Eating more high-fiber, low-fat whole foods can often reduce or prevent hemorrhoid symptoms.
This is because the fiber
- increase stool weight, reducing the time spent by feces in the colon (colon transit time)
- increase water retention in the colon, resulting in softer stools that pass more easily
- decrease pH levels in the colon, which also reduces colon transit time, or the time it takes for food to pass through the colon
Many foods contain fiber, but some of the best foods to eat to help shrink hemorrhoids include:
1. Wheat bran and shredded wheat
Just 1/3 to 1/4 cup high-fiber ready-to-eat bran cereal between
1 to 1/4 cup of ready-to-eat shredded wheat cereal contains between
Wheat bran and shredded wheat contain insoluble fibre, which bulks up stools and makes them easier to pass.
Dried prunes can also
Compounds in Prunes Called Phenols
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A medium apple with its skin contains approximately
The insoluble fiber found in the skin of an apple does not break down during digestion and helps bulk up the stool, which causes a laxative effect.
Pears are incredibly high in fiber and other compounds that may benefit people with hemorrhoids. A pear with its skin can contain approximately
Barley is rich in a fiber called β-glucan, which breaks down and forms a viscous gel in the colon and softens the stool. To research also shows that consuming barley can help maintain good colon health.
That’s probably because in addition to fiber, corn also contains powerful antioxidants that prevent cell damage caused by free radicals and other compounds that can help reduce pain.
One cup of cooked oatmeal contains approximately
Legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas, lima beans, and split peas, are among the best sources of fiber. One cup of cooked lentils contains approximately
And some research shows that the consumption of green lentils leads to a significant increase in stool weight and reduces the time spent in the colon.
9. Whole Wheat Bread, Pasta and Cereals
Unprocessed or lightly processed whole wheat products are high in insoluble fiber, which increases fecal weight and colon transit time.
For extra fiber, choose whole wheat products with nuts and seeds.
Berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, have a high skin-to-flesh ratio, which means they contain a lot of fiber per serving. A 100g portion of raspberries contains approximately
The berries also contain a lot of water, which helps soften the stool and maintain the proper functioning of the digestive system. They also contain fructose, which has a natural laxative effect.
Some systems of traditional medicine use artichokes and varieties of thistle (which are related to the artichoke) to treat hemorrhoids. A likely reason for this is their high fiber content. A medium sized cooked artichoke contains approximately
12. Sweet potatoes and potatoes
Potatoes and sweet potatoes contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Some research has also found that sweet potato fiber also seems to have a stronger laxative effect than other vegetables.
A cup of boiled broccoli contains approximately
Broccoli also contains a compound called sulforaphane, which can help improve digestion and protect the gut.
Tomatoes contain fiber and water, which can both relieve constipation and make it easier to pass stools.
Tomatoes too contain naringenina natural antioxidant that scientists have shown has a laxative effect on some forms of constipation.
The inner skin that covers the flesh of citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges and Grapefruitscontains a lot of fiber.
Like tomatoes, citrus too contain naringenin, a compound that has a laxative effect. They also contain a lot of water, which helps relieve constipation and soften stools.
16. Kiwi fruit
To research also shows that consuming kiwi fruit can act as a laxative, increase the frequency and ease of passing stools, and increase stool bulk, which reduces colon transit time.
Kiwis also contain the enzyme zyactinase, which can also help relieve constipation by improving digestion.
Like peas and other legumes, dried beans are incredibly high in fiber. According to the 2015-2020 report