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How to Plan A Diet For Hiatal Hernias

written by: Audrey Alleyne • edited by: DaniellaNicole • updated: 10/28/2011

The treatment of hiatal hernias, like that of any other disease, involves making lifestyle changes. Your main goal should be to adopt a healthy diet.

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    Symptoms of Hiatal Hernias

    Do you feel a chronic uncomfortable burning sensation in your stomach, which affects your digestion of food? You are probably a victim of hiatal hernias, which starts with acid reflux. Other signs can be pain in the chest and/or nausea. It is time to check your doctor and get started on a diet for people with hiatal hernias.

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    Diet and Your Health

    Hiatal hernias affect not only older men and women, but also children and teenagers. Nowadays, everyone is affected by stress, and stress is one of the major causes of problems with acid reflux. Weight gain or heavy lifting can also contribute to this disorder. The problem occurs in the esophagus. There is a diaphragm located where the esophagus passes through the stomach. Hiatal hernias result from the presence of weak muscle tissues at the opening of this diaphragm. This opening is the hiatus. In a hiatal hernia, acid and other stomach contents are retained above the opening or hiatus. They can then be easily refluxed into the esophagus.

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    Diagnosing the Problem

    Heartburn, pain in the chest and swallowing food are major symptoms of hiatal hernias There is no doubt that your discomfort and suffering will send you running off to your doctor. Doctors will usually recommend an endoscopy to diagnose this problem. If the results reveal a hiatal hernia, your next step is to treat it; and changing your diet is a major part of that treatment.

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    A Sensible Diet

    You need to follow a diet plan that would relieve the uncomfortable sensations. First, you need to avoid food and drinks that cause heartburn such as sodas, hot spicy foods like black pepper, mustard and chili peppers. Also avoid some fruits which produce acid reflux. You should dismiss fatty, acidic, fried, oily and creamy foods from your diet.

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    Foods to Avoid

    • Coffee
    • Sodas
    • Lemons
    • Tomatoes
    • Oranges
    • Grapefruits
    • Butter
    • Salami
    • White bread
    • Cakes
    • Overcooked vegetables
    • Ice cream
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    Foods to Eat

    • Avocados
    • Bananas
    • Papaya
    • Pineapple
    • Cranberries
    • Blueberries
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Cucumbers
    • Beans
    • Peas
    • Oatmeal
    • Cereal
    • Bread
    • Brown rice
    • Seeds and Nuts
    • Low fat cheese
    • Birch sap juice
    • Apricot juice
    • Vegetable juice
    • Milk
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    Foods Allowed In Moderation

    • Potatoes
    • Rice
    • Yams
    • Onions
    • Garlic
    • Some lean meats and fish
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    Guaranteed Relief

    Be sure to have a sufficient intake of vitamins in your diet. It is also important to know how and when to eat. Avoid very large meals; these cause very rapid acid production in your body. Eat small meals through out the day and have your final meal of the day at least three hours before going to sleep. Your doctor will most probably prescribe antacids. Ask your doctor to also help you plan a diet for people with hiatal hernias; make a commitment to yourself to follow it, and you will experience major relief.