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Haemorrhoids or piles is a common problem and is literally a pain in the ass. Bleeding while trying passing motion accompanied by pain is a classic sign of piles.
What are haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids are blood vessels that line smooth muscles along the walls of the anus and rectum. The blood vessels often get inflamed and the blood in these vessels starts coagulating and exerts pressure on the walls of the vessels, causing bleeding and pain. Piles mostly affects people in the age group of 45-65 years and one of the major causes for haemorrhoids is constipation. Here are 5 causes of piles you should be aware of.
A study published in ThePremanente Journal says that avoiding constipation and hard stool is the best way to prevent haemorrhoids. A fibre rich diet of often the key to preventing constipation. The study also says that if a person is suffering haemorrhoids, he /she should eat at least 30-35 g of fibre daily. Beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain a substantial amount of fibre. You can eat dried figs, prunes, blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, pears, chickpeas, kidney and pinto beans, lentils, brown rice and oat bran cereals to improve your bowel movements. All these foods act as bulking agents and soften the stool by absorbing water. The study also says that you can also eat psyllium husk (isabgol) as it is a natural source of pure fibre. Here are top 10 home remedies for constipation that work (and how to use them)
Adequate water intake ( six to seven glasses of non-caffeinated beverages ) and an increase in daily activity is also important to prevent haemorrhoids. Here are 10 helpful tips to treat piles.
Villalba H, Abbas MA. Hemorrhoids: Modern Remedies for an Ancient Disease.The Permanente Journal. 2007;11(2):74-76.
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