Piles are swollen blood vessels found inside or around the anus, according to the NHS.
In most cases, the symptoms of haemorrhoids are very subtle, and most people don’t even know they have them.
When symptoms do occur, patients may find blood after passing a stool, have an itchy bottom, or have a mucus discharge after passing a stool.
You can prevent piles by making these small dietary swaps.
“Making lifestyle changes to reduce the strain on the blood vessels in and around your anus is often recommended,” said the NHS.
“If constipation is thought to be the cause of your haemorrhoids, you need to keep your stools soft and regular so you don’t strain when going to the toilet.”
Adding more fibre to your diet could could to reduce your risk of haemorrhoids.
Try adding more wholegrain bread, cereal, fruit and vegetables to your diet, as they’re all rich in fibre.
You could also prevent piles by drinking more water. Without enough water, you’re more likely to feel constipated, which may worsen haemorrhoid symptoms.
Drink at least four glasses of water everyday – one with every meal, and one with a snack.
Eating more fermented foods could help to boost the gut’s ‘good’ bacteria.
Kefir, kimchi and raw, pastured yogurt are all great options for preventing piles.
Limit your risk of haemorrhoids by never delaying passing a stool, the NHS said.
When you delay going to the toilet, your stool becomes harder and drier.
This could lead to straining when you finally come round to emptying your bowels, which itself is a risk factor for piles.
See a pharmacist for advice on how to get rid of piles. They’ll advise you on the right treatments.