A high-fiber diet is one of the best ways to prevent and treat hemorrhoids.
In a recent edition of the journal Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica, a study showed that fiber worked so well that it could even treat advanced hemorrhoids, which are the cases that usually require surgery.
But what are the best highest-fiber foods that you can include in your diet to prevent hemorrhoids or to help you recover from them?
Here are the six types of super-fiber-food that will get your hemorrhoids running for the shelters today:
1. Whole grains. A great way to start your day, with oatmeal being the number one, high-fiber, superfood superstar. All-bran, buckwheat, barley, teff, millet, corn, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and pretty much all of the whole grains are good. Eat only 100 percent whole grain bread, eat whole grain cereals, include them in soup and stew, and use them instead of cheese to top your casseroles. If you don’t like all-bran cereal, add nuts and berries to make it palatable. Even a treat like popcorn is fibrous.
2. All beans, lentils, peas, and chickpeas. Packed with fiber and cheap on top of it. Think soups, stews, and chilis where they naturally shine.
3. Nuts and seeds. Definitely not cheap, but one handful of nuts can give you one-third of your daily required fiber intake. Almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds, and sunflower seeds.
4. Dark chocolate, so long as you buy clean cocoa powder or chocolate with a cocoa content of more than 80 percent and without extra sugars. At 11 grams per 100 grams, it is more fibrous than almost all vegetables.
5. Vegetables. Typically, the darker, the better. Carrots, potatoes with their skins, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, artichokes, Swiss chard, kale, and spinach.
6. Fruit. Guavas, mangoes, pears and apples (with their skins), strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges, and avocados. Eat fruit instead of dessert to finish your meal, topped with yogurt to make it a treat.
Eat from this list from the top to the bottom, with the top options containing more fiber than the bottom ones.
It is important to remember that meat, dairy, refined grains, and sugar contain pretty much no fiber at all. That is the reason why few people eat enough fiber these days. If these foods currently constitute your whole diet, start the high-fiber diet gradually to prevent bloating, gas, and tummy aches.
Don’t worry about soluble versus insoluble fiber. Almost all sources of fiber contain both, so the distinction is a lot less important than most websites claim.
Different health organizations give slightly different daily requirements, but the average is around 40 and 30 grams for male and female adults respectively. One cup of beans and one cup of whole grain cereal per day, which you can easily eat in the mornings and evenings, can give you 30 grams daily.