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The Recommended Diet for Hernia Patients

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  • Eat foods low in acidic content to reduce your risk of acid reflux and other indicators like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, and fatigue
  • Avoid eating anything three or four hours before going to sleep, and don’t lie down or bend after a meal. By doing so, you help prevent digested food from going back into the esophagus and stomach acid from rising, preventing heartburn

Although they haven’t been proven to eliminate a hernia, healthy dietary changes can assist with addressing symptoms of the disease.

What Should You Eat if You Have Hernia?

It’s best to consume unrestricted amounts of fresh, organically grown and GMO-free fruits and vegetables, moderate portions of high-quality protein from organically raised, grass fed or pastured animals, and increased quantities of healthy fats from sources like avocados, grass fed butter, coconut oil and pastured egg yolks.

It is also advisable to consume foods that are low in acid content to reduce your risk of an acid reflux and other indicators of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).1 Examples of foods that you can eat if you have hernia include:2,3,4,5

Organic fruits like apples and bananas

Vegetables such as artichokes, carrots, broccoli,  asparagus, squash, pumpkin, peas, green beans and leafy greens

Grass fed ground beef or lean cuts of grass fed beef

Skinless pasture-raised chicken cuts

Organic turkey breasts

Whole nuts and seeds

Yogurt made from raw grass fed milk

Other probiotic foods like kefir and kombucha and/or organic psyllium husk

Don’t forget to drink enough high-quality filtered water6 to promote hydration and prevention of stomach acid buildup in the herniated area.

Foods to Avoid if You Have Hernia

Avoid these foods if you have a hernia, as they can cause discomfort and potentially worsen GERD:7

Onions and garlic

Citrus fruits like limes, lemons, grapefruits and oranges

Tomatoes and tomato-based foods like salsa and spaghetti sauce

Spicy foods

Fried foods

Foods high in sodium


Peppermint and spearmint

Meanwhile, avoid drinking beverages such as:8

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Caffeinated or decaffeinated teas
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Whole milk and other dairy products

Other Diet Tips to Remember if You Have Hernia

Try evenly spreading out the volume of food that you consume throughout the day. Instead of eating three usual large or heavy meals, you should portion your meals to smaller amounts. This eventually assists with lowering the chances of food being stuck in your esophagus and decreasing the risk of acid reflux.9,10 Avoid eating anything three hours before going to sleep,11 and don’t lie down or bend after a meal to  help prevent digested food and stomach acids from moving into the esophagus. Doing this will lower your heartburn risk.12

It’s advised that you do not use a straw while drinking. According to the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, you may end up swallowing air when you sip through a straw, leading to excess stomach gas production. This may also occur if you constantly chew gum, so it’s best to stop this practice as well.13 Lastly, use healthy fats like coconut oil for cooking instead of easily oxidized vegetable oils.14 Making healthy choices when it comes to cooking and eating can make a huge difference in avoiding hernia symptoms.


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