Haemorrhoids prevention is better than cure: it all starts with a healthy diet

All food that we introduce into our body has a direct effect on the health of the organism, in the short run but in the long run in particular. More than two thousand years ago, renowned Greek physician Hippocrates had already understood and theorised it, coining the famous expression “ Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”.

Unfortunately, modern lifestyles don’t promote a healthy diet: between work and family commitments, finding the time (and desire) to cook healthy dishes isn’t always easy, also considering that very often many people are forced to eat out. And so, almost inevitably, people fall in the trap of processed food rich in fat and sugar but low in vitamins and fibres, neglecting or even not consuming fresh fruit and vegetables, so important for wellbeing and disease prevention.

It should not surprise that constipation is a real scourge for the people who live in industrialised countries and in particular for women who are normally more subject to this type of problems; to say nothing of haemorrhoids, which are often the natural and inevitable evolution of chronic constipation.

The scenario is disturbing but the good news is that constipation can be effectively countered with just what nature gives us: whole foods rich in fibre, vegetables and seasonal fruits, yoghurt and probiotics that help reactivate bowel movements; without forgetting the consumption of at least a couple of litres of water per day and physical activity, even moderately (e.g., brisk walking, cycling), as long as it is constant. Through these strategies you will not only get an improvement of intestinal transit and a regression of constipation, but also a progressive decline of any haemorrhoidal problems.

If eventually constipation ceases but haemorrhoids persist, it is better to consult a physician as the situation might have reached a point that requires specific surgical treatment.

Among the most advanced methods in this area is the THD Doppler method, a minimally invasive conservative (no tissue is excised) surgical treatment that helps to have rapid healing and a rapid return to normal daily activities.