Piles Treatment Diet

Piles is a clinical condition where the veins around the anus and the lower part of the rectum are dilated. As a result, patients experience a variety of symptoms such as itching, pain, leakage and occasionally bleeding from the piles. It is a common clinical condition, also called ‘hemorrhoids’ by healthcare professionals.

The commonest cause for piles is excessive straining when attempting to open the bowels. In other words, constipation is a common cause. Constipation is caused mostly by poor dietary intake of certain nutrients and fiber. The good news is that it is easily treatable with simple dietary modifications. The article here will cover this in brief.

Normal Fiber Intake

Before discussing dietary modifications, it is important to be aware of what the daily requirements of fiber are. The normal diet is composed of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. Unfortunately most diets are high in the first three components, and dietary fiber is lacking to a great degree. Dietary fiber not only helps prevents constipation, it also has a role in preventing heart disease. Given these advantages, there is no doubt that it should form an essential component of everyone’s diet.

There are two types of fiber – Insoluble and soluble. The insoluble fiber is what should be increased in the diet to aid relief from constipation.

The recommended daily intake of dietary fiber ranges from 20 to 35 gm per day, depending on age and gender.  Anything less that this over time can result in constipation.

Piles Treatment with dietary modifications

Fruits1. High Fiber Diet

This forms an essential part of dietary modifications that need to be observed if attempting to treat piles. Increasing the intake of fiber rich foods such as whole grain wheat, bran, a variety of fruits and nuts with sufficiently increase the total fiber intake. This will eventually aid in easier passage of stools, by stimulating more aggressive bowel movements. In fact, studies have consistently shown a high intake of fiber will help relieve symptoms and bleeding in piles.

Some of the foods that are rich in insoluble fiber include cereals, nuts, green leafy vegetables, carrots, broccoli, a variety of grains, whole wheat, legumes and fresh fruits. It is essential that these form a significant portion of the daily diet, if one is looking to increase their dietary fiber intake.

In addition to dietary changes, a number of fiber supplements are available now such as psyllium, methylcellulose and wheat dextrin. However, these are mostly soluble fiber, and may not necessarily help with constipation.

2. Increase water intake

waterIt is a known fact that the overall daily water intake of most people is below the recommended amount of 3 to 3.5 liters per day. Water not only helps in maintaining overall health, it also plays in important role in maintaining a normal consistency of the stools, thus aiding normal passage when attempting to open the bowels. Not consuming sufficient water can result in constipation.


Piles can cause patients tremendous amount of distress due to the symptoms that accompany it. Simple changes to the diet such as increasing the fiber intake and water intake can effectively treat the symptoms and aid in the piles treatment.

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