Lifestyle Tips to Help with Hemorrhoids


Sometimes situations in life occur regardless of how unwanted they are.

Sometimes situations in life occur regardless of how unwanted they are. One of these situations is hemorrhoids, more commonly known as ‘piles’.[1] Though extremely common and almost half of all people suffer through this condition at least once in their life by the time they are 50 years of age, it still is a major cause of embarrassment.[2]

The upside is that hemorrhoids, are easily manageable and there are simple lifestyle changes you can incorporate in order to avoid contracting the condition. These lifestyle changes are:

  1. Stay Hydrated[3]

    Drinking plenty of water and fluids can help soften your stools and also provide relief from constipation which is the leading cause of hemorrhoids.

    Try drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water per day.

    Other fluids like herbal tea or coconut water also help.
  2. Exercise Regularly[4]

    Physical activity promotes healthy digestion and bowel movements which reduces the risk of constipation. Exercising regularly also helps improve the blood flow and circulation, which can prevent the development of swollen veins in the rectum.

    Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. Try going for long walks, cycling, or swimming.
  3. Eat a High-Fiber Diet[5]

    One of the most essential nutrients that promotes healthy digestion and bowel movements is fiber. Fiber helps keep the stool soft and bulky, making it easier to pass, and also helps maintain a good digestive tract which prevents hemorrhoids.

    High-fiber foods include whole grains, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
  4. Practice Healthy Toilet Habits[6]
    It is absolutely crucial to ensure your toilet habits are healthy to prevent getting hemorrhoids. Do not strain or apply too much pressure since this can put pressure on the veins in the rectum and lead to hemorrhoids. Relax and breathe deeply while passing stool. Do not spend too much time on the toilet since this can cause blood to pool in the veins and lead to hemorrhoids.
  5. Maintain a Healthy Weight[7]
    Obesity is a risk factor for hemorrhoids since it puts extra pressure on the veins in the rectum. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important aspect of lifestyle habits to adopt while trying to avoid getting hemorrhoids.

If you require faster relief than the lifestyle changes can provide, you may consider treating hemorrhoids with over-the-counter medication such as Hemovel®. Hemovel® is a simple and mess-free oral pill that can effectively treat both internal and external hemorrhoids, providing relief from pain, swelling, and bleeding.

If your condition persists it is always advisable to seek professional medical help.

This product may not be right for you. Please read and follow the label before use.

Hemovel® is a registered trademark owned by Norwell Consumer Healthcare Inc.


  1. [1] Hemorrhoids Cleveland Clinic
  2. [2] Hemorrhoids John Hopkins Medicine
  3. [3] Suffering from Piles? – Another reason to drink plenty of water By Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran
  4. [4] Best and Worst Exercises for Hemorrhoids Orange County Hemorrhoid Clinic
  5. [5] What Are Hemorrhoids? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention By Lindsey Konkal
    Everyday Health
  6. [6,7] Hemorrhoids Mayo Clinic

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