“Eat more fiber.”
“Drink more water.”
“You need both Soluble and Insoluble fiber in your diet.”
Now that we’ve gotten the most obvious advice out of the way . . .
If you’ve done a lot of internet searches, you’ll find a lot of advice on all sorts of foods, from coconut water to jackfruit, to taking supplements like activated charcoal.
But you don’t have to go on long trips to your local health food store for uncommon foods, or risk using supplements that might make things worse for your condition. You can meet your nutritional needs with these five easy-to-buy foods.
Eating apples for your health is proof of the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Unpeeled apples are a good source of soluble (in the form of pectin) and insoluble fiber (from eating the skin), which will improve your gut and colon health.
While most experts suggest buying organic versions of apples and other produce, you’ll be fine buying “conventional” apples for your use. You can also buy (and support) your local farmer’s market or roadside farmer by purchasing your apples from those sources.
Oatmeal, especially steel-cut oats, are the best source of insoluble fiber for your gut health. It’s also an easy food to buy at your local grocery.
One serving of oatmeal (approximately 1/3 cup, cooked) contains 2.7 grams of both kinds of fiber, and provides 12% of the recommended daily serving of fiber overall.
Oatmeal’s fiber will encourage well-formed stools that will make bathroom time easier for you and easier on your healing anal & perineum areas.
These days, most types of oatmeal are available in your cereal aisles. When buying oatmeal, favor steel-cut oats over rolled oatmeal. While the latter is quicker to cook, the processing of the grain removes some of the nutritional value.
Eating prunes for easier pooping may be a cliché, but this fruit is the champion of gut and intestinal health.
The well-worn legends are hard-earned: Prunes are a natural laxative (through naturally-occurring Sorbitol) and also provide 12 grams of fiber per 2 to 3 piece serving. It’s the first fruit you should think of to help combat constipation and make it easier to eliminate waste as you heal.
Prunes are available wherever the dried fruit is sold in grocery stores (next to raisins). As good as prunes are, a word of caution: be sure that you aren’t sensitive to the sugar levels in prunes, and don’t eat too many. In this case, eating too many prunes can be too much of a good thing.
One of the foods that your health professional may suggest for gut health is eating foods with live probiotic cultures. And yogurt will be at the top of that list.
Whether you prefer “regular” or “Greek” yogurt, this cultured dairy product contains live cultures that promote good gut bacteria growth, which ultimately helps heal the elimination process.
For those people who are allergic to dairy, or if you discover that consuming dairy makes your gut unhappy (worsening bathroom issues!), there are new types of non-dairy yogurts available at your grocery store, like soy, coconut, and almond yogurt.
Best of all: dairy and non-dairy yogurts are easy to find in most supermarkets – and even at your local Target store! When buying your preferred type of yogurt, be sure to favor low-sugar varieties over high-sugar (and low-probiotic containing) brands.
Nothing beats a well-seasoned plate of collard greens.
Collard, Mustard, Turnip, Kale, Spinach – any “roughage” type foods – should be the backbone to your healing diet.
These common leafy greens add much-needed bulk and fiber, as well as supportive nutrients and amino acids. Cooked with supportive herbs (be careful of hot spices) and other green vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, greens are among the nutritional powerhouses in your arsenal.
Organic and non-organic varieties can be found in your produce aisle at the supermarket, as well as at farmer’s markets. Also, be adventurous and explore different varieties of greens that come available throughout the year. You will never run out of types of greens to add to your cooling pantry.
These five foods are easy to purchase, common, and accessible for most people to help their hemorrhoid healing process.