If you recently started getting hemorrhoids, I’m sure you’ve used over-the-counter pain relief and even cure products. However, this cure has only been temporary and you may have noticed that hemorrhoid flare-ups have occurred more frequently than in the past.
There are many things that can cause a hemorrhoid outbreak. The most common cause is due to constipation and hard stools. Others can be alcohol, too much caffeine, poor diet, and lack of exercise. Basically anything that can aggravate thin-walled hemorrhoid veins in the rectum and cause them to swell.
Let me discuss how some of these things can cause hemorrhoid flare-ups.
How can alcohol and caffeine cause hemorrhoids? When you drink too much alcohol it tends to dehydrate the body. This can cause constipation and hard stools, making hemorrhoids worse from the added pressure of exertion. Alcohol and caffeine can also increase blood pressure, and since hemorrhoids have thin veins and walls, they can often leak blood or rupture and bleed from increased blood pressure.
- Alcohol – I’m not saying now that you can’t fully drink alcohol, but you should limit your consumption to just 1 or 2 drinks in one setting. Then drink a glass or two of water to stay hydrated.
- Caffeine: Don’t worry coffee drinkers, I’m not saying you can’t drink your coffee. Actually, drinking coffee has many health benefits. However, today many people drink coffee, tea or soft drinks and then also drink various energy drinks. Energy drinks are high in caffeine, and consuming too much can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats. Some energy drinks even have a warning label on how much to drink. Moderation is the key for coffee, tea, or soft drinks; however, I will not recommend the energy drinks of your choice.
- How can a poor diet make hemorrhoids worse?? With a high-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to take shortcuts to healthy eating. Many people these days often skip meals or eat low-fiber processed foods. A low fiber diet can lead to constipation and hard stools and this is the main cause of hemorrhoids.
- Fiber – Don’t just go on a fiber-rich diet to cure hemorrhoids. This can make your constipation worse and get blocked. You should increase your fiber slowly over a few weeks and also drink more water. The best thing to do is eat natural foods rich in fiber and stay away from fiber supplements for the first few weeks. You may find that you won’t even need them when you eat healthy.
- How Can Lack of Exercise Cause Hemorrhoids? Lack of exercise will slow down the digestive process and cause the intestine to settle in the intestine and then cause constipation and hard, dry stools.
- Exercise: When you exercise, blood flow to the stomach and intestines increases and this will speed up the digestion process. This can help you have normal loose stools and make it more regular.
Many people are guilty of one or more of these things combined. Finding out what causes your hemorrhoids to flare up is key to solving this problem for good. This is why natural home remedies are becoming so popular for treating hemorrhoids.