9. Slippery Elm
This herb is another effective remedy for a hiatal hernia. It helps reduce stomach acidity and alleviate heartburn. In addition, slippery elm has soothing and anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered slippery elm bark in 1 cup of hot water.
- Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
- Drink it twice a day, especially after eating your meals.
10. Change Your Diet
When suffering from a hiatal hernia, it is important to keep a close eye on your diet. Keep two goals in mind: 1) avoid foods that trigger or worsen the symptoms, and 2) lose weight, which will lessen the pressure on your stomach.
- Avoid foods that trigger heartburn, such as chocolate, caffeine, onions, garlic, spicy foods, fried foods, citrus fruits and tomato-based foods.
- Follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. You can also have lean meats but avoid spicy seasonings.
- Eat healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts, to balance your diet.
- Include whole-grain foods in your diet.
- Eat several smaller meals throughout the day rather than fewer large meals.
- Have your dinner at least 2 to 3 hours before your bedtime.
- Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.
- Limit your alcohol consumption or avoid it completely.
- Do not smoke cigarettes and avoid other tobacco products.
- Elevate the head of your bed 4 to 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) to prevent symptoms like heartburn and acidity. You can also use an acid reflux wedge pillow to reduce discomfort.
- Do not lie down or bend right after having a meal.
- After eating, take a short walk around your dining room or kitchen.
- Avoid straining during bowel movements.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing around your torso.