What To Do About Those Painful Hemorrhoids
Did you know that up to 75% of Americans will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in life? Hemorrhoids are inflamed blood vessels in the anal region. From a conventional medicine perspective, they are thought to come from chronic diarrhea, obesity, constipation, and pregnancy. Men get hemorrhoids more often than women. Symptoms are anal itching, bright red blood in your stool or on the toilet paper when you wipe, rectal burning and pain, and painful passage of stools.
Traditional medical advice will include using witch hazel wipes or tucks, injections, banding and surgery. None of these options actually address the problem at the root cause.
If you think about any problem you are having that is inflammatory in nature, you must think of what you are putting in your mouth. Foods and drinks that cause inflammation are:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Artificial flavors
- Artificial colors
- GMO foods such as corn and soy
- Non-organic foods
- Foods you are sensitive to
With that being said, the top 12 of the above list are the easiest place to start. Eliminate them for 3 months. See how your hemorrhoids respond. Then re-introduce them one at a time, taking four days with each ingredient, to see if your hemorrhoids flare again. For me, it’s coffee. I don’t drink coffee because I get hemorrhoid flares if I drink it for more than one day in a row. That second day does me in. I don’t eat the other things on the list either because of my history with an inflammatory autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis. I know inflammation is the root cause of cancer, autoimmunity and a host of other problems so I enjoy my life without these foods.
If you have a hemorrhoid flare focus on adding mint, cilantro, aloe and coconut to your diet. These are all cooling foods. Think of any inflammatory problem as a fire that has gone out of control. It needs to be cooled.
I have an amazing emergency treatment for painful hemorrhoid flares. Try this recipe and see how it works. Post on my DrKeesha Facebook page and let me know your experience.
Emergency Hemorrhoid Relief Recipe:
- ½ c Lily of the Desert Aloe Detox Formula (or plain aloe juice)
- ½ c coconut water (no sugar added)
- 1/3 bunch of fresh, organic cilantro
Blend in blender and drink immediately. Do this three times a day, using a whole bunch of cilantro per day. Do until hemorrhoid flare is over.
I also created a short little Facebook Live video about hemorrhoids. Let me know what you think!