases hormones that on a chronic basis can inhibit bowel action as well as contribute to inflammation. Magnesium rich foods can have a calming effect on muscles. Train muscles to relax, instead of tense in stressful situations and eat only when calm and in a relaxed environment.
4.Chew food slowly and well to aid digestion and nutrient absorption – This is underrated advice, especially in our fast paced lives when eating on the run, socializing, working on the computer or talking on the phone are the norm…. Your diet is only as good as what your body absorbs. Chewing is the first stage of adequate digestion. You skip it at your peril.
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