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Why do I need insoluble fiber in my diet if I have hemorrhoids?

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Insoluble fiber is what your grandmother would call roughage. It doesn't dissolve. (If you drop a chunk of celery in water, it just sits there.) It helps to keep things moving through -- and out of -- your system and to balance the chemistry in your intestines.

From: Best and Worst Foods for Hemorrhoids WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 08, 2016

SOURCES:

HealWithFood.org: "The Anti-Hemorrhoid Diet Plan for Curing Hemorrhoids."

U.S. News and World Report: "A Tale of Two Fibers."

IBS Treatment Center: "Fiber."

Harvard Health Publications: "Hemorrhoids and what to do about them," "Foods that fight inflammation."

UCSF Medical Center: "Increasing Fiber Intake."

Tufts Open Courseware, PPM 121 Nutrition and Medicine, Fall 2006: "Fiber."

Oncology Nutrition: "Constipation, Diarrhea and Fiber."

Mount Sinai: "Bowel Function and Dietary Fiber."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hemorrhoids."

Mayo Clinic: "Nutrition and healthy eating: Chart of high-fiber foods," "Anal itching: Lifestyle and home remedies," "Hemorrhoids."

USDA National Nutrient Database: "11212, Edamame, frozen, prepared."

Thomas' Breads: "Thomas' Plain Bagels."

Quaker Oats: "Quaker Instant Oatmeal."

World's Healthiest Foods: "Flavonoids," "Fiber."

Misra, M.C. , July 2000. British Journal of Surgery

OSU Linus Pauling Institute: "Flavonoids."

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: "Hydrating Through Fruits and Veggies."

KidsHealth: "Constipation."

American Heart Association: "Sodium and Your Health."

McLaren Flint: "Iron Deficiency Anemia –Use of Iron Supplements."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 08, 2016

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