A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Hemorrhoids
I had a question the other day about hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anal canal.
They’re a common problem, they can be painful, but they’re usually not serious.
Veins can swell inside your anal canal to form internal hemorrhoids.
Or they can swell near the opening of your anus to form external hemorrhoids.
You can have both types at the same time.
The symptoms and treatment depend on which type you have.
Too much pressure on the veins in your pelvic and rectal area causes hemorrhoids.
Normally, tissue inside your anus fills with blood to help control bowel movements.
If you strain to move stool, the increased pressure causes the veins in these tissues to swell and stretch.
This can cause hemorrhoids.
Diarrhea or constipation may also lead to straining and can increase pressure on the veins in your anal canal.
Pregnant women can get hemorrhoids during the last 6 months of pregnancy.
This is because of increased pressure on the blood vessels in the pelvic area.
Straining to push the baby out during labor can make hemorrhoids worse.
Being overweight can also lead to hemorrhoids.
The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
>Bleeding during bowel movements. You might see streaks of bright red blood on the toilet paper after you strain to have a bowel movement.
>Rectal pain. It may be painful to clean your anal area.
Internal hemorrhoids. With internal hemorrhoids, you might see bright red streaks of blood on toilet paper or bright red blood in the toilet bowl after you have a normal bowel movement.
You may see blood on the surface of the stool.
Internal hemorrhoids often are small, swollen veins in the wall of your anal canal.
But they can be large, sagging veins that bulge out of the anus all the time.
They can be painful if they bulge out and are squeezed by your anal muscles.
They can be very painful if the blood supply to the hemorrhoid is cut off.
If hemorrhoids bulge out, you also might see mucus on the toilet paper or stool.
External hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids can get irritated and clot under your skin, causing a hard, painful lump.
This is called a thrombosed, or clotted, hemorrhoid.
Most hemorrhoids can be treated at home.
Healthy habits can help you prevent hemorrhoids or keep them from getting worse.
To deal with hemorrhoids it’s beneficial to:
*Maintain good bowel health; review my blog post on poop
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to soften stool, flush the system, and keep hydrated.
*Increase your essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Eat lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies.
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Eat a fiber-rich diet.
*Consider a liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanse.
*Get regular exercise.
*Practice good stress and relaxation techniques.
*Take a natural calcium/magnesium supplement because this supports bowel function.
*Discover “hidden” allergies and sensitivities as discussed above.
*Eliminate toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Eliminate caffeine or other stimulants.
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