Diet and Hiatal Hernia


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  • Hmmm i was eating vegan diet for a year now. whole winter i was eating cooked foods like potatoes lentils beans etc… not a lot of greens or fruits though. and in spring i started feeling acid reflux  or heartburn after every meal i eat… also didnt buy b12 supplement yet but will do in comming month. I dont know how i messed that up… i drink at least 2l of water a day.

  • Old wise man saying.  Good food goes in easy, comes out easy.  Bad food goes in difficult, comes out difficult.

    Eating good food, not necessarily vegan, won't give you the constipation and grunting pressures forcing food-concrete from your bowels.  Also, having the proper daily amount of fluids will make sure that you properly digest and move your food-fuel down the highway without bunching-up and clogging your speed lane, and all later food traffic.

  • You talk about all the positive of a vegan diet. Why not talk about the negatives? Low testosterone, short lifespan, non existent vegans who are 100+ years old.

  • I suffered from a hiatal hernia and severe constipation for a long time at the age of 19. It wasn't until I started eating a vegan diet (high in fruit too!) That I cured my hernia, constipation and my severe acid reflux!! I seriously looked everywhere on the internet and never found the answers until I traveled to Costa Rica and worked on an organic farm. We ate loads of fruit veg rice and beans. NEVER GOING BACK TO ANIMAL PRODUCTS AGAIN!!!

  • Oh hey! Did you considered – Fini Weekly Diet (search on google)? Ive heard some superb things about it and my brother had only finest words about with this program.

  • I have a hiatal hernia and reflux. I'm on Protonix, but still wake up short of breath with belching in the middle of the night. I try not to eat within 4-5 hours of laying down, yet I still lose sleep 4-5 nights a week. If I increase fiber intake and cut out fatty foods, when could I notice  relief? I'm in fairly good shape by the way. Not fat at all, and I exercise. Scares me that at 27 I'm struggling with this, and have been for 5 years.

  • Dr. Greger when are you making a video about Helicobacter Pyloris or GERD? thanks!! Im a post VSG and new vegan low fat patient and im suffering with this two issues. Will love to get your findings on these.

  • I have been suffering from GERD/acid reflux for 20yrs and taking prilosec for that time, recently started the mcdoughall diet which is vegan mostly starches and my reflux seemed to get worse (2weeks) so then I started my own paleo version (1 week) and seems to work for my GERD, the answer isnt a simple one, like eat this or that, I wish it was, for example I eat meat but find it tough to digest cause prilosec reduced stomach acid so sai acid doesnt travel up the esophagus, but I eat raw (scalded) meat and no problem digesting it, but feel more nervous on it seeing as carbs make me relax more.

    The Hiatus Hernia/GERD solution in my opinion is one that attacks the problem/disease from many angles.
    1. Diet – low carb diet seems to cause less bacteria build up and less pressure pushing up against a weakened LES, High fibre diet relieves this upward pressure by a faster transit time etc, so who is right??? High fibre foods are going to be carbs, like friuts, cereals like wheat bran and of course veggies! I can't eat gluten so bran is out for me!

    So I suppose I can eat only veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, etc. and avoid high carb foods and no meat.

    2. The studies don't touch on what happens in a few thrid world countries i.e. squatting when defecating, THAT could be the main reason why for example in africa they would have less GERD/Hiatus Hernia cause this practise causes less pressure on the LES??

    3. Relaxation, raising the bed 8 inches, taking certain supplements, losing weight, various exercises, chiropracter sessions etc should be also taken into account when trying to fix the HH and GERD.

  • I have a question, I can't get health insurance for various reasons, and at one point I had a endoscopy scheduled but due to issues with insurance I haven't been able to get it done. I've had horrible heart burn for about 10 years and just in the last 6 months I've started regurgitating just about everything I eat. I notice it gets worse when I eat certain things like dairy, esp ice cream, red sauce, tomato, pepper, onion, citrus fruits. Etc. But I still regurgitate food either way. Is this a symptom of a hiatal hernia? Or have any of you experienced this? My doctors just gave me a raised eyebrow and no ideas as to what is causing it. About the only thing I saw online for regurgitation besides just GERD was a hernia or cancer. I don't want to freak myself out but I'm not getting anything done about it at this time so I'm left to suffer and wonder. It's literally getting in the way of everyday life, I can't do some basic functions because I'm too busy puking all the time. I'm miserable. Help!!

  • hiatal hernia is a mechanical problem. When somebody tells you, it's all because meat and animal fat consumption, take caution. There will be a day when they'll blame it to meat consumption if the sun doesn't show up in the horizon.

  • If this theory is true then how come many people are recovering fron gerd by eating a very low carb diet and are fine eating fats as they dont ferment in the stomach causing gas putting pressure on the les??????

  • On this thought…aside of meals habits, I guess people with hiatal hernias should refrain themselves from working out with weights…. Straining would be out of the question?

  • I have been vegan for 6 months. My gastric reflux has got less and less and has now virtually disappeared. I no longer take PPI s to stop acid, and lack of acid prevents intrinsic factor needed for b12 absorption.

  • I've been having acid reflux and hemorrhoids on and off for around a year now and didn't do anything about it. Now I think I have a hernia from pushing a bowel movement. However, I can't locate what type it is. Sometimes it feels like it's underneath the ribs and other times it feels more like low abdominals with pain that continues to the groin. Can a change to my diet cure this hernia? Or do I have to get surgery?

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