Hemorrhoids (also known as piles) are swollen blood vessels in the anal area that stretch under pressure. They are similar to varicose veins in the legs. Hemorrhoids may develop either inside the lower rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids).
There are two basic causes of hemorrhoids:
- Genetic weakness affecting walls of veins; and
- Excessive pressure on veins.
Pressure on veins is often due to chronic constipation or straining during bowel movements, but may also be caused and aggravated by chronic diarrhea. Excess pressure on the veins can also result from abdominal muscle strain induced by heavy or improper lifting, or from pushing during childbirth while in labor (which places a great deal of pressure on the anus). Pregnancy itself, inducing hormonal changes that cause blood vessels to expand and increasing intra-abdominal pressure as the fetus grows, may also cause hemorrhoids. Intra-abdominal pressure can also increase as a result of defecation, violent coughing, sneezing, vomiting, physical exertion, or portal hypertension due to cirrhosis of the liver.
Renew Life’s Solution For Hemorrhoids
Hydrate your bowel
and relieve pressure
Take fibre to support
Ease elimination with a
Improve the colon and reduce inflammation
with fatty acids
- When using the toilet, ensure the body is in the optimal position (knees above waist) for elimination from the colon. A small footstool can be put at the base of the toilet to rest the feet on to help avoid pressure and strain during bowel movements.
- Avoid toilet tissue with perfumes or colours.
- Sitz baths can help you to feel better. Sit in warm water for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Manage constipation. A low-fibre diet and inadequate water intake are the most common causes of constipation. Other factors such as lactose intolerance, low thyroid function, and magnesium deficiency may also cause or contribute to the condition.
- Avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing, as they exert excessive pressure on veins, causing them to weaken and herniate.>/li>
- Find your healthy weight. Obesity and lack of exercise are both linked to hemorrhoids.
- Test for food allergies, sensitivities, and nutritional deficiencies.