Hemorrhoids, also sometimes referred to as piles, are swollen veins in the rectum and anus. Essentially, these are varicose veins in the lower gastrointestinal tract. The most common causes for the development of hemorrhoids includes pressure and trauma to these veins, especially during bowel movements (straining, constipation), but also from sitting for long periods of time, pregnancy, and abdominal obesity. With the increased pressure, the walls of the veins in the lower part of the rectum and the anus become weak, causing an outpouching due to increased pressure in these blood vessels, This can lead to pain, bleeding, difficulty having a bowel movement, or even comfortably sitting. Roughly 75% of the adult population will experience hemorrhoids, so it’s important to have easy, effective solutions that not only treat the symptoms of a bulging vein, but can also address an underlying cause.
The rectal veins that can become bulged to form a hemorrhoid normally return blood to the liver via a special system of blood flow called the portal venous system. This system of veins sends blood from the abdomen and several organs to the liver to process and filter the contents of the blood. Poor blood flow in the liver, which can be caused by abdominal obesity, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles, and increased exposure to toxicants (medications, environmental pollutants, excessive doses of vitamins and supplements, etc.), causes a back pressure in this portal venous system. With increased pressure and slow movement through the liver, the rectal veins become dilated and can inflate to cause hemorrhoids.
How Can You Prevent Hemorrhoids?
The answer might surprise you - BEETS! Beets have a very long history of being touted as a liver supportive food, and there is good evidence behind this use too! With lots of trace minerals, antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin B9 (Folate), along with plant nitrates, beetroots provide the liver with nutrients to help it complete the detoxification processes it needs to, while supporting healthy blood flow through the production of nitric oxide, a substance that helps dilate blood vessels. By drinking organic beetroot juice, you can receive all of these benefits and help prevent future occurrences of hemorrhoids.
Clinically, we have seen outstanding, long-lasting results in just a few weeks with regular use of beetroots for hemorrhoids. Here’s how we recommend consuming beetroot juice for our patients:
Start by drinking 2oz of fresh, organic beetroot juice per day. This can be mixed with water, other vegetable juices (carrot, celery), or drank on its own.
Increase the amount of beetroot juice up to 8oz per day slowly, as is tolerated. Go too fast, and it will make you a little nauseous!
Continue drinking 8oz of fresh, organic beetroot juice daily for 3-4 weeks for ideal, long-lasting results.
For maintenance, we recommend daily beetroot juice for 1 week every month, or a healthy dose of beetroots in your diet regularly.