Did you know that some lifestyle changes and healthy habits can make you immune to piles? 75% of the population is prone to experience piles mildly or severely at least once in their lifetime. This means that most of us are at constant risk of getting piles. In addition to that, adults over 50 are more prone. This is why we have curated a list of tips that will help in keeping you at minimal risk. So, here we go!
- Avoid spending hours on your toilet seat
Most of us have a habit of reading things or scrolling through our phones while on the toilet seat to pass the time. Stop that now! Avoid taking your phones to the restrooms and stacking up the counters with magazines and books. When you stay on the toilet seat for a longer period of time, it is likely to strain your bowel movements and put extra stress on anal blood vessels.
- Fibre is the word
It is never too late to include more fibre in your diet. We all know that piles are related to infrequent bowel movements. Having more fibre is the easiest solution to this problem. You can either add a lot of fibre to your diet or have supplements. Ideally, one is supposed to have 25-30 grams of fibre a day. This will make your stool the right consistency and easy to pass.
Some of the foods with great sources of fibre are legumes, whole grains, vegetables like artichoke, broccoli, etc. and fruits like bananas, raspberries, etc.
- Get moving
Don’t sit for longer periods of time even if it is for work. Take small breaks to walk around. A sedentary lifestyle is the biggest enemy while fighting piles. Consciously make physical movements while you are working.
Including moderate exercise in your daily regime will prevent a wide range of digestive issues and improve bowel movements. However, if you are a gym person, avoid heavy weight-lifting exercises that would put pressure on abdominal muscles.
- Stick to your bathroom schedule
Have a proper bathroom schedule and stick to that. Having said that, do not, under no circumstances, resist your urge to go to the bathroom. Ignoring or prolonging bathroom breaks or your urge to go to the bathroom can put pressure on your anus. So choose your priorities wisely.
- Hydration is a real saviour
Drinking more water than necessary will never go out of fashion when it comes to prevention techniques. Having a healthy diet rich in fibre and staying hydrated can make you stronger and healthier in ways you can only imagine. This is the cheapest and the easiest way to prevent constipation, which in turn avoids straining.
It is advisable to have six to eight cups of water daily. It is not just helpful for digestion but benefits the entire body!
- Don’t delay medical help
This one is important. If you ever come across any anal-related concern, seek medical help. Bleeding through the anus, unbearable pain while passing stool, constipation/diarrhoea that stays for more than 3 days, etc. are some of the common symptoms. As mentioned earlier, no one is risk-free when it comes to haemorrhoids/piles. It can happen to anyone at any point in time. And when you get medical assistance make sure you get it from the best.
SMILES Gastroenterology Hospital is the best hospital in Bangalore to get medical assistance for colorectal disorders. We have advanced facilities and state-of-art technology for providing treatments like laser treatment for piles and other treatments for all types of disorders including the colon, rectum and anus. Piles/ Haemorrhoids are not considered life-threatening medical problems. But we do understand how disturbing and painful they can be. That’s why we have the best medical practitioners and certified surgeons to take care of you!
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. But if not, the piles specialists in SMILES are always here for you with the cure!