There’s nothing more embarrassing, frightening, and more literally a pain in the ass than hemorrhoids, and if you’ve ever dealt with the condition, you know that when faced with the problem (not literally) you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Here’s a look at four common habits that may be making your hemorrhoids worse or preventing them from healing properly.
1. Smoking. Smoking tobacco stimulates all of your body’s systems, including your digestive tract–and while occasional cigarettes actually keep you regular (it’s one of the few positive health benefits of nicotine), smoking can worsen hemorrhoids and give you digestive issues that stop your hemorrhoids from healing, according to hemorrhoids.net, a website that I will immediately erase from my web browser history. The good news is that the effects of smoking on the digestive tract are largely short term, so if you cut down (or better yet, stop smoking entirely) you can give your hemorrhoids time to heal.
2. Drinking coffee.The University of Michigan recommends avoiding caffeine while you’ve got hemorrhoids, and the general medical consensus is the same. Since caffeine, like nicotine, stimulates your digestive tract, it can cause unpleasant bowel movements that keep hemorrhoids from healing and re-open them–not a fun time. Avoid caffeine, and while we’re on the subject, try to treat yourself to a high fiber diet to soften your stool and make it easier for hemorrhoids to heal.
3. Not being active. It makes sense that all of your body’s systems, including the digestive system, need work and blood flow to function properly, which might explain why office workers are so familiar with hemorrhoids. Try to get some good exercise for about twenty minutes a day, at the minimum; quite literally get off your butt to treat your problem, and you’ll heal a lot faster.
4. Stress. Stress can promote hemorrhoids, according to this natural remedy website . Ever hear the term “tight-ass”? Ever take it literally?
By eliminating stress, you ease tension throughout your body, including your digestive system, and you’ll find yourself less prone to binge eating crappy food (sorry for the pun) that promotes hemorrhoid growth. Try yoga or simply relax for a while to avoid letting stress worsen your hemorrhoids.
Remember, hemorrhoids should go away in about two weeks with a corrected diet and active lifestyle. If your hemorrhoids are active for longer than this, see your doctor for alternative treatment.
Do you know of any other habits that make hemorrhoids worse? Post in our comments section below. Try not to get too descriptive.
“Smoking and Digestion,” Hemorrhoids.net.
“Home Remedy for Hemorrhoids,” Remedies for Natural Health.