many seem to suffer from the condition called piles. This is a direct
result of constipation and straining when passing stools. It is
more common nowadays because people are drinking less water and
prefer to drink colas which relieve thirst for a few minutes but
later cause dehydration as they are very concentrated in their sugar
content. All people above age 15 need to drink 2 1/2 liters of plain
water with nothing added to it. You cannot count any other liquid
as water. Those doing heavy exercise, work outs, sports people and
lactating women need 3-4 lts to keep away constipation and piles.
The second cause is the consumption of more and more refined foods
like maida (white) bread, noodles, pasta, rice, idllis, maida rotis,
etc. instead of oats, ragi, whole wheat bread, atta rotis etc. Also
people and children today hardly eat cooked vegetables or raw salads
and they prefer ice creams, pastries and desserts to fresh fruits.
Veggies and fruits are the best fiber as they absorb and hold lots
of water in the colon relieving constipation and hard stools.
A patient suffering
from piles can wonderfully change the situation, if they follow
some diet rules, very strictly, for 4-6 weeks.
1) Change to
a whole wheat diet, avoiding rice and maida items.Breakfast must
be whole wheat bread or roties, dhalia (broken wheat) porridge,
oats porridge or ragi items, cornflakes or wheat flakes.
lunch a little rice may be eaten but along with wheat rotis. Never
eat rice alone.Also cooked vegetables and raw salad must be included
At dinner no rice, noodles, pasta, rava, vermicelli or any such
refined items to be eaten. Only whole wheat rotis or whole wheat
bread or dhalia (broken wheat) may be eaten. Here again a raw salad
of atleast 2 cups must be consumed. Cabbage and carrots have the
highest water holding capacity. Similarly oranges and apples also
hold a lot of water so try to include these fruits and vegetables
Along with the above, pulses like channa, rajma, moong and sprouts
are also good sources of fiber.
2) 2-3 liters
of water is a must for a piles patient daily, unless otherwise advised
by a doctor for some medical purpose.
out door exercise like walking is seen to relieve stress and this
relaxation is seen to sometimes regulate the motion.
4) Some people
are very sensitive about their stool and even after the regular
stool is passed the tend to want to force themselves and clean the
rectum more. This habit must be stopped.
5) Some foods
must be strictly avoided for the 4-6 week period.
a) All fried
snacks cause dehydration.
b) All concentrated sweets and bakery items cause dehydration.
c) Chinese foods and preserved foods like pickles, canned foods
and smoked meats are high in salt so they too cause dehydration.
Dehydration leads to water being held back from loosening the stool
and is a leading cause of constipation and therefore very dangerous
when you are treating piles. Avoid for 4-6 weeks and then thereafter
restrict to 1 or 2 times per week with an extra glass of water when
you eat them.