We all have our food vices. Those “comfort foods” that we know aren’t good for you in the long run, but taste so good in the moment.
But when it comes to certain comfort foods, you will want to avoid certain foods that cause the following symptoms:
- Any foods to which you are allergic or sensitive
- Foods that cause dehydration (acting as a diuretic)
- Foods that are low in fiber and cause hard stools to form
- Foods that cause your intestines to work harder to digest
The following five foods are the worst culprits when healing from a hemorrhoids flare-up.
Coffee and Black Tea
This is the big one for most people, because millions rely on this beverage to wake up and get through the workday.
Whether you’re a one-cup or a 3+ cup-a-day coffee drinker, or you prefer Earl Gray (hot) over English Breakfast, the level of caffeine in coffee and black teas can induce dehydration . . . which is the last thing you want.
Coffee, specifically, in low doses can sometimes have a laxative effect, but there are better ways of getting your digestive system moving.
Prioritize hot drink substitutes include herbal teas, rooibos leaf teas, and any other beverages with low to no caffeine levels. And in an emergency where you need that boost, limit your caffeine intake to just one cup of coffee or black tea, and follow with lots of water to stay hydrated.
Dairy products are the second biggest culprit in causing intestinal distress, especially for those who are lactose intolerant. Generally, dairy is a mucous-causing food, which can slow down and “bind up” your digestive system.
If you notice yourself getting a stuffy or runny nose after drinking milk, you may want to limit or avoid dairy altogether for a while.
Try switching to non-dairy “milks” like nut milk (almond, cashew, etc.), soy, coconut, or rice drinks. Several food companies have started offering alternative dairy-like products made from nut, soy, and coconut milks like cheese and yogurt.
Better yet, these new products are becoming more available in regular grocery stores, reducing the need to have to find specialty health-food stores. (link to “five best foods” article)
Your favorite vintage of wine, snifter of brandy, or special cocktail may be a fun indulgence or a way to relax at the end of a stressful work day. But that alcoholic drink may leave you with more than just a hangover in the morning.
Alcohol is a well-known diuretic, which can exacerbate your piles symptoms by dehydrating you and contributing to constipation. While dealing with a piles flare-up, you may want to refrain from drinking any alcohol, to give your digestive system a fair chance.
If you do decide to indulge, consider eliminating that second evening drink of wine, and follow up the first glass with lots of water to flush your system.
“Fast & Fried” Food
On other “No No” lists, fast food and fried foods are usually separate categories. However, most fast foods are prepared as fried or high in unhealthy fats and salt. As much as you might like your favorite super-sized meal, until your current piles flare-up is under control, you will do yourself and your body a favor by abstaining from eating meals from the local burger diner or taco stand.
However, not all fast food is unhealthy or greasy. If your favorite fast food place serves healthier options like fresh salads, “air-fried” French fries, grilled chicken or other non-fried/non-greasy fare, go ahead and indulge in moderation.
No, you should not attempt the “one chip challenge” while dealing with a piles flare-up.
Neither should you indulge in normal-hot spicy foods when your bottom area is in pain. For obvious eliminatory reasons. If you know a spicy food will come out “spicy” on the other side, this is an easy food hazard to avoid.
However, your food need not be bland.
Use milder yet flavorful seasonings such as turmeric (which is anti-inflammatory), herbs like basil or oregano, and garlic or onions in your cooking.
For some scientists, there is some debate on how much to avoid spicy foods while healing from hemorrhoids. The best guidance will be how your body feels, and how your elimination feels, after eating foods with a high spice level. Use your best judgment, in this case.
These five worst food categories are the top offenders when attempting to heal your hemorrhoids. Avoid the temptation when you can. And forgive yourself – and drink lots of water – when you fall short. After all, you’re only human.
Do you have your own list of Worst Foods To Avoid? Or do you like to live “dangerously” and tempt fate while indulging in your favorite food? Tell us about it in the comments below.