Do you have any advice for someone with a hiatal hernia?
Q. Dear Terry, “Do you have any advice for someone with a hiatal hernia?” — Barbara D., Jersey City, NJ
A. Dear Barbara, A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the stomach bulges up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm (the muscular wall separating the chest cavity from the abdomen.
I strongly recommend that individuals with hiatal hernias restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates from their diet. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I also have some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
I especially like a combination of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil. The synergistic blend of d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil greatly improves healthy digestive function. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation that can also cause heartburn, and d-limonene has been studied for GERD. This combination is also very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I recommend taking 1 softgel of this combination twice daily. Be patient, as it may take a month or two to see improvements.
I also recommend adding a clinically studied, encapsulated DGL. DGL, which stands for “deglycyrrhizinated licorice,” is a special licorice extract that has filtered out glycyrrhizin, a compound in licorice which can raise blood pressure. DGL is a strong antioxidant, antimicrobial agent, and helps reduce inflammation. It also helps soothe the stomach and intestines by keeping the mucosal lining strong and intact, which can be beneficial to individuals who suffer from heartburn and indigestion. I recommend taking 75 mg of this special encapsulated DGL twice daily.
Lastly, you may also want to consider consulting with a licensed chiropractor. They may be able to offer additional safe and effective alternatives such as adjustments and/or manipulations to treat hiatal hernia.
Terry . . . Naturally