Yes, you read that right. You can prevent haemorrhoids. The key is to keep your digestive system in tip top shape with a healthy diet and regular exercise. If you are concerned about the health of your colon, don't be embarrassed. Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in the western world, but it is also one of the easiest to prevent and get screened for - so be early and don't put off scheduling an appointment with your doctor.
Read on to find out about how you can take steps towards preventing haemorrhoids before they even start. This article will go into more detail on how to prevent this embarrassing condition from occurring in the first place. But first let me explain what exactly haemorrhoids (say: hem-uh-roids) or so-called piles are. These are veins in your lower rectum and anus that are swollen. You can imagine them as something similar to varicose veins some people have on their legs. When haemorrhoids are internal, they can develop inside the rectum. If they are external, they will develop under the skin around the anus. Surprisingly, nearly three in four adults will suffer haemorrhoids at some stage during their life, and at different times. It looks like one or more little lumps protruding from the opening of the anus and they are dark bluish in color due to the blood that is inside the swollen blood vessel. Piles are happening when the bowel movement is either chronically strained (constipation) or with long-term diarrhoea. Most common symptoms are itchiness around the anus area, burning, discomfort or pain and blood in the stool.
We have compiled a number of things you can do to prevent the development, or further irritation of haemorrhoids:
- Switch to a diet with more fruits and vegetables that contain necessary nutrients to give your body the energy it needs.
- Eat foods that are rich in fibre such as wholegrain cereals, wholegrain bread with barley and rye, nuts and seeds and beans and pulses. These food groups will help delivering vital nutrients and also pass through your system without irritation.
- Drink plenty of water; this is especially important if you're suffering from constipation. The additional water should soften stool and make bowel movements more regular and easy.
- Please avoid straining during a bowel movement, this can cause haemorrhoids to form or worsen existing ones. A good practice is to head to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge. Then sit and relax on the toilet and give your body time to do the job. Have some reading material nearby.
- Clean the area very gently with either warm water or wet wipes, gently dry it and apply a haemorrhoids cream such as our 'Purely Essential Intimate Balance'. It is a liquid ointment that instantly cools, soothes and deodorises the area, and the natural plant essences help stop itching and burning and healing haemorrhoids relatively fast.
- Relax for around 5 minutes after every time you go to the bathroom, this will allow normal blood flow back to your heart that might reduce the pressure on veins near the anus. It will also allow the ointment to be absorbed by the skin and will give you relief.
- Try not to sit or stand for too long periods of time and make an effort to change positions regularly to aid natural circulation.
- Make it your daily routine to exercise regularly. This will strengthen the muscles in the abdomen and will prevent haemorrhoids from getting worse. The regular exercise movement keeps the muscles strong, which in turn will also help to keep the stools soft and regular.
- If possible, please avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee. They all are known to cause irritation to the affected veins. Fresh clean water or herbal teas are best and they don’t add any calories and additional weight to your body.
- Try sitting on a soft pillow while watching TV or when working a desk job.
- Do not wear too tight underwear and/or tight pants that may restrict normal circulation. Restricted circulation can add pressure to the veins and make things worse.
- In terms of healthy body weight; losing just 5-10% of your body weight can make a big difference in preventing haemorrhoids. Less weight and having ideal body weight when you have existing haemorrhoids, can be of great benefit during the healing phase and thereafter.
- Try taking warm sitting baths two or three times a day. They are incredibly soothing and relaxing, especially if you add some healing oils to provide relief with itching or discomfort.
Preventing haemorrhoids takes a bit of understanding about the problem and putting in some work, but it’s worth the effort. Our 'Intimate Balance Recovery' can help you get fast relief from symptoms and prevent future flare-ups of this painful condition. It has been proven by many happy clients to be effective in reducing inflammation and swelling, while delivering soothing pain relief for the sensitive tissue around the anus area.
Whether you are looking for a remedy to help with the discomfort of current haemorrhoids or want to work preventative for the future, there are good solutions at hand. The above tips are great to get you started on a path towards long-term healthy lifestyle habits. Purely Essential Intimate Balance Recovery is a perfect high quality 100% natural and organic remedy for preventing and relieving symptoms associated with haemorrhoids or piles. We love nothing better than helping people live healthier, happier and pain-free lives, spreading the message that there is hope for relief and gaining quality of life again!