During periods where you don’t eat the same things you routinely do and when you eat in places you don’t normally eat, things like diarrhea and hemorrhoids are issues you’re going to have to deal with.
There’s no avoiding it. At one time or another, you’re going to get diarrhea. You can lower your chances of being affected by staying away from extremely spicy foods and by keeping your hands clean.
I’m no expert on the matter, but I’m sure a lot of it has to do with age. I can no longer eat a lot of the foods I ate when I was in my twenties. What didn’t affect me before will now send me to the toilet almost immediately after finishing my meal. And then there’s the things that used to affect me that way and no longer do.
You’d be surprised at the number of bacteria in even the cleanest of places. It only takes one to cause you all kinds of discomfort. A case of food poisoning, no matter how minor, can cause hours of pain.
Loose bowel movements are sometimes called diarrhea, even though diarrhea isn’t the proper term. Eating foods that you don’t normally eat can cause both loose bowel movements as well as constipation. It’s an unfortunate part of life we have to deal with.
Hemorrhoids can usually be avoided. I won’t go into all the details, but my wife suffers from hemorrhoids as a result of childbirth in 1985. I’m not sure if she could have avoided getting hemorrhoids with all the pushing she had to do for a child who just didn’t want to come out, but at least her suffering has dwindled over the years.
Childbirth is just one of the causes of hemorrhoids. Any kind of physical strain, including the strain of overcoming constipation, can cause hemorrhoids. Improper lifting of heavy objects can also cause them.
What does diarrhea and hemorrhoids have in common, you might ask?
While diarrhea doesn’t cause hemorrhoids, it and even normal loose bowel movements can cause hemorrhoidal tissue irritation and flare-ups. Anything that causes a strain on the anus or the rectum will add to problems with hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids sufferers should avoid anything that will constipate them or loosen them up, including diarrhea-type conditions. Avoid laxatives at all costs. Contrary to common beliefs, fiber-rich foods don’t normally affect hemorrhoids.
Seriously. You’ve probably heard this a million times, but I’ll say it anyway. Be careful of what you eat and where you eat it. Enjoy the holidays and the food, but watch what you eat so you can enjoy all the days of the holidays and avoid the after-holiday misery brought on by diarrhea and irritated hemorrhoids.
Originally published in May of 2014. Updated for readability.