Bleeding Hemorrhoids & Fiber

Blood in the Toilet? Don't Panic.

The Truth About Hemorrhoids & Fiber

Reviewed by Bellway Staff - Written by S. Dickinson on April 2, 2020

Quick little disclaimer: If you are experiencing uncomfortable bowel movements or even blood in your stools (that’s science for poop), tell your doctor! It’s usually not a big deal and nothing to be embarrassed about. You’ll be glad you did 💩.

Hemorrhoids, a real pain in the ass. (🥁..tsss). Jokes aside, if you’ve ever had hemorrhoids, you’re no to stranger to panicked googling after seeing red in the toilet, or isolating feelings that you probably have some kind of unique and embarrassing disease… in your butt.

Well, sit your ass down (on a donut cushion if needed) and listen up, because we’re here to tell you that you are not unique or special, and that ALMOST EVERYONE HAS HEMORRHOIDS. Understandably, nobody want to talk about them but the truth is that 3 out of 4 adults will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives (and you thought it was only you…) Why are they so common?

3 out of 4 Americans will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.

Why are hemorrhoids so common?

Well for one, nobody is getting enough fiber… 97% of us to be exact. Yes, you read that correctly! Only 3% of Americans get enough fiber in their daily diets (and we bet they’re real smug about it too.) Why are so few of us getting enough fiber? It’s difficult, that’s why! You would have to eat 7 cups of blueberries, 8 whole bananas, or 15 of those little red boxes of raisins A DAY to hit your daily recommended target of 25 grams of fiber. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

97% of Americans don't get enough fiber in their daily diets.

So if you are a hemorrhoid sufferer looking for some relief, or someone trying to prevent hemorrhoids in the future, start getting some fiber in your diet! You’ll thank us later ;-)Fiber helps things move smoothly through our system by bulking up loose “materials” in the gut and absorbing water from your intestines like a sponge. This creates a more solid log-like stool that exits into the toilet with comfort and ease. When we don’t get enough fiber in our diets, those slick “one-wiper” bowel movements become fewer and far between, leading to more pushing and struggling on the toilet, which can in turn lead to… you guessed it, hemorrhoids.

So if you are a hemorrhoid sufferer looking for some relief, or someone trying to prevent hemorrhoids in the future, start getting some fiber in your diet! You’ll thank us later ;-)

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