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.
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,