Hemorrhoids have been part of my life since the age of 15 (bad loo "technique" combined with bad diet, constipation, and probably genes too). But they've never been so bad since going Paleo about 2 months ago. I've been in a lot of pain in the past three days, and my goal is to isolate the culprit ingredient or food in my diet to prevent this major external flare up down there from ever happening again. Ironically, since changing my diet, my stool itself (and frequency) has never looked healthier.
Does anything look suspect to you in this list?
- Lots of veggies (spinach, peas, cauliflower, frozen stir fry veggies etc etc)
- MCL oil and coconut water/oil
- Ghee butter
- Cumin powder
- Mate + Bulletproof Coffee (mostly mate)
- Dark Chocolate bars
- Lots of eggs
- Lots of chicken
- Creatine (but i've taken it in the past with no issues)
- Store bought Kefir (started in the last week)
- Goat Cheese
- Natural Calm magnesium powder (started in the past 2 weeks)
- Zinc (with copper, but only twice a week)
I did binge on some pecan pies and chocolate (festive season), but that should be nothing new to me since sweets and cakes were a staple of my old diet and my 'roids never flared up like have now.
I thought about water, or lack thereof in my system, but it turns out I drink the same amount as before (if not more).
The matte combination with the magnesium in the last week looks like a strong contender to me. But I read somewhere that mate is actually used as a cure for hemorrhoid. What do you guys think?
Like I said, I had two episodes in two subsequent months since starting the diet, and by episodes I mean the hemorrhoid flared up like never before causing me a lot of pain to the point where it hurts to walk around, sit down, sleep etc.. you get the idea.
asked bybenston10 (90)
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on December 19, 2012
at 03:12 PM
Are you having effortless bowel movements? Sounds like constipation forcing you to bear down too hard when making a bowel movement and inflaming the hemorrhoids, no?. Eggs, low fat protein sources like chicken breast, and dairy can be exceptionally constipating especially all together and eaten in large amounts.
I would suggest you get some more fiber in - have a raw apple with your kefir or goat cheese, chew it well. Try a large mixed bowl of fresh and lightly steamed, bulky cruciferous vegetables at dinner like broccoli, cauliflower (eat at least some of the stalks too), or brussels sprouts with your protein source - keep the protein to a single source and dont go overboard, one average size chicken breast is enough at a meal and I wouldnt suggest eating more than three or four eggs max in a day. You can also try some fattier cuts of meat with this meal. Try that a couple of nights that should produce a productive bowel movement in the morning without much effort. If that doesnt work add some more fiber in the form of around a cup of steamed sweet potato, a baked potato or basmati rice or any combination if you allow yourself those starches - if you prefer to completely avoid the starches add about half a cup of lactofermented vegetables like raw kimchi or sauerkraut. If that still is not producing results stop dairy and eggs, maybe one at a time in an elimination style and continue adding more foods containing bulk and fiber with each meal.
If the constipation is uncomfortable and painful look into natural laxatives like Senokot or Swiss Kriss for the short term to provide some relief as you tune your diet. If you are not effortlessly producing at least a single productive bowel movement each day something is not right and you should be looking to correct that immediately. Ideally it should be more like 2 or 3 times a day.
Meal frequency will also affect this so if you are IFing and eating once or twice a day I would suggest three evenly spaced fiber-containing meals - you can cycle the fat around the carbs if you are concerned with fat loss but it shouldn't be to the detriment of your overall health. Best of luck.
on August 20, 2013
at 11:03 AM
Stop all poultry products IMMEDIATELY. Never touch them again.
They are poison to a person with Hemorrhoids. Try going on a vegetarian diet till the pain disappears and then slowly add fish to your diet. You can have red meat once a week once the Hemorrhoids completely heal.
Try a natural fiber supplement like sat isabgol (pure psyllium husk)one tablespoons dissolved in a glass of water thrice a day.