Hernia is caused when the organ gets pushed through the tissue or muscle that helps it in holding in place. For example the intestine might break through the weak part of the walls of the abdomen. Most of the hernias are seen in the abdomen present between the hips and chest. Most hernias are not life-threatening but sometimes it takes a lot of time to go away on its own. Sometimes it might also need an operative method to reduce any kind of complications. One of the most common symptoms seen in the disease is bulging of the affected part along with pain. It is also very important to avoid any kind of foods or drinks in order to avoid the aggravation. In this article we are going to discuss the dietary habits that one should follow while suffering from Hernia.


There are certain types of food items that can either improve or will worsen the clinical features of the hernia.

Some of the dietary habits that can help in reducing symptoms including

1. Bananas

They are rich in potassium as well as fibre and they help in lining the oesophagus as it helps in reducing irritation and preventing damage caused by acid reflux. The soluble fibre found in the bananas known as pectin is helpful in making the movement easy during digestion. It is suggested to take two bananas twice daily in order to see the benefits.

2. Apple

Apples are rich nutrients like magnesium, potassium, calcium along with Vitamin A, C, D, B6 and B12. They help in promoting digesting as well as improving the movement of bowels in the body. The magnesium present in the apples helps in reducing the excessive acid from the stomach. It is better to take one small bowel og apple once a day which will help in keeping the stomach issues away.

3. Carrots

They are packed with fibre, beta carotene, potassium and various types of antioxidants. Drinking carrot juice can help in preventing the degeneration  of stomach lining due to conditions like gastritis and ulcers as well. It helps in improving the condition of the stomach by aiding digestion and relieving the signs of hernia. Carrots can be added into daily diet in the form of salads.

4. Whole Grains

They are the unprocessed grains that are made from three layers including bran, germ and endosperm. The bran is the rich source of fibre which is helpful in treating constipation and also with healthy fatty acid that increases the metabolism.  As the studies have shown that it helps in treating inflammation from the stomach. It is said to eat whole grains like pasta, whole wheat bread and quinoa.

5. Cinnamon

It has the ability to reduce the production of acid and digestive enzymes known as pepsin found in the stomach. The excessive  amount of acid as well as pepsin can lead to damage to the stomach lining. It helps in cooling down the pH levels and also cooling down the digestive tract. This helps in relieving the symptoms of the hernia and drinking milk with a pinch of cinnamon is very helpful.

6. Green Tea

Many studies have shown that green tea has the ability to treat many digestive issues. It is concluded that green tea contains content known as polyphenol epigallocatechin gallan which has the ability to reduce gastric ulcers. They have the ability to treat ailments like bloating, pain in abdomen, diarrhoea and bloating as well. It can be taken twice daily which will help in reaping its benefits.

7. Green Vegetables

They are rich in magnesium and also low carbohydrates as well and this includes vegetables like cilantro, asparagus, parsley etc. They are all rich sources of fibre and low in starch which helps in making the digestion easier. Green vegetables are naturally filled with chlorophyll which is useful in reducing the inflammation of any kind from the body including the digestive system too. It is very beneficial in including green vegetables in the idet in different forms like salads, juice or sabzi.

Food Items To Be Avoided

Here are the list of certain food items that should be avoided in order to avoid aggravation

  • Fatty Foods : There are several studies done by the research which shows that the intake of high-fat foods like processed and red meats, fried foods and high fat dairy products. Eating fried food and beverages like alcohol or heavy milkshakes can worsen the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease which can worsen the pain as well.
  • Sugary Foods : Food items like corn syrup, soft drinks, frozen desserts, cakes, cookies, pies, candies, pastries and foods high in sugar can lead to  constipation. Consuming starchy foods along with foods rich in proteins can lead to indigestion and acid reflux.
  • Acidic Foods : Foods like tomatoes, pickles, pineapples and dishes made from vinegar are high in acid levels. This causes the lower esophageal sphincter muscles to relax and promotes the acid reflux from the stomach to the esophagus. 
  • Citrus Fruits : Fruits like grapefruits, lime, lemons, and oranges have the high tendency to increase acid in the stomach that can increase symptoms like heartburn. Citrus fruits help in allowing the lower esophageal sphincter to relax which then allows the acid of the stomach to move upward into the food pipe.

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Hernia is one of the diseases that is not dangerous but its symptoms can be bothersome. The above mentioned dietary tips will help in reducing the signs and along with that it is important to avoid food items as mentioned. So, this article has described all the fruits as well as vegetables that need to be avoided and should be included.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.