Let’s talk about what we don’t want to talk about and what is a real pain in the butt…

HEMORRHOIDS – Swollen veins located around the anus or in the lower rectum

I choose this topic deliberately, because it is quite painful and many are ashamed to talk about it, while it is such a common discomfort.

Sharp pain and discomfort sitting down are just two of the excruciating examples of having hemorrhoids.

Ones you have it, there is only one question left…

How to get rid of them ASAP!

Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are vascular structures or cushions in the anal canal that help with stool control in their normal state.

However, the term is commonly referred to when the veins located around the anus or the lower rectum are swollen.

Hemorrhoids affect about 75% of the population by age 50 and are common in pregnancy.

Hemorrhoids may be internal (inside the lower rectum and may protrude through the anus) or external and develop blood clots (thrombosis).

Along with this condition, there are also:

  •   Anal fissures: a split or tear in the mucosa that lines the anus.
  •   Anal fistulas: infected areas near the anus that is filled with pus.

CAUSES

Hemorrhoids are associated with chronic constipation, strain during bowel movements and sitting too long on the toilet as this interferes with blood flow, which can cause blood to pool and enlarge the blood vessels.

Other risk factors include aging, being overweight, pregnant, or a genetic predisposition.

Symptoms that you might be bothered with are:

  •   Anal bleeding and discharge
  •   Irritation and itching around the anus
  •   Fecal leakage
  •   Sensitive lumps in the anus
  •   Painful bowel movements

Two habitual practices that can prevent and support healing from this condition:

  1. Detox – Start by healing the gut and rid the accumulated toxins in the body
  2. Practice Better Toilet Habits – Avoid waiting too long before going to the toilet, avoid prolonged sitting on the toilet and clean yourself thoroughly with plain water and not harsh soaps or chemicals.

There are also ways you diet can contribute to healing and preventing hemorrhoids.

NATURAL REMEDIES

Since hemorrhoids are caused by pressure in the lower rectum, we need to improve our digestion.

If the digestive tract is in an optimal condition, our feces are in a good condition and we avoid potential constipation.

For this, it’s important to drink plenty of water, or a probiotic drink and limit alcohol.

Eat high-fiber and fermented foods like, avocados, berries, figs, brussels sprouts, squash, beans, chia seeds, probiotics, yogurt and sauerkraut.

Always remember that Food Is An Individual Matter, so make sure that one of these ingredients is not aggravating your body in any way causing other issues like low blood pressure, overweight or skin problems.

Ayurveda also offers natural home remedies and recipes for natural healing from the inside and outside.

AYURVEDI PERSPECTIVE ON HEMMERHOIDS

The ancient health and lifestyle philosophy of Ayurveda gives specific insight on the imbalances in the body causing bleeding hemorrhoids.

They are caused by improper diet and lifestyle that weaken the digestive fire. A low digestive fire means that the digestive tract is not properly working, which can lead to accumulation of undigested food. This feces clog up the low rectum, harden and cause friction which results in hemorrhoids.

Examples of lifestyle activities that can be linked to resulting in (wet) bleeding hemorrhoids can be indicated as too high on Pitta:

  •      excess sex and exercise
  •      riding
  •      straining or sitting for long periods on uneven or hard seat
  •      rough surfaces
  •      washing with very cold water
  •      straining during defecation and suppression or early release of gas, urine or fees
  •      day time naps!

Food and eating habits that contribute to the disease can be:

  •      Too many heavy sweet, cold foods and drinks
  •      Excess of pungent, dry, light food (raw diet)
  •      Eating before the last meal is digested
  •      Eating too small portions
  •      Prolonged fasting
  •      Junk food
  •      Excessive amounts of pastries

Since I like to make things simple and easy for you, I’m going to share a few Ayurvedic remedies that you probably find in your kitchen cupboard.

SIMPLE AYURVEDIC HOME REMEDIES

We are busy moms and like simple and doable solutions.

That’s why I found you some natural remedies that you probably have in your cupboard.

Here we go!

You can use the herbs that help are cilantro, licorice and neem. Sesame oil can be applied to  the hemorrhoids itself to relief pain, swelling and reduce size of the mass.

If you are a person that benefits greatly from aromatherapy you might want to put 5 drops of Cypress oil in a bowl of warm water or a bath. The idea is that you create a ‘sitz’ which is a  is a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the perineum, which is the space between the rectum and the vulva or scrotum.

When having hemorrhoids, avoid foods like: banana, papaya, pineapple, pumpkin and rice.

The following foods support healing this issue: pears, figs, apricots, raspberries, blackberries/blueberries, Black Bean, sesame seed, buttermilk, ghee.

You can also try a cup of carrot juice with 2 teaspoons of cilantro juice, taken twice daily on an empty stomach.

I have one favorite food I use when dealing with this issue. Find out what it is and receive recipes to help your bum stay pain-free, send me a message at [email protected] and I’ll drop you my favorites in your inbox