Both men and women get them equally and while only about 1 in 25 people has them at any one point in time in the U.S., over 50% of those aged over 50 has to enjoy the annoyance that hemorrhoids provide.
Why do we get inflamed hemorrhoids?
- Poor diet that is not high enough in fiber or water (constipation aggravates hemorrhoids)
- Poor form while pooping (Yes, the modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault)
Interestingly, the reason that some 2nd and 3rd world countries have virtually zero inflamed hemorrhoids is likely because they eat better and squat while pooping.
Other risk factors associated with hemorrhoids:
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Obesity and being overweight
- Liver disease
- Prolonged sitting
- Heavy lifting
So how do we fix the pain-in-the-ass?
- Eat plenty of veggies, fruit, and water
- Poop while squatting
Other ways to avoid hemorrhoids:
- Avoid foods that cause constipation like dairy, processed grains, and too much meat
- Avoid dehydrating caffeine or alcohol
- Use natural stool softeners whenever constipated (i.e. psyllium husk fiber with lots of water)
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid sitting for too long (this includes sitting in front of TV)
- Don’t hold in bowel movements (go when nature calls!)
- Do not strain during a bowel movement
- Do not sit on the toilet for extended time periods (no reading on the throne!)
- Void – I mean avoid heavy lifting
Back to squatting… Who wants to squat while pooping? That seems like too much of a hassle.
Introducing SQUATTY POTTY. Clean, comfy, and effective.
The way to go natural, but not too natural.
This video is a couple minutes long butt teaches us so much about Squatty Potty (and so much more that I was never able to explain about rainbow soft serve ice cream).
The haiku mentioned in it sums it all up quite well:
“Oh squatty potty,
you fill me with endless joy,
yet leave me empty.”
If you care to purchase one, here’s the Squatty Potty website.
Other of my favorite natural remedies include:
- Witch hazel (commonly used to clean hemorrhoids naturally and help reduce pain & itching)
- Warm showers (warm water relieves pressure; use conditioner rectally to soften – no soaps as they can further inflammation)
- Sitz bath involves a small tub (bought at local pharmacy) that fits over a regular toilet and is used to easily soak hemorrhoids in warm water (can add witch hazel to it)
- Cold compress (witch hazel sprayed on soft tissue then frozen is great) to the anus can relieve swelling, pain and itching.
- Bottoms Up Balm
- Homeopathic Avenoc suppositories
And, because I can…
Man, this blog was a pain in the butt to write. Cha-ching.
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