WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Hiatal Hernia'?
A hernia is a protrusion of an organ through an opening. In this case, a hiatal hernia is a protrusion of the stomach through the diaphragm. The diaphragm is big dome-shaped muscle above stomach that separates the lungs and heart from the stomach , liver, and digestive viscera.
Each time you inhale, the diaphragm contracts, pushing down on digestive organs. Each time you exhale, the diaphragm relaxes. Since you breath roughly 26,000 times a day - the diaphragm contracts very often. The esophagus passes through the diaphragm and into the stomach.
For various reasons, among them shallow breath, the stomach may become adhered to the diaphragm, or protrude through. Shallow or difficult breathing due to pain may also be a sign of hiatal hernia. Other causes include pregnancy, obesity, digestive disorders that create undue pressure on abdominal organs, physical exertion and strain including persistent coughing, and smoking. A barium X-ray may be used to diagnose hiatal hernia.
There are two types of hiatal hernia, sliding and rolling. A sliding hernia is the most common, when the upper part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm. A sliding hernia is often small, and produces no symptoms, or intermittent symptoms. It often slips in and out of its correct position. A rolling hernia is rare but more dangerous. It can trap stomach above diaphragm, cutting off the blood supply and causing necrosis or tissue death, a serious condition.
The lower esophageal sphincter is a one way valve that lets food into the stomach. Under the conditions or hernia, it may not function properly, allowing acid from the stomach to escape into the esophagus, causing painful heartburn and acid reflux. Upon palpation with firm pressure, you may notice some discomfort in the upper left quadrant on the abdomen.
Surgery is often used to correct this condition, but it is not statistically successful. Chiropractors can sometimes reset the diaphragm into the proper position. You can also try a home technique while lying on your back with your knees bent or close to your chest. On the exhale push your finger under your left rib cage and pull the stomach down. Easy to digest foods reduce the chances of acid reflux. Avoid carbonated beverages and food that causes gas or bloating.
Disclaimer: 'Hiatal Hernia' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
STAGE OF DISEASE 4 - TISSUE DISEASEIf you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting symptoms in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance - i.e. symptoms in the stage 1 category. It is ideal to find and address the root causes weakening your system and remove them first. This ensures you are not adding fuel to the fire of disease. Once the root causes are removed, you can work on addressing the disease head on along with strengthening your body. This typically yields a quicker recovery and prevents recurrence. Ayurveda's preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.
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REBALANCE YOUR BODY WITH DIET, LIFESTYLE & HERBS HAVING THESE QUALITIESEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Hiatal Hernia', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance. For best results, get a one on one consultation.
QUALITIES THAT MAY CORRECT IMBALANCESRELATED TO HIATAL HERNIA
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FAVOR HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL PROPERTIESIngredient and herbs each have unique effects on the various organs of your body. Herbalists study these effects and categorize them, so it is easy to identify which foods and herbs are most helpful for your unique body type. Click on the medicinal properties below to learn more about them, and to figure out which recipes, ingredients and products will be a good match for you. Individual results will vary depending upon the root cause of your imbalance. The following medicinal properties are useful for a general case of 'Hiatal Hernia'. You must independently verify whether these medicinal properties address the root causes of your case of Hiatal Hernia.
DIET REMEDIES FOR 'HIATAL HERNIA'
PRODUCTS REMEDIES FOR 'HIATAL HERNIA'
REMOVE THE CAUSES OF YOUR IMBALANCE
HIATAL HERNIA USUALLY MEANS THESE
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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