Hiatal Hernia Diet: the Best and Worst Food Choices

Overview

The hiatal diaphragm is a medical condition that happens when the proximal part of the stomach bulges up through the diaphragm and into the thoracic region. The diaphragm is a muscle that aids breathing; it lies between the thoracic region and abdominal region. The standard anatomical position of the diaphragm is above the stomach. In a hiatal hernia, some areas of the abdomen push through the diaphragm to lie above it; a space called the diaphragmatic esophageal hiatus aids the bulging of the stomach.

Hiatal hernia is common among people within the age of 50-60 years, a research done by the esophageal cancer awareness association showed that it affects 60 percent of people at the age of 60 years. Hiatal hernia shows no symptoms, so it is usually noticed late in people. It is a medical condition that can be significantly affected by the kind of food you eat. Diets are very imperative in regulating the symptoms of Hiatal herniae, such as indigestion and heartburn [1].

Patients with Hiatal hernias experience heartburn because acids in the stomach go up into the esophagus, causing pain in the thoracic region and throat. Diets can worsen the symptoms of hiatal hernia and can improve the symptoms. We will be discussing the best and worse meals to consume when diagnosed with a hiatal hernia here.