We all love to eat, but there are times where we need to be more precise and choosing. Correct nutrition can have the ability to heal and prevent us from different diseases or make us feel more ill and tired.

Same with Hemorrhoids. It is important to know, what type of foods will help you to treat hemorrhoids and prevents from getting them back. As same important, it is to know, what should you avoid for not making them worse.

Below we have listed nutrition advice that is easy to follow and needs to be applied to treat hemorrhoids. Please read through and apply as much as possible for maximum effect. Correct nutrition is considered as one of the quickest ways to relieve pain related to straining during bowel movement.

Nutrition plays an important role in becoming and staying hemorrhoid free. In addition to that read also our: Complete guide to holistic hemorrhoids treatment. 

treating Hemorrhoids with correct nutrition

The key is to keep your stool soft and easy to pass, to avoid straining and damaging the rectum tissues during our bowel movement. The common action of sitting on the toilet itself is not a natural way how we stretch our rectum area and pelvic muscles. Therefore we need to limit the time we spend on the toilet.

To avoid and treat hemorrhoids we need to help our body to perform all the activities in the toilet as easy and as quick as possible. Eating foods that keep our stool in right consistency is the best way of doing it. Correct nutrition has also good benefit on our overall health!

What to eat:


Whole Grains 

Avoid refined grains and eat whole grain products. These will increase your fiber intake and help you to reduce constipation and hemorrhoid strain. They provide more protein, fiber, selenium, and folate, than refined grains.

Fiber-rich whole grain foods
Long-grain brown rice, wild Rice, Popcorn, Oatmeal, Whole grain cold cereals, Whole-grain corn, Whole oats, oatmeal, Brown rice, Whole rye, Whole-grain barley, Buckwheat, Triticale, Cracked wheat, Millet, Quinoa, Sorghum, and 100% whole wheat flour.

Oats are highly nutritious and one of the best source of soluble fiber. Therefore eat oatmeal for breakfast to keep away hemorrhoids. Also, barley is rich in fiber, it increases bulk and helps in softening the stools.

How to treat hemorrhoids with correct nutrition

Legumes
Legumes, such as lentils, split peas, beans provide valuable amounts of protein, micronutrients, such as fiber, iron, and B-vitamins. They have the ability to increase stool softness and ease pressure on hemorrhoids during bowel movements.

You can replace beef and other meat dishes with legumes like chili, casseroles, soups and tacos. Additional fiber-rich varieties include kidney beans, chickpeas, chili beans, black and white beans.

Yogurt and Kefir
Yogurt and kefir are well-known to provide help to prevent or treat hemorrhoids. They include probiotics and “friendly” bacteria that promote digestive health and immune function.

Consuming them will reduce dehydration and stimulate bowel movements. Therefore drink yogurt and kefir on regular basis, to gain best results.

Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contribute well to correct nutrition to treat hemorrhoids as they are valuable sources of fluids and fiber. They promote also a strong immune system as they are a perfect source of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Vegetables rich in fiber are cabbage, boiled carrots, broccoli and leafy greens.

Spinach is also known, to be one of the vegetables to work well for the digestive tract and for the cleansing and regenerating of the intestinal tract. It also promotes proper bowel movement.

Beets help in preventing the formation of hemorrhoids.

Juices include less fiber, but they promote hydration. Particularly hydrating are berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, watermelon, chestnuts, and celery.

A good combination to include both fiber and hydration are broth-based vegetable soups.

Eating papaya, prunes, figs and dried figs are an excellent remedy for constipation. 

Blueberries are a very good source of fiber and should be a must for anyone suffering from hemorrhoids.

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Fluids
Eating fruits and vegetables contribute well for consuming fluids, but in addition to that, it is important to drink several glasses of water per day to stay hydrated and to keep your stool soft. You may drink also herbal tea, low-fat milk, fresh fruit smoothies, gelatin, ice chips and all-fruit frozen bars.


What not to eat


Too much fiber

Fiber is good for treating hemorrhoids, but keep it all natural. Eating fiber supplements may build larger stools and make it harder to pass.

Laxatives 
Laxatives make the body lose fluids, which is a trigger for constipation. Related to that, loose stool is often high in acid content and may cause more pain and discomfort the in the rectum area.

Alcohol
It is highly dehydrating and can lead to the development of constipation. If you drink large amounts of alcohol you may also upset the digestive balance in your stomach in intestines, which could make elimination more painful. For the least amount of pain during your hemorrhoid outbreak, avoid drinking more than a glass or two of any alcoholic beverage.

Refined Grains
Refined grains lack fiber and other nutrients that aid proper digestion and elimination. Consequently, any refined grains that you eat can sit in the stomach or intestines for a while, contributing to constipation and stomach pain. This will make any hemorrhoid flare-ups more painful and can contribute to pain and swell at the hemorrhoids area.

Refined grain products are white or wheat bread and instant rice.

Processed Foods
Just like refined grains, processed foods are a danger during periods of hemorrhoid flare-ups. Processed foods contain few nutrients, a lot of salt and unhealthy fats. All of these ingredients can contribute to poor digestion and constipation. Processed foods like freezer meals, junk food, packaged sweets, and any other pre-packaged and processed foods will only contribute to further hemorrhoid pain.

Processed foods

Dairy
These products could promote constipation and make hemorrhoids worse. Typically they can contribute to constipation discomfort and pain during hemorrhoid outbreaks. Dairy does contribute to the production of gas, which can contribute to hemorrhoid pain and stomach cramps if you are already constipated.

Salt
Salt is dehydrating and can make stool harder to pass. Excessive amounts of salt can slow the digestive system, making bowel movements more painful. Additionally, a build-up of salt in the blood can cause bloating, which may make swollen hemorrhoids worse and more sensitive.

Deep-Fried Foods
They are full of unhealthy ingredients like unhealthy oils and a high-fat content. Deep-fried foods are heavy and hard to digest. This can slow down your entire digestive system, making it more difficult to have a bowel movement. And they are typically cooked in vegetable oils like corn, soy, and rapeseed oil. These oils are extremely inflaming and can cause damage to the intestinal walls. The damage can exacerbate existing hemorrhoids, making them larger and more painful.

Spicy Foods
If you have swollen hemorrhoids, you will want to stay away from spicy foods for a few days until your hemorrhoid pain leaves. Spicy foods can make bowel movements more painful, particularly if your hemorrhoids are bleeding or sore. In some cases, spicy foods may contribute to diarrhea, which is also painful during hemorrhoid flare-ups.

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Iron Supplements
During hemorrhoid outbreaks, you should stop taking them. Iron is a known constipating supplement, which is something you don’t want on top of hemorrhoid pain. Until your hemorrhoids heal, avoid taking iron in supplement form, and you may want to avoid iron-fortified foods for a few days as well.

Unripe Fruit
It could contribute pain and suffering for someone with hemorrhoids. They are difficult to digest and some fruit, like bananas, contains constipating compounds until the fruit fully ripens.

Constipating Medications
Many medications have the unfortunate side effect of causing constipation. This can spell disaster for hemorrhoids. Consult with your doctor before you use these.

Nutrition plays an important part of becoming and staying hemorrhoid free. Therefore take time and read one more time the whole post to record all the information of eating healthy and nutritious food.

Listen to your body and make the needed changes to remove discomfort, that is related to hemorrhoids. This may require changing your eating habits. But it`s  a small short-term sacrifice compared to to the constant pain that is related to hemorrhoids. Correct nutrition will contribute also to a more active and healthier life!

Read also our: Complete guide to holistic hemorrhoids treatment.