Can too much fiber cause constipation and can it cause hemorrhoids or make the problem worse? I have read many websites and articles about hemorrhoids and they all say, eat more fiber and drink more water and this will cure your hemorrhoids. Then I have also read in their comments section people saying they have increased their fiber and the problem of hemorrhoids and constipation has gotten worse.
Eating fiber and drinking more water can help make you more regular and help cure your hemorrhoids. However, a lot of people tend to increase their fiber too much to fast. This can cause you to get constipated and make your hemorrhoids problem worst.
If you need to increase your fiber to help with your hemorrhoids problem then you need to do it slowly. Drink a lot more water and a glass of prune juice or cranberry juice as they are natural laxatives. Then over the next few weeks increase your fiber intake slowly with natural high fiber foods.
If you have been on a high fiber diet for a while and you just started having constipation problems then it might be something else causing the problem. If you drink alcohol when you go out and have more than 3 drinks in a setting you could be dehydrating yourself and causing severe constipation. Another way you might be getting dehydrated is from drinking to many caffeinated drinks throughout the day. If you are a coffee drinker and have 1 or 2 cups a day then you should not have a problem. But if you drink 5 cups or more throughout the day than that can have the same effect as alcohol and dehydrate your body. This is even worse if you drink several energy drinks a day because those have higher caffeine levels than coffee.
So, can too much fiber cause constipation and hemorrhoids? You bet it can, however, you need to increase your fiber slowly and eat natural high fiber foods like grains, nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, and fresh fruits. You should also cut back on the alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods. There is a lot more to know about using a high fiber diet to cure hemorrhoids than taking a supplements or eating high fiber foods.
If you are on a high fiber diet and constipated then you might want to go for a walk. Walking is a great way to get your bowels moving. Just don’t walk to far from the house because you don’t want to be too far away when things start to flow.