Can Juicing Help Heal Anal Fissures?

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Juicing to help heal anal fissures can yield dramatic results, but because most people prefer not to talk about anal fissures, this application is largely neglected.

What Are Anal Fissures?

When people discover the little (or not so little) blotches of fresh red blood on toilet tissue (an indication of anal fissures), they tend either to disregard them entirely or to run to the emergency room assuming the worst. Most of the time, however, fresh blood on toilet tissue is not a major concern. It is usually blood that is released during straining to accomplish bowel movement released from cracks in the anus itself. Dark or dry blood on toilet tissue is a much more worrisome sign.

Anal fissures result from stress on the anal canal. If they are dealt with promptly, they are usually limited to the mucosal lining of the anus. If they are subjected to repeated stress, they eventually rip through the entire anal wall and can even form a fistula, a new anal opening, which can cause extremely troublesome problems in personal hygiene. The most important self-care for anal fissures is preventing the constipation that occasions the straining that causes the fissure.

What To Do and Not to Do About Anal Fissures

If you have anal fissures, there are some common methods for treating constipation that you want to avoid. Anything that causes sudden and complete evacuation of the bowel is likely to make anal fissures worse. This means that you should not take high-dose stimulant laxative, or any form of magnesium that stretches out the colon to increase pressure on stool, such as magnesium citrate or magnesium sulfate. (Milk of magnesia is OK.) You should avoid taking large amounts of fiber and you should stay away from colonic irrigation, which can injure fissures even more.

Juicing, however, slowly eases the pressure that causes anal fissures. Prune juice and pear juice add just enough water to stool to soften it so it is easier to pass. These common remedies for constipation do not force contractions of the bowel wall like senna or aloe bitters. Small amounts of banana juice and tomato juice (typically consumed separately for reasons of taste appeal) stimulate the overall activity of the digestive tract and help bowel movement come sooner.

Berry Juices for Long-Term Improvement of Anal Fissures

For strengthening the blood vessels of the ano-rectal region, make a habit of drinking the juices of fruits and berries that contain the red and blue pigments known as anthocyanidins. These are juices made from blueberries, bilberries, cranberries, cherries, chokeberries, elderberries, raspberries, strawberries, red grapes, and plums. Regular consumption of these juices protects the linings of blood vessels by providing antioxidants that quench the production of free radicals that are involved in inflammation.

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About Andy Williams

In a processed food culture, simply eating may not be enough. Dr. Andy Williams is a scientist with a strong interest in Juicing and how it can supply the body with the nutrients it needs to thrive in modern society. You can subscribe to his free daily paper called Juicing The Rainbow and follow him on Facebook orTwitter.

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