Our expert says:
Haemorrhoids can be caused by excessive straining when passing hard, dry stools. It is, therefore, important that you change your diet to ensure that you can pass soft stools regularly. Click on 'DietnFood' at the top of this page and then on 'You are what you eat' and read the 'Healthy GI tract' section. Increasing the amount of dietary fibre you eat and taking probiotics like Bifidoflora (buy at health shops), should improve your regularity and stool consistency. Make sure you also drink 2,5 litres of liquid per day (not more) and do some exercise like going for walks to stimulate peristalsis. Discuss the use of a gentle laxative like Fybogel with the dr who is treating your haemorrhoids, so that if you should become constipated you can take such a laxative to relieve the situation. Harsh laxatives which cause diarrhoea and disrupt your bowel movements can do more harm than good in this situation, and should be avoided.
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