This is a very common condition and occurs when the upper part of the stomach protrudes upwards and into the oesophageal opening. General symptoms are acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, general abdominal discomfort, food repeating itself, belching etc. Some control their symptoms by eliminating those foods that they know cause discomfort while others use medication.
Those who take the medications are often prescribed something for high stomach acid as reflux is often an issue. However as a holistic practitioner I would say that it is low, not high, stomach acid that is often the problem so by taking antacids it could be reducing it even further.
Some with this condition can feel a lump in the throat and find difficulty swallowing. This is because the oesophagus has been shortened as the stomach has pushed upwards and taken some of its space.
A hiatus hernia also causes us to breath in a shallow way and this in turn creates acidity within the body as breathing is the first line of our pH defence. A healthy body is more alkaline in nature where disease cannot thrive while a more acidic one creates an unhealthy environment where disease can thrive. Shallow breathing also reduces our energy levels and creates an environment for bacteria, parasites and cancer cells to develop. Chronically ill people are almost always chest breathers.
Hiatus hernias respond very well to a change in diet, a reduction in stress levels, more relaxation and good healthy living. So before going down the medication route look at your day to day living and ask yourself whether some things could be changed. Listen to your body and if it doesn’t like a particular food then it doesn’t suit you. Consider a visit to a holistic practitioner in your area and/or do your own research to find out how best to help yourself.
Please note: Do not stop or reduce any of the medications prescribed from your GP for this condition without discussing it with him/her first.