If you feel that eating large meals leave you with more feeling of fullness, like a burning pain under your breastbone, may be you have a hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia is actually a part of the stomach that has slipped through and opening and managed to ride up in the chest. The area above the stomach isn’t designed to withstand the acids that the stomach produces. The result is heartburn, pain, discomfort and belching.With a little effort you should be able to bring the fire of hiatal under control.
Controlling the symptoms of hiatal hernia is a two-step process. The first part is increasing pressure on the esophageal sphincter muscle. You can think of it as trapdoor between the food pie and the stomach, where its supposed to be. For this reason you will want to do the second step, to avoid foods that lower the pressure in this area.
FOODS TO AVOID:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Coffee, tea, cola soft drinks, diet cola, orange cola, club soda and other caffeine sources
- Acidic foods such as citrus juices and tomato-based products. Acidic fruit juices includes: apple, cranberry, ginger ale, grapefruits,orange, pineapple,prune juice, tomato juice.
- Fatty foods
- Peppermint or spearmint
- Dairy products, cheese, sour cream and other milks that upsets the stomach
- Eating too much meats, especially fatty parts, processed meats
- Don’t pour fuel on the heartburn’s flames by eating foods that make conditions in the stomach more acidic. Needless to say, you should avoid any other foods that trigger haital hernia symptoms.
- In addition, be aware that overweight is no friend of hiatal hernia. If you can lose some weight, chances are that your symptoms will improve noticeably.
- If you smoke try to stop or at least cut down.
- Hiatal hernia is less common among vegetarians than among meat-eaters, this is because vegetarian diets contain more fiber.
- People who add fiber in their diet are unlikely to develop hiatal hernia.
- Hiatal hernia tends to occur in parts of the world where gallstones and diverticular disease are common cause. Low fiber intake is a well-established factor diverticular disease and is also considered as factor in gallstone. So there’s reason to suspect that it influences hiatal hernia, too.
Since hernias have been termed one of mankind’s most common ills, it does seem that more could be done to prevent both their occurrence and their recurrence. And one thing we can do to control the symptoms is by avoiding foods that triggers hiatal hernia.