A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes toward the chest or diaphragm area. This can, in turn, cause gastroesophageal reflux. By simply changing some of our habits, we can see significant improvement. It’s important to treat hiatal hernias so that they don’t get worse in the future, causing more serious health problems.
Hiatal hernia and heartburn
A hiatal hernia can be accompanied by an excess of stomach acid. We can combat this by avoiding acidic foods (like salt, sugars, fried foods and dairy products) and regularly eating alkaline foods rich in flavonoids:
- Red Fruits
- Fresh spinach
For a natural sweetener, substitute stevia or agave nectar for sugar.
Also, we should avoid the use of antacids, which give us momentary relief but can do extensive damage to our digestive systems. What’s more, they have high levels of sodium, aluminum, calcium and magnesium, and this could change our ph balance. A better choice would be medicinal clay taken internally, or for some, a mix of dietary salts (for example with magnesium citrate.)
An acidified body is the ideal place for all types of pathogens, so hiatal hernia and acid reflux are really warning signs that should put us on the alert.
Warm bicarbonated spa water
A very pleasant way of getting rid of acid in our bodies consists of drinking bicarbonated spa water and taking warm bicarbonated spa baths. Each spa has a type of water with specific characteristics, so we should find out which ones are bicarbonated. Sea water is also alkalizing.
Regenerating Digestive Mucus
Those with hiatal hernia can suffer from irritation of the digestive mucous owing to the continued acid reflux. If this is the case, we can take daily organic liquid silica, which will also improve the condition of our skin, hair and nails.
Also, the following foods and supplements will regenerate the mucous:
- Vitamin C
- Carrot juice
- Aloe vera
- Flax seeds soaked in water
Digestion begins in the mouth
A healthy diet is essential for proper absorption of nutrients, which is why it is imperative that we chew our food thoroughly. We should swallow when the food is totally crushed and mixed with the saliva, which contains digestive enzymes, so that afterwards our stomach is not overworked. People that suffer from hiatal hernia often chew too little, and in these cases, the stomach refuses the food through acid reflux.
As Gandhi said, “Chew your drink and drink your food,” recommending we even chew liquids.
To do this correctly, we have to try to eat consciously, avoiding too much stimulation (important conversations, television, etc.).
An old remedy
An old remedy involves drinking a juice preparation for nine days made from the following two ingredients: one quarter of a large, raw potato that has been thoroughly washed and peeled (approximately ¼ to 1/3 cup), mixed with two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. This alkalizing and anti-inflammatory preparation is very effective and we can see improvement in only nine days.
We can make potato juice or buy it from dieticians or herbalists.
Another food based remedy for relief in moments of crisis consists of consuming only three vegetables: potato, cabbage and carrot for three days. Apples can also be eaten and prepared in different ways: raw, boiled, baked or liquefied.
Here are a few more tips on how we can relieve the discomfort caused by hiatal hernia:
- Avoid tobacco, which already contributes to esophageal irritation.
- Avoid medications like aspirin that change the body’s pH level.
- Medication with hormones such as estrogen or progesterone can weaken the muscles of the diaphragm and produce acid.
- It’s better not to strain the stomach, so eat smaller meals more often.
- Avoid very cold or very hot foods and drinks.
- It’s not advisable to drink water during a meal. It’s better one hour before or after digestion.
- At meals, eat raw and natural foods first, then the cooked foods.
- Sleep with the upper part of your body slightly elevated.