Advice given to patients suffering from a hiatal hernia is simple:
– eat slowly;
– sleep in a semi-seated position;
– avoid foods that reduce pressure on the lower sphincter of the esophagus – mainly beer and other types of alcohol, and chocolate;
– avoid overly copious meals, and foods that are too fat, to prevent the slowing down of gastric evacuation.
Eating lots of fibre will help prevent a hiatal hernia. Obtain your fibre from the husks of dried legumes and grains, from the cellulose in green vegetables, the pectin in fruit and the bran in whole grain bread.
Note: although many doctors recommend avoiding coffee and soft drinks, there is no proof that eliminating these beverages helps heal a hiatal hernia.