Anyone who is living with piles or hemorrhoids will tell you about the acute discomfort they experience. Piles causes swollen and irritated veins in the patient's anal opening along with painless bleeding. I was diagnosed with piles a few years ago and after I altered my diet and cut down on these seven food items, there was drastic improvement in my health and the symptoms of hemorrhoids started subsiding.
Spicy foods: If you're suffering from chronic constipation and hemorrhoids, spicy foods are your biggest enemy. Switch to a diet with lesser chillies and heat inducing spices and avoid binge-eating on street side foods. Your body will thank you for your decision.
Too much cheese: If like me, you're a cheese lover, the very thought of completely excluding it from your diet will make you feel depressed. While having the occasional cheese sandwich or pizza with extra cheese won't hurt you, excessive consumption will only aggravate your condition. Modify your diet by having cheese only once or twice a week and add it to your salads or sandwich so the fiber will aid in digestion.
Meat: After spicy foods, the other kind of food items that can make your piles or hemorrhoids worse is meat. Red meat specifically is more difficult to digest. If you've been noticing blood in your stools and constantly feel constipated, switch to a vegetarian diet for a while.
Alcohol: There's nothing wrong with having the occasional pint of beer or glass of wine but if you have the habit of going out with your friends and getting drunk every weekend, you need to stop. Alcohol causes dehydration which in turn worsens constipation and the symptoms of piles.
Processed and deep fried foods: Most working professionals don't have the time or inclination to have healthy, home-cooked food. If you're one of those people whose kitchen is stocked with ready made food and your idea of dinner is a burger and large fries, it will make your hemorrhoids go from bad to worse.
Caffeine: Bad news for coffee lovers with hemorrhoids. Caffeine is known to cause stomach irritations and also dehydration if you have a habit of consuming six to eight cups a day. Switch to green tea for smoother bowel movements.
Laxatives: While this isn't a food item, it is important for patients with hemorrhoids to realize that popping laxatives regularly will only worsen your condition in the long run. Go natural instead and have a glass of isapgol twice a day.