Why Do Half the People Get Hemorrhoids?

(And How Can I Arrange to Be in the OTHER Half!)

 Hemorrhoids are not contagious. They are an acquired environmental affliction, brought on by misuse of or poor care of the body. 50+% of people over 50 have the problem and are looking for a way to get rid of hemorrhoids. They most likely got them because of one or more of 4.5 factors:

1.Lack of fiber in the diet. This leads to infrequent bowel movements and hard stool. Straining to pass hard stool does damage to rectal tissues. Over time, this damage shows itself as hemorrhoids. If you are not having 1-3 bowel movements daily, if your stool is hard lumps or difficult to pass, then you are not getting enough dietary fiber. Oat bran, wheat bran, flax seeds, whole wheat bread and most vegetables can help. 

2. Lack of exercise. Our bodies are marvelous, highly adaptable and efficient machines. If we don't use them enough, with both aerobic and strength activities and exercises, they deteriorate. They lose capacity to maintain and regenerate themselves. We lose hard healthy muscle tissue and add fatty flab.

3. Poor diet. Too much low fiber processed foods, too much of your caloric intake in fats, and insufficient vitamins, minerals, friendly bacteria and phytochemical substances that your body needs. This weakens the body and its tissues. Hemorrhoids are just one of the results.

Most of us do not get enough of the nutrients that only come from whole foods or food supplements. Therefore our bodies lack the nourishment needed to keep us strong and healthy. We need to eat healthy diets or take many supplements to avoid these deficiencies.

4. Sitting too long in one position.  This tends to disrupt proper blood flow to posterior tissues, causing damage to veins and surrounding flesh. It can lead to varicose vein effects and hemorrhoids. If you must sit, move around. Get up and move about frequently. And/or get a very good cushion that does not disrupt normal blood flow.

+1/2 (0.5). Getting pregnant. [This only applies to the female half of the population, so it's only half a factor. ;-)] Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy. During pregnancy blood volume increases greatly, which can cause veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins in the rectum. Constipation can worsen. Good diet with high fiber content can help. Also avoiding sitting too long without good cushions.

Whether or not you get hemmorhoids depends largely on how well you take care of your body. Hemorrhoids are a manifestation of poor body maintenance, much as are obesity, type 2 diabetes, ulcers and a host of other too-common ailments.

It's much better to spend the time and effort on maintaining your body in good condition, than it is to be worrying about getting rid of hemorrhoids!

"Preventive maintenance" is much cheaper than "breakdown maintenance"! ;-)