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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 gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as well as 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 this disease.

What Should You Eat if You Have a Hernia?

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’s also advisable to eat foods that are low in acid to reduce your risk of an acid reflux and other indicators of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).1 Examples of low-acid foods 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, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut

Don’t forget to drink enough high-quality filtered water6 to promote hydration and help prevent stomach acid buildup in the affected area.7

Foods to Avoid if You Have Hernia

Avoid these foods if you have a hernia, as they can cause discomfort and potentially worsen GERD:8,9

  • Onions, garlic, leeks and chives
  • Citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruits and oranges
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based foods like salsa and spaghetti sauce
  • Spicy foods
  • Fried foods
  • Foods high in sodium
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint and spearmint

Meanwhile, avoid drinking beverages such as:10

  • 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 you consume throughout the day. Instead of eating three usual large or heavy meals, portion your meals to smaller amounts.11 Avoid eating anything three hours before going to sleep, and don’t lie down or bend after a meal. This may help prevent acid reflux by disallowing food and stomach acids from moving into the esophagus, and lower your heartburn risk.12,13

It’s advised that you do not use a straw because you may end up swallowing air, causing excess stomach gas production. This may also occur if you constantly chew gum, so stop doing this too.14 Lastly, use healthy fats like coconut oil for cooking instead of easily oxidized vegetable oils.15 Making healthy choices when it comes to cooking and eating can make a huge difference in avoiding hernia symptoms.


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