If you are suffering from piles, you may be wondering to what extent your diet can impact upon the condition. Many people believe that straining is the cause of piles and whilst there is no doubt that this does have a significant effect, what we eat can be more of a contributory factor.
If you have this condition, it is worthwhile following the best diet for piles. There are specific guidelines we can follow which will help to reduce the impact of this condition. Our bodies are just not designed for the high volume of processed foods which we consume nowadays and in some ways, they can be considered to be modern day pollutants. Our bodies evolved over the last few thousand years by eating a diet predominantly rich in wholefoods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish and do not respond well to foods such as white flour, corn syrup, refined sugars and hydrogenated oils, all of which play a large part in the western diet.
When we eat lots of refined foods, our stools are, quite simply, not bulked out properly and this means that the waste products do not move along the colon as they should. This can result in constipation and straining which will aggravate existing piles and cause the formation of new ones.
In my opinion, the diet for piles which can help to get you on the road to recovery is predominantly vegetarian and foods are best consumed in their natural state where possible. It is well known that red meats can take a long time to pass through the digestive system so are best avoided. However, a small amount of white meat and fish is acceptable. Eat a minimum of 5 portions of fruits and vegetables each day and ensure that you include wholegrains, beans, seeds and pulses. Prunes and figs are known to be good for the bowel and should be included in the diet for piles. The fluid you drink is also important, and you must drink at least 2 liters of water daily. Ensure that you avoid all refined sugars and foods with artificial additives.