Hiatus means gap and herniation means a state of rupture through the wall of that which normally contains it. Your stomach sits below the diaphragm with the oesophagus (your digestive tract from your mouth to your stomach) goes up through the centre of it, when it becomes weak and ruptured you will feel pain, burning and much discomfort.
What Causes Hiatal Hernia?
Eating meals which are too large for the stomach, eat smaller portions more often!
Eating too quickly whereby the stomach cannot break down the food quickly enough so the stomach expands, or finishing the plate of food whether you want it or not!
Poor posture is a huge issue where people eat slumped over the table or on a soft sofa, with their shoulders forward and their backs in a C Curve… this results in all of the internal organs being compressed.
Eating when stressed when the body is not in a state to accept food and break it down into a paste where it can be easily utilised by the body. Instead the food will sit like a ball or knot in your stomach.
As the stomach is forced upwards, its neck begins to stretch a hole in the diaphragm through which the oesophagus passes. When this continues over a long period it creates a tearing at the opening. At this stage or before it reaches this stage it can easily be treated and fixed through simple techniques which I carry out on a number of my clients. The entire digestive system is looked at and treated to bring it back into balance. Just focusing on one part of it is not enough long term. In extreme cases surgery is required to bridge the gap.
Many people can suffer mild to severe digestive problems with this depending at what stage it is at or they may suffer heartburn/indigestion whereby they are put onto Nexium or some other long-term medication which in many cases the dosage increase or the drug itself has to be changed frequently as it does little to quell the actual root problem.
Avoid an over indulgence in a mixture of rich foods. Eat simple foods at each sitting and keep rich foods for a separate sitting. Make time to eat slowly. Always eat sitting up straight. Chew your food extremely well. Avoid excess liquids at meal times. Don’t forget to take your digestive enzymes. Move around after eating and avoid lying down, doing anything strenuous or bending over. Get in a little fresh air…it’s brilliant at boosting digestion too.