Hiatus Hernia

Hiatus HerniaWhat is Hiatus Hernia?

Hiatus hernia is a condition that results when a certain part of the stomach ends up protruding or pushing upwards through the diaphragm.


When this happens, acid then escapes towards the gullet, which eventually results to different discomforts in the body. The gullet is also popularly known as the esophagus.


You may not really ascertain that you have a hiatus hernia right away since its symptoms are often like other digestive system disorders.



What are the Causes of Hiatus Hernia?

Here are some of the conditions that could lead to hiatus hernia:

  • Obesity/Overweight
  • Constipation
  • Coughing
  • Weight lifting
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Tight clothing
  • Injuries in the abdominal area
  • Hereditary


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Hiatus Hernia

Sometimes, a hiatus hernia could just go undetected but there are always instances where the following symptoms are present:

  • Burnish sensation coming from the stomach
  • Belching
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Finding it hard to swallow food
  • Chest pain


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Hiatus Hernia

In order to treat hiatus hernia, one have to at least avoid the conditions that could bring it about. This means that you have to take all the necessary precautions to avoid getting constipated and overweight. Leading a healthy lifestyle could always help in treating this problem.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Do not overeat. This could lead to the accumulation of fats in the body, which could eventually lead to weight gain, and if uncontrolled, could lead to obesity.
  • Avoid smoking. This is among the conditions that lead to hiatus hernia and therefore must be eliminated. Also avoid this if it is already near your meal time.
  • Avoid activities that could create a lot of stress in the body. For instance, try not to stay up so late in the evening. Get some good night’s rest and give some time for relaxation during the weekends.
  • Indulge in moderate exercises. Mild exercises could help release endorphins in the body that could bring out a brighter disposition and could help in eliminating stress.
  • Makes sure that you chew food slowly and thoroughly. You have to avoid taking in water and other liquids while eating. The best option is to eat small meals.
  • Better ways of cooking are to steam, poach, boil or grill your food.
  • Remember not to immediately lie down after eating.
  • Going for gentle walks after meals is ideal. Make sure that you do not do heavy exercises after eating.

Diet For Hiatus Hernia

Some foods you have to avoid:

  • Do not eat large meals, most especially those that contain a lot of red meat and fried foods.
  • Avoid foods that have caffeine such as coffee, tea, and even sodas.
  • You also have to refrain from eating dairy products, which would include chocolates.
  • Avoid high-fat foods. These foods could cause ‘acid rebound’. High-fat foods are considered as acid forming foods and could always contribute to acid formation in the body.
  • Try to avoid artificial additives and sweeteners like aspartame. These could worsen symptoms of hiatus hernia.
  • Avoid eating proteins with carbohydrates. So don’t combine fish or meat with pasta, potatoes, bread or rice. If you really want to have those carbohydrates, eat them with vegetables instead, but not proteins.

The following are considered as friendly foods that could help hiatus hernia:

  • Liquorice and slippery elm. These could help in soothing the esophagus. They also provide fibre to the body. You can try looking for de-glycyrrhized form of liquorice and you can chew this roughly 20 minutes before mealtime.
  • Drink herbal teas. Some of the best teas are peppermint, chamomile and liquorice.
  • Low fat yoghurt could help in soothing the digestive tract. Eat some after meals.
  • Make sure that you eat a low-fat diet, but you also have to ensure that your body gets all the nutrients that it needs.
  • Eat a lot of dark green vegetables. Kale and cabbage are rich in glutamine, which could heal the gut. You could also opt for avocado, which is rich in Vitamin E.
  • Alfalfa, soya beans and wheat germ are great foods for those suffering from hiatus hernia.
  • Ginger. Eating ginger has some positive effects on hiatus hernia.
  • Garlic could also help the said condition.
  • Lecithin can help in emulsifying fats. You can sprinkle the granules on low-sugar breakfast cereals every day.

Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Hiatus Hernia

  • Drink aloe vera juice everyday. A half cup of this could tremendously help the condition.
  • Chew 1 to 2 tablets of deglycyrrhized liquorice 20 minutes before you eat. Liquorice is a natural protector of the mucous membranes and also help in digesting foods properly. It could also ease the discomfort that you feel brought about by the condition.
  • L-glutamine (1-2g daily for 6 weeks). This is found in cabbage, and this could help the gut. Take this before meals.
  • You can also strengthen your diaphragm by taking calcium fluoride tissue salts. 4 of this a day will work well.
  • Slippery elm (2 tablets at the end of a meal). This could help in reducing the discomfort that hiatus hernia brings.




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