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Hemorrhoids Home Treatment:
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Dietary Changes
Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle Changes That Prevent Hemorrhoids

Dietary changes are crucial to your hemorrhoids home treatment, but they may not be enough. Keeping your digestive tract functioning properly may also require the following lifestyle changes:

Exercise
Practice good hygiene
Train your bowels
Learn to lift properly

Exercise


Regular exercise fights constipation.


Exercise makes food move through your digestive tract faster. Sitting or standing for long periods, poor muscle tone, and poor posture all can place enormous pressure on your rectal veins. If you're overweight, this only intensifies the problem. Good muscle tone makes it easier to eliminate. And, of course, when you exercise and eat right, it helps shed excess pounds.

Try walking for 20 minutes, 4-5 times a week, and notice the difference.



Practice Good Hygiene

To cure hemorrhoids or to prevent them from worsening, avoid cleaning your bottom too often. Cleanliness does help hemorrhoids to heal faster, but there's no need to be obsessive about it.  Paying too much attention to the area by constantly wiping and cleaning it can be as big a problem as ignoring it. Instead, clean the area twice a day by wiping it with a pat of witch hazel. Then, add petroleum jelly or a hemorrhoidal cream to aid healing.

After using the toilet, don't use scented toilet paper or anything else with perfume in it to wipe. Wiping with a premoistened wipe before using the toilet paper to dry may be less rough on your sensitive skin.

Train Your Bowels

In the book The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II, Dr. Vera Loening-Baucke advises us to train our bowels. The body needs to develop an internal rhythm that tells it that it's time to eliminate. She recommends sitting for about 10 minutes (longer is not better) every day after the same meal. Whatever time of day works best for you is fine. Just make it a habit.

She offers three rules:

  1. Don't strain. Straining and holding your breath when trying to pass a stool creates greater pressure in the veins in the lower rectum.
  2. Go as soon as you feel the urge. If you wait to pass a bowel movement and the urge goes away, your stool could become dry and be harder to pass.
  3. Avoid long periods of standing or sitting. Sitting too long, particularly on the toilet, can increase the pressure on the veins in the anus. Some practitioners believe that squatting, rather than sitting, is the most effective position for quick and pain-free bowel movements.

Learn to Lift Properly

Lifting the wrong way can injure your back and make bowel movements painful. The right way to lift anything, especially heavy objects, is, first, to bend your knees. You want to lift with the power generated by your knees, not your back.

It's also important to breathe properly when lifting. Exhale as you lift; inhale as you release or set down the object. Again, this takes away excess pressure on your lower back and rectal veins.


Lifestyle changes do require effort. If the effort doesn't come easily to you, entice yourself with frequent reminders of all the ways you're going to benefit by getting rid of your hemorrhoids and preventing them from recurring. Your simple hemorrhoids home treatment could become a life-saver that frees you from an unwelcome condition that has been interfering in your life.

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Dietary Changes
Lifestyle Changes
Exercise
Practice good hygiene
Train your bowels
Learn to lift properly



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