What Foods Can I Eat With a Hiatal Hernia?

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What Foods Can I Eat With a Hiatal Hernia?
Those with acid reflux or hiatus hernia should avoid highly acid foods such as tomatoes. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of epSos .de)

Hiatus Hernia is commonly associated with heartburn, and occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes up into the diaphragm and into the oesophagus.

Diet Recommendations

Doctors suggest eating foods that are low in fat, low in acidity, and that are not heavy on the stomach.

What Foods Can I Eat With a Hiatal Hernia?
Avoid potatoes since they tend to sit heavily on the stomach. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of thebittenword.com)

Approved Foods

Select fruits such as apples and bananas, and vegetables such as carrots and broccoli which are naturally low in acidity. Wheat and rice products may help absorb acids. Substitute regular dairy products with soy. Lean meats are also a part of the approved diet.

What Foods Can I Eat With a Hiatal Hernia?
Select lean meats, such as fish, to add to your diet. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of woodley wonderworks)

Diet Restrictions

The Mayo Clinic suggests avoiding alcoholic beverages, and foods that may trigger heartburn such as fatty or acidic foods.

What Foods Can I Eat With a Hiatal Hernia?
Avoid coffe whic contains caffeine and acidity. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Klaus Post)

Types of Hiatus Hernia

Small hiatus hernias are quite common and seldom cause problems. Large hiatus hernias can be treated with medication, although extreme cases may require surgery. Doctors may prescribe antacids that neutralise stomach acids, or medications that reduce the production of acid.

Common Risk Factors

Diaphragm muscles may be damaged by excessive straining or persistent pressure to the stomach area. Hiatus hernia commonly affects those over the age of 50, the obese, and smokers.

What Foods Can I Eat With a Hiatal Hernia?
Loosing weight may naturally help reduce acid reflux. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt)

Lifestyle Changes

Since excessive weight can put pressure on the stomach area and encourage acid reflux, loosing weight may help alleviate acid reflux symptoms. Eat smaller portions, more frequently throughout the day. Avoid laying down immediately after meals.

What Foods Can I Eat With a Hiatal Hernia?
The Mayo Clinic suggests raising the head of your bed six inches to help alleviate night time symptoms. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of cassandra lavalle)

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