Eating Dried Fig in Hemorrhoids: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Dried figs are good for hemorrhoids. Because they have fiber and antioxidants, and they can help soften stool, prevent constipation, and reduce inflammation.

Hemorrhoids or pilesGatorade Haemorrhoids (piles) are enlarged blood vessels that you can get inside or around your anus (the opening of your bottom). It's completely normal to have blood vessels in your anus, as they play an important role in continence. But piles can develop if these blood vessels become enlarged, which can cause symptoms. is a condition that affects your anus and lower rectum.

In hemorrhoids, your veins around your anus or rectum become swollen or inflamed.

This can lead to various health problems, such as bleeding, pain, itching, and discomfort.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

What you consume can affect your bowel movements, which can impact your hemorrhoids symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid low-fiber foods like white bread, cheese, and meat.

Now, dried figs are fruits that have been dried to remove most of their water content. They usually have a chewy texture and a sweet taste.

Dried figs are good for hemorrhoids because they contain soluble and insoluble fiber.

One cup of dried figs can give you about 15 grams of fiber (60% of your daily needs).

Soluble fiber can help soften your stool and make it easier to pass. This can reduce the pressure and irritation on your hemorrhoids.

Insoluble fiber can help add bulk to your stool and speed up its transit through your colon. This can prevent constipation and straining, which are common causes of hemorrhoids.

Furthermore, dried figs are a natural laxative and a source of antioxidants.

Antioxidants can help protect your cells from damage and inflammation. Laxatives can help relieve constipation and stimulate bowel movements.

You can eat 3-4 dried figs per day safely. More than that can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t eat dried figs if you have diabetes or high blood sugar levels to prevent spikes and crashes. Because dried figs are high in sugar and calories.

You can buy dried figs in your local market or online.

Always choose organic and unsulfured dried figs.

Because organic figs are free of pesticides and chemicals. Unsulfured figs are free of preservatives and additives.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, is key to managing hemorrhoids effectively.

I always recommend my hemorrhoids patients to follow a hemorrhoids-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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