Reduce burden on your anal area!
Points of life style improvement that we can do today.

Reduce burden on your anal area! Points of life style improvement that we can do today.

Just a small change in your usual lifestyle can greatly reduce the burden on your anal area. Let's practice the following "points for lifestyle improvement".

Take the time to soak in a bath!

Bathing is one effective way for preventing hemorrhoids. Not only does it keep your anus clean, but warming it can relieve blood congestion, so this is a good daily habit to develop. It is important to soak in a bathtub instead of just showering. Simply soaking the bottom half of your body is enough, so try taking a relaxing soak in a warm bath.

Keep toilet time between 3 to 5 minutes

Keep bowel movements between 3 to 5 minutes, and make a habit of giving up after that without trying to force it if it does not come out naturally. You should not try to force bowel movements if you feel that there is some remaining stool. Long periods of time on the toilet and excessive pushing puts stress on the anus, which can lead to blood congestion and bleeding. Take a bowel movement when you feel the urge to do so, and don't try to force it.

Avoid constipation and diarrhea

Constipation and diarrhea are major causes of hemorrhoids. Hard stool due to constipation can tear the anus. Diarrhea irritates the anus, and can result in bacterial infection. Reviewing your dietary habits is important. Make sure to take in enough fiber and cut back on alcohol.

Morning rhythm is important

Make sure you have enough time to wake up in the morning. It is important to eat a good breakfast, and doing so is the best time to trigger the reflex for a bowel movement. Make sure to eat balanced meals in order to stay regular.

Stay away from extreme dieting

Make sure to eat enough food and stay away from diets that drastically reduce the amount you eat. Stool bulk remains small if you eat only small amounts of food. A small amount of stool has difficulty triggering bowel movements, resulting in constipation. Make sure to eat balanced, nutritional meals and take in plenty of fiber.

Do not stay in the same position

Staying in the same seated or standing position for a long time can result in blood congestion around the anus. Light exercise during breaks and moderate exercise is important.

This article is supervised by:
Dr. Junichi Iwadare
Dr. Akio Kurokawa
Dr. Rikisaburo Sahara
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