Taking Fiber to Reduce Hemorrhoids
Much like your in-laws, and that incoming call at 4:57pm on a Friday, hemorrhoids are one humongous pain in the a$$.
Unfortunately, being asked countless amount of life questions by your step mother each weekend is a terminal condition. We all know this. And there is no cure to untimely work obligations.
Hemorrhoids, though? They're uncomfortable and they're embarrassing. They suck.
But they can be treated.
HEMORRHOIDS – THE LOWDOWN
Hemorrhoids are blood vessels within the anus, that can become inflamed due to an increase in blood pressure. The result is itching, pain, and bleeding.
Hemorrhoid swelling - also known as piles- is often seen in conditions where there is a pressure build up in the rectum. Notably pregnancy, obesity, and perhaps more commonly – straining during bowel movements.
While a bleeding anus sounds terrifying, in most instances hemorrhoids are not that serious, and thankfully can be cleaned up by simply taking nature's finest intestinal plumber: fiber.
FIBER AND HEMORRHOIDS
In many cases, hemorrhoids occur as a consequence of feces being unable to smoothly pass through the digestive tract.
When this happens, your constipated individual is required to strain in order to defecate. This creates an immense pressure in the blood vessels, and before you know it – Hemorrhoid City.
No one wants to go here, which is why you need sufficient fiber in your diet.
Fiber improves the quality of your stool, by allowing it to coast seamlessly
through your digestive system and - one would hope - into the toilet.
A diet lacking fiber on the other hand is like a freeway logjam waiting to happen inside your gut. Except the cars are, you know - sh!t.
There are actually two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble.
Soluble fiber is digested to form a gel-like consistency, which helps soften stools. Insoluble fiber on the other hand retains its integrity during digestion, providing your stool with substance.
A healthy, free-flowing digestive tract (not too free-flowing - that'd be bad) requires both.
HIGH FIBER FOODS AND HEMORRHOIDS
Getting enough fiber in your diet is in theory, a relatively easy task. Plant foods, berries, whole grains, and legumes all carry a healthy dose of fiber – both soluble and insoluble.
The recommended amount is approximately 30g/day for an adult.
For example, half of that can be knocked off with a cup of cooked black beans. Fancy a pear? Of course you do. That's another 4g towards your total. Add in 3g from a baked sweet potato, and 8g from a cup of raspberries, and you're almost at your target.
SUPPLEMENTS TO THE RESCUE
In a perfect world, we'd all be smart, sexy, and eating 30g worth of fiber each day. But that 'aint real life.
For various reasons - dietary restrictions, demands of work, general laziness – hitting these numbers isn't always an easy task. Tracking your macronutrients each day is just another annoying thing to worry about.
Which is why the creator of convenience invented supplements. Hallowed be thy name.
One of the best fiber supplements for hemorrhoids is psyllium husk. Naturally derived from the Plantago Otova, psyllium is packed with enough fiber that any pooping troubles will be a thing of the past.
Want something even better? Yes, that exists:
Steel Stool is a proprietary blend of natural ingredients designed to ensure you have the healthiest and cleanest bowel movement possible.
Unlike a lot of supplements out there, when you take your Steel Stool isn't important – but it's important to take it with plenty of water! We recommend 8 oz for capsules, and 16 oz for powder.
Want to learn more about how Steel Stool can help you? Check out our blog How fiber supplements can help prevent constipation led by high