If you sit a lot, drink very little water, and are constipated, you may have experienced the symptoms of having hemorrhoids…pain and discomfort in your bum, along with itching and possibly even rectal bleeding with bowels movements (particularly if you strain).
Pregnancy is a usual culprit that brings short term hemorrhoids, but the long term and chronic hemorrhoid conditions are created by eating too many refined, fried, and fatty foods. These foods cause constipation, which in turn creates extra pressure when needing to eliminate wastes from the colon (having bowel movements). This makes the veins and capillaries in the area swollen and inflamed.
Some other things that can cause hemorrhoids, which may also be quite surprising, are vitamin B6 deficiency, anti-depressant drugs, and pain killers.
Prevention is always key, but if you find yourself suffering with the discomfort of hemorrhoids, here are some natural things you can do:
- Avoid acidic foods like caffeine and sugar
- Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil or flax seed oil before each meal
- Include sprouts & dark greens and lots of berries and cherries to reduce bleeding and strengthen veins and capillaries
- Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons maple syrup each morning
- Drink plenty of liquids to hydrate (water, juices, aloe vera, etc.)
- Soak in a hot tub to reduce inflammation and stop itching
- Take an enema of Nettles, Chlorella, or Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract (20 drops per gallon of water)
- Apply ice packs, witch hazel, or vitamin E oil directly to area
- Relieve inflammation by drinking 3 cups of stone root tea each day
- Encourage vascular tone by taking either Ginkgo Biloba or Evening Primrose Oil
- Strengthen vein and capillary walls by taking Vitamin C therapy
- Rebuild colon and rectum health with Vitamin K and Vitamin B6