Wholesome nutrition and consistency in lifestyle changes can help in controlling hemorrhoids.
CASE STUDY & SUCCESS STORIES
Age: 29 yrs
BMI: 26.5 kg/m2
Case History: Anusha approached us with the issues of hemorrhoids and irregular menstrual cycles. She was experiencing pain and passed blood while passing stools. She was constantly stressed because she did not know the trigger foods and would constantly be worried about the washroom cycle next day. She therefore could not enjoy having her pleasure food. Every time she went out with her friends for a social gathering, she would be in a constant state of worry and paranoia about the possibility of bleeding stool next day accompanied by pain and discomfort. She was also diagnosed with PCOD and was unable to get her menstrual cycle regularly. She was getting it in a 35-45 day frequency and that too with medication. She was living a sedentary lifestyle and was unaware of what caused her conditions and how to get relief from them.
Analysis: Past history, dietary recall and lifestyle choices.
Approach by best female nutritionist / dietician: We first analyzed her food diary, which was not working for her and saw that her food was devoid of fiber, eating easily available ready-to-eat cereal that reduced her work load and food that was making her body acidic. As a working professional, she was cooking once a day for lunch and dinner because of time and work constraints. We started by educating her about her lifestyle and portion size of the food to consume with maintaining consistency and suggested her to start some physical activity. Real time support along with recipes and pre-preparation methods were provided to her to save time and improve effectiveness.
We introduced wholesome food with sufficient protein, fiber and cell wall intact carbs. We included softer and high soluble fibers to provide relief to her hemorrhoids condition. Along with that we made sure that she included a different variety of vegetables rich in iron (leafy vegetables), high in fiber and moderate amount of tuberous vegetables (carrot, beetroot etc) & tofu as a vegan protein and fish which is light protein source to make the body more alkaline. We also introduced gut healing super foods like kefir and raw banana powder. Protein like chicken was causing heat for her body and therefore made them occasional foods. As a working professional, all alone in USA, we helped her with easy to cook and less complicated dishes so that she didn’t need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Her vitamin profile was low as per her recent medical checkup and therefore recommended regular use of supplements for B-Complex with folic acid, vitamin D and a multi vitamin in order to improve her overall health. We also educated and monitored her water intake and exercise regimen on routine basis in order to improve her gut health with better absorption.
Results: Once Anusha made a few lifestyle changes, she started feeling better and she was able to notice that she was eating better with controlled portion size and lesser episodes of cravings as she was allowed to eat her favorite foods once in a while. As she progressed in the program we periodically changed her diet to improve her digestive health, as a result she saw significant improvement in her hemorrhoids condition which did not resurface after following the program consistently. She became more active and was able to exercise more frequently which helped her in regulating her menstrual cycle on time within a span of 35 days and without using any medicine. Her understanding regarding trigger foods improved as a result she was able to function with more ease and was able to manage eating out occasionally by balance it well with home-cooked meals.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organization for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well-being. Deepika, best nutritionist in Hyderabad for weight loss and online dietician can be contacted via email email@example.com or Mobile +91 9491011202