You’re Not Alone if You Have a Hiatal Hernia
The simple definition of a hernia is when a body part pushes into a place where is shouldn’t be. A more technical definition is when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a hole or a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. There are many types of hernias, but one of the more common is a hiatal hernia.
A hiatal hernia occurs when the esophagus (food pipe) and part of the stomach or just part of the stomach pushes through the hiatus, an opening in the diaphragm. The terms hiatal hernia and hiatus hernia are often used interchangeably.
There are two types of hiatal hernias. The most common type is known as a sliding hiatal hernia. It can often go unnoticed because it doesn’t always produce symptoms. It occurs when the lower part of the esophagus and part of the stomach slide up through the hiatus. Hiatal hernia is a common condition. By age 60, up to 60% of people have it to some degree.
The second type of hiatal hernia is called a paraesophageal hernia. A paraesophageal hernia happens when the esophagus stays in place and part of the stomch pushes up through the hiatus. The is more dangerous as strangulation or cutting off of the blood supply to the stomach can occur, which can lead to the death of the tissues involved.
Hiatal Hernia Causes and Symptoms
Suspected causes or contributing factors of a hiatal hernia include obesity, pregnancy (which create extra pressure on the stomach), injury, hereditary, smoking or even slouching. Additionally there may be a link between GERDs disease and hiatal hernias as they are often found in those with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
The most common symptoms of a hiatal hernia are heartburn and chest pain. Hiatal hernias are normally discovered by a doctor using xrays. In some cases surgery is recommended for and in some cases medications and drugs are used to treat reflux symptoms. However these drugs are notorious for their unpleasant and dangerous side effects.
Treat Hiatal Hernias with Natural Health Remedies
Fortunately there are many natural solutions, remedies and cures for hiatal hernia symptoms. Diet is of course one of the most important factors. Too much stomach acid being leaked back into the esophagus does not only cause heartburn but can do damage of a period of time. Try eating less spicy and acidic foods. Do not to bend over after meals and don’t eat too close to bedtime.
Those with a hiatal hernia can benefit from exercise, not only to build strength around the area, but to aid digestion and metabolic rate as well as boosting the immune system and improving over all health. Therapeutic massages are helpful. You may also want to try sleeping with your upper body raised.
There are also a wide variety of natural remedies and herbs that can help if you have a hiatal hernia. These include; honey, ACV, aloe vera, primrose oil, fennel seed and many more. Download our Reflux Remedy Report to get the full report and discover how to successfully treat your hiatal hernia.
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