Are you 50+ & having chest pain with frequent burping?
It may not be just acidity; it can be hiatus hernia.
Here are few tips to take care if you are diagnosed to have hiatus hernia.
What is Hiatus hernia?
When the stomach protrudes through the
opening in the diaphragm (the muscles that separates
your chest and abdomen), it is called Hiatus Hernia.
You can have Hiatus Hernia if you are suffering from:
- Chest pain (especially when you bend down).
- Severe heart burn
- Abdominal pain
- Frequent burping
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Throat soreness
- Belching or
What can you do at your level?
- Avoid fizzy drink that causes burping:
Whenever you eat any junk food, you have aerated drink
hoping that it will digest your food easily. But
on the contrary, it increases acid in your stomach.
- Avoid taking too hot or too cold food:
If you have habit of taking very hot tea or
very hot soups, it is better to avoid it. Instead,
you can have it when it is little warm. As taking
too hot food can lead to irritation. Similarly
you should avoid taking too cold food.
- Do not lie down immediately after your meal:
At night when you are late for your dinner, you
go to bed immediately after your meal but
this can aggravate your symptoms of
hiatus hernia like heart burn.so make
habit of having your meal at least 2-3 hours before your bed time.
- Take small meals:
Always remember not to eat stomach full, even though
it is your favourite food item. Eat only
80% of your hunger.
- Avoid caffeinated drink, dairy products & chocolates.
As these foods are highly acidic or may weaken your
lower oesophageal sphincter, making it easier for
stomach acids to back up into your oesophagus.
Stop taking any antacid & it is better you go to
doctor and have a proper diagnosis done.
Don’t let your hernia restrict you and keep you
from the activities you enjoy.
That’s all for today
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday Tip.
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Cosmetic Clinician.