Hiatal Hernia Diet
A lot of people think a specific hiatal hernia diet can quickly relieve symptoms of acid reflux, belching, and nausea.
So how doe sit work? Well, a diet for hiatal hernia is all about avoiding those foodstuffs which actually stimulate acid reflux, burping or belching, and excessive production of stomach acid. There are general rules for this kind of diet, but one of the most effective ways of establishing which foodstuffs exacerbate your condition is to keep a food diary.
In this diary you record everything that you eat, and the episodes of heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux that you experience. By correlating the record of what you’ve eaten in your food diary with the symptoms of hiatal hernia, it’s possible to establish the risk factors on a personal basis.
Having said that, the typical diet designed to combat acid reflux and GERD would include the following restrictions:
1) Little or no fried or fatty food, including fatty cuts of meats, sausages, bacon, offal and the like.
2) Little or no high-fat dairy products, including full fat milk, full fat cheese, yogurt and cream. Low-fat or zero fat products are acceptable substitutes, as it skimmed milk.
3) Nuts, particularly if they are roasted or fried, may be a trigger factor because of their high fat content and therefore probably should be avoided in a hiatal hernia diet. Nonetheless, the variation between different individuals mean that the food diary is an essential part of controlling the symptomatology of this condition.
4) Reports about caffeine vary; you may have to try this for yourself to see if it accentuates the symptoms of the hernia, or acid reflux, heartburn.
5) Carbonated drinks, regardless of flavor, should be avoided because they do definitely stimulate acid reflux. Regrettably the same is true of alcohol, which may be painful for those of you who like to drink! Interestingly enough, white wine appears to be one of the worst offenders in this regard.
6) It follows that the foods which are low in fat, such as rice, pulses, grains, steamed vegetables and many grilled foods, are much more acceptable, and far less likely to trigger symptoms.
Now you may be already be thinking that a diet composed of the foodstuffs that are permitted in the regime above is going to be very boring. That’s why it is absolutely essential to buy into a program which can show you exactly how to make the most of the foods that are acceptable in a diet designed for people with hiatal hernia, so you can avoid stimulating the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn by eating the “wrong” foods.