Hiatal hernias are gaps in the esophagus that allow stomach acid to seep into the throat. In most patients, these hernias usually go unnoticed until a painful heartburn sets in after eating meals. People with hiatal hernias should eat foods that are easy on the gastrointestinal tract, less acidic foods that will not trigger acid reflux.
Thankfully, the myth surrounding coffee is not true and you may drink your morning cup without fear of reflux, but it is best to stay with only one cup. When night rolls around, do avoid drinking alcohol and avoid the greasy pizza that is often accompanied by beer or wine. Keep your meals small and eat more often to avoid upsetting your digestive system.
Your physical posture may also interfere with the healing process, so be sure to sit up straight for an hour after eating to minimize the amount of stomach acid leakage. Foods that are safe for acid reflux are also healthy, so use your hiatal hernia as an excuse to buy more vegetables! Include potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, apples and bananas in your next trip to the produce aisle. Safe cheeses include feta and goat, cream cheese and sour cream.
In addition, all sorts of grains have little acid reflux symptoms, such as whole-wheat bread, whole wheat cereals, whole wheat pretzels, and brown rice. If you must indulge, fat-free cookies, jelly beans, and baked potato chips are hernia-friendly snacks. In the meat aisle, check out the leanest cuts of beef such as London Broil, and avoid the greasy skins of chickens. In addition, do not eat egg yolks, ice cream, and butter, and all other sources of saturated fats that trigger uncomfortable acid reflux. With the right diet, people with hiatal hernias can heal faster.