This ailment is also sometimes referred to as anal varicose veins, but no matter it is called, it’s a very unpleasant and embarrassing problem.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are caused mainly from constipation, pregnancy and obesity. When a person has trouble having a bowel movement, for example, they may push harder than usual, exerting pressure on the veins in the anal region. These veins also sustain greater pressure during pregnancy and childbirth, or when a person is overweight.
Internal and external hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are always internal to start with; they are located above the anal sphincter and are not perceptible from the outside. However, they may become external through exertion during bowel movements.
External hemorrhoids are located on the outside of the anal sphincter and are therefore perfectly visible. This type of hemorrhoid is frequently caused from pushing.
How to detect hemorrhoids
- Itching around the anus
- Irritation during bowel movements and occasional, slight bleeding
- Loss of liquids during or after bowel movements
- Difficult bowel movements
- Minor blistering of the anal wall
Chia seed secrets
Because hemorrhoids are often caused by constipation, fibre rich chia seeds could help. When chia seeds absorb water, they take on a gel-like consistency.
This may help keep stools moist and easy to pass. Furthermore, much of the fibre in chia seeds is soluble fibre. Soluble fibre is thought to be more tolerable for people with IBS.
- 2/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp of dried figs or dates
- 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- To taste: diced fresh fruits: apple, pear, berries, etc.
Stir together chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Stir thoroughly before serving.
Spoon into bowls and top with figs or dates, coconut flakes and fresh fruits.