If you’ve recently started getting hemorrhoids, I’m sure you’ve used the over the counter stuff to relieve the pain and even cure it. However, this cure has only been temporary and you may have noticed that hemorrhoid flare-ups have appeared more frequently than in the past.
There are many things that can cause hemorrhoids to flare up. The most common cause is due to constipation and hard stools. Others may be alcohol, excess caffeine, poor diet, and lack of exercise. Basically anything that can aggravate the 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 you tend to dehydrate the body. This can cause constipation and hard stools, causing the hemorrhoids to swell from the added pressure of exertion. Alcohol and caffeine can also increase blood pressure, and since hemorrhoid veins are thin-walled, they can often leak blood or rupture and bleed due to increased blood pressure.
- Alcohol – Now I’m not saying you can’t drink alcohol entirely, but you should limit your intake to just 1-2 drinks in a setting. Then drink a glass or two of water afterwards to help keep you hydrated.
- Caffeine – Coffee drinkers don’t worry, I’m not saying you can’t drink your coffee. There are actually many health benefits to drinking coffee. However, today many people drink coffee, tea or soft drinks and then drink various energy drinks as well. Energy drinks are high in caffeine, and if you drink too much, it can cause hypertension, high blood pressure, and an irregular heartbeat. Some energy drinks even have a warning label about how much you should drink. Moderation is the key for coffee, tea or soft drinks; I won’t endorse energy drinks though, that’s your choice.
- How can a poor diet cause hemorrhoids to break out?? With a fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to take shortcuts to eating healthy. 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 jump on a high fiber diet to cure your hemorrhoids. This can make your constipation worse and block you up. You should slowly increase your fiber over a few weeks and also drink more water. The best thing to do is eat natural, high-fiber foods 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 bowel to settle in your intestine and then cause constipation and hard, dry stools.
- Exercise – When you exercise, the blood flow to the stomach and intestines increases and this will speed up the digestion process. This can help you have soft, normal stools and make your stools more regular.
Many people are guilty of one or more of these things combined. Finding out what is causing your hemorrhoids to swell is key to solving this problem for good. That is why natural home remedies are becoming so popular to treat hemorrhoids.