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Advices for patients with hiatus hernia
The opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus reaches into the abdominal cavity is also called diaphragmatic hiatus. When this opening becomes weaker due to any kind of problem, the upper part of the stomach pushes through and reaches the chest backwards. In this case, a hiatus hernia has occurred and if you suffer from it you must know how to live and deal with it.
Instead of eating regular three meals per day you must try to eat about six times day and lower quantities of food in order to protect the stomach that has already moved from its place. Before going to sleep never eat or drink anything for about one or two hours. Avoid bending towards after you have had you’re meal and avoid foods causing heartburn. Also try to avoid alcohol and in case of heartburn use an antacid drug. Always sleep with head and shoulders on an incline and never sleep with clothes that might constrict your body especially in the stomach area. You must immediately stop smoking and avoid any activity causing abdominal strain. If you follow these instructions properly, you will get to be able to live with the hiatus hernia.
Other important tricks and advices must also be taking seriously if you want to worry even less about you hiatus condition. When you plan of having dinner in a restaurant learn which foods are potential triggers of heartburn and avoid them. A diet against heartburn also includes avoiding food that might potentially trigger an acid reflux. The acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus is another important symptom of hiatus hernia and may cause disturbing heartburn.
Patients suffering from heartburn must avoid drinking alcohol as much as possible as it is a very important trigger of acid reflux. In rare cases if you pay attention to some vital tricks about alcoholic beverages, you may be allowed to drink small amounts of alcohol without fearing you will suffer heartburn crises.
Smoking is known to affect patients with hiatus hernia as it immediately stimulates the gastric acid production and leads to a weakening or relaxation of the inferior esophageal sphincter. If this occurs, the stomach content is allowed to get back into the esophagus and produce damages to its mucosa.
Beside all the advices below, you must carefully monitor the triggers of your personal heartburn conditions and avoid them permanently. Some products may be responsible also for the severity of the heartburn and for your body’s reaction. Other foods may on the contrary be able to offer you relief.
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