The Ideal Diet for Hiatal Hernia

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  • One of the first things you should do upon being diagnosed with hiatal hernia is to evenly spread out the volume of food you consume throughout the day, instead of eating the usual three big meals
  • Ideally, you should eat foods low in acidic content to lessen the chances of stomach acid reflux from occurring
  • It’s important that you should stop consuming soda, carbonated water and similar products

Learning to live with a hiatal hernia not only will significantly change your eating habits, but will influence your food choices as well. This guide will show you various dietary changes you should adopt to help manage your hiatal hernia.

Foods That Won’t Aggravate a Hiatal Hernia

Ideally, you should eat foods low in acidic content to lessen the chances of stomach acid reflux from occurring, along with other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) such as heartburn, fatigue, difficulty swallowing and sore throat.1 The table below can provide you a good start:2

Fruits Vegetables Meats

Apple

Potato

Grass fed ground beef

Banana

Broccoli

Lean cuts of grass fed beef

Cabbage

Skinless pasture-raised chicken cuts

Carrot

Organic turkey breast

Green beans

It’s important that you stop consuming soda, carbonated water and similar products. Instead, drink plenty of pure water to keep yourself hydrated and to prevent the buildup of stomach acid on the herniated area.

If you’ve just had a surgery to correct your hiatal hernia, your doctor will prescribe you a full liquid diet for the first few days, starting with beef or chicken broth and organic apple juice.3

As your condition improves, you will be able to eat soft foods such as hard-boiled or poached eggs, yogurt and skinless mashed potatoes. Skinless vegetables like carrot, pumpkin, spinach and beets will also be introduced to maintain healthy nutrition. Eventually, you can consume lean cuts of well-cooked grass fed beef (or ground beef), and other meats like pasture-raised chicken and turkey.4

Foods That You Should Stop Eating

Just as there are foods safe for hiatal hernia, there are certain foods you must avoid, as they can make you uncomfortable and aggravate your GERD. These foods typically have acid, or may have other compounds that can irritate your stomach. The table below provides an overview of foods that should be avoided:5

Citrus fruits such as orange, grapefruit, lemon and cranberry

Chocolate

Spicy foods

Coffee (if the stomach cannot tolerate it)

Carbonated beverages

Alcoholic beverages

Garlic

Tomato-based foods such as pizza

Onion

Peppermint and spearmint products

Fatty fried foods

New Eating Habits That You Should Adopt

One of the first things you should do upon being diagnosed with hiatal hernia is to evenly spread out the volume of food you consume throughout the day, instead of just eating the usual three big meals. This way, you can maintain the same amount you normally eat, while going easy on your stomach. This helps reduce the chances of food getting stuck in the hernia, and lessens the chances of an acid reflux.6

In addition, you must avoid eating anything three to four hours before going to sleep. This helps prevent food currently digested from going back into your esophagus, as well as stomach acid from rising. You’re essentially preventing heartburn from occurring.7

Avoid using a straw when drinking, as this causes you to swallow air, producing excess stomach gas. You should also stop chewing gum, as this causes you to swallow air.8

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