Hiatal Hernia

If you complain of an upset stomach, heartburn, belching, distension, discomfort in the chest and/or acid reflux, especially when bending over or lying down after eating, you might have a hernia. When your tummy is saying, “Ouch!” It’s prudent to listen and to make appropriate dietary adjustments. My ebook Clean and Free enables this.

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A hiatal hernia is when the upper stomach pushes (herniates) up through the diaphragm’s muscular opening (hiatus) and balloons into the chest cavity. Imagine a stomach so enlarged that it is forced out of its normal, muscle-bound position. An estimated 50 percent of people over 40 years of age unknowingly suffer from hiatal hernias.

Any foods that stress digestion contribute to this condition. Food sensitivities and allergens are the leading culprits. Secondary players include refined, hard to digest, fatty and stale foods as well as alcohol, drugs, chemicals, caffeine (even decaf) and tobacco. In conventional literature, overeating is cited as a primary cause as hiatus hernias are most prevalent among obese people. In alternative health circles, we consistently see that overeating is resolved with a healthy, nutritional balanced diet.

For  people whose digestive problems are exacerbated by specific carbohydrates, following a FODMAPS diet brings relief.  Intestinal parasites are often a contributing factor in all digestive disturbances. To determine if you have parasites see Bugs Eating You?

Pay attention to what heightens your discomfort and what decreases it. It’s helpful to record a food log of everything you eat for several weeks and note your corresponding symptoms. Quickly patterns emerge that are informative. Additionally, seeing the direct cause and effect of certain foods and stomach pain enables people to avoid problematic foods.

The Chinese say, “0ne-hundred steps after meals assures ninety-nine years of life.” It’s amazing how a short walk provides enough deep breathing and movement to aid digestion. It’s also critical to eat warm or room temperature foods and beverages and to avoid shocking your system by ingesting extremely hot or cold beverages and food.

Lastly, do not eat prior to bedtime, ideally don’t go to bed for at least three hours after dinner. If your digestion is especially delicate, eat nothing after 5 p.m.

Grains that ease hiatal hernias are barley and millet. Vegetables include artichoke, burdock, cabbage, dandelion, kohlrabi, sweet potatoes and winter squash. Culinary herbs are aloe vera, anise, arrowroot, asafetida, cumin, fennel, mint and parsley. The seaweed, agar is specifically healthful, as is green tea.

May you be well nourished,

Rebecca Wood

4 Responses to Hiatal Hernia

  1. Thank you for this informative site. Unfortunately I’m unable to eat ANY grains but I never cared for them anyway. I enjoy fruits and vegetables but I adore my morning latte too much. This morning I had a glass of warm water instead but i reflexes that up too. I’m going to try and eat broth all day and see if that eases my symptoms. I was told to do that, then stand on my toes and drop back rather quickly on my heels and that would help slide my stomach into place. I did that and surprisingly noticed a difference but that remedy was short lived and let’s face it…I don’t have all day to do this. 🙂 I e heard of FODMAPS…I need to see what other culprits exist that might be bothering me but I believe this is caused by my autoimmune condition, Hashimotos Thyroiditis. I’m extremely sensitive to chocolate, coffee, corn, wheat, barley, millet, rice, tomatoes (and I absolutely adore them), oats, orange juice, etc. It is quite maddening! I am going to look a bit closer at the FODMAPS this time around. My hands are finally up in surrender! Thank you kindly, Mary

    • With any autoimmune condition, it’s important to avoid all foods with a seed coat (this includes grains, beans, nuts, seeds and culinary spices) as well as dairy and nightshade veggies.

  2. I just wanted to thank u for this sight, as of writing I have a hiatal hernia. I didn’t know that cabbage was that good for u and since I also have IBS, I figured I would have bad gas, well to my astonishment I had none and didnt feel full after I ate it in fact I eat it 2-3 times a day until its gone, I got the receipe for the cabbage rolls and have decided to make them. I am looking for receipes for my hernia, so I will keep looking on the internet or go to Barnes and Noble and see what they have. Thank u for the amazing web site.

    • You might also consider making it into sauerkraut (see my recipe on line).
      Now your opportunity is to figure out what you’re eating that’s causing and or aggravating your problems. My ebook, Clean and Free tells you how.

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