What Causes Hemorrhoids?

It is important to understand what causes your hemorrhoids if you wish to cure and prevent them.

After my 4th and final hemorrhoid in 2011, I decided to get serious about prevention. I was forced to find out what were the root causes of my hemorrhoids. When I was young, I was always moving. In my 20’s I had jobs that were mostly active. Once I hit 30, however, I started working at a desk, sitting more and moving less. First I got fat, then I got hemorrhoids.

Sitting too long, particularly on the toilet, can increase the pressure on the veins in the anus. – Mayo Clinic

Constipation causes hemorrhoids. Diarrhea causes hemorrhoids. Straining to make a bowel movement causes hemorrhoids.

My diet is the Standard American Diet. This low-fiber pig-out is pretty much a recipe for hemorrhoids.  I have never been very good at overhauling my diet. I try to include more fruits and vegetables, but it is a slow change for me, and it is honestly more for the sake of reducing cholesterol.

As far as causes of hemorrhoids are concerned, I am not worried about my diet anymore. I have found that one big glass of metamucil, every day, works perfectly for me. Some days I eat very good, some days not so good. I ate an entire box of girl scout cookies last night! But I drink that glass of metamucil EVERY DAY – and every day I leave a big BM that takes about 20 seconds from squat to wipe. Notice that I don’t use the word “take a dump” – going #2 should be passive, not active. Active straining to poop causes hemorrhoids. Letting it go when it is ready, prevents them.

Studies have shown that over-the-counter fiber supplements, such as Metamucil and Citrucel, improve overall symptoms and bleeding from hemorrhoids. – Mayo Clinic

Coffee and Soda. Honestly, looking back, I am not sure how I survived such a long time without having a single glass of water. I would wake up to coffee, and then alternate between regular and diet soda all day long, not drinking a single drop of water. It seems like common sense to me now, but at one point it did not occur to me, so I will say it for your sake. WATER MOVES POOP. Conversely, lack of water leads to constipation, and constipation causes hemorrhoids. I still drink coffee in the morning, and although I don’t drink soda anymore, I do drink iced tea. But I drink a massive amount of water throughout the day.

Drink six to eight glasses of water and other liquids (not alcohol) each day to help keep stools soft. – Mayo Clinic

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