Hemorrhoids – Worth Some Thought

Hemorrhoids – Worth Some Thought

Did you know that approximately half of people over the age of 50 have suffered from hemorrhoids?

Obviously it’s not the most widely discussed topic! Who wants to talk about a problem involving that part of our anatomy!? The extremity of the intestines (the rectum) and the anus are irrigated by veins which, normally, may swell slightly during bowel movements. However, the term “hemorrhoid” is used when these veins become permanently dilated and inflamed to the point of causing itching and irritation.

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

Typical signs:

  • 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.

Vanilla-chia pudding

Ingredients

  • 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.

Preparation

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.