If you have a Hiatal hernia, your stomach is moving upwards through an enlarged hole in the diaphragm. The hole in the diaphragm exists for the downward passing of the oesophagus (from throat to stomach), and the stomach is supposed to remain ‘south’ of the diaphragm. If it does start squeezing ‘north’ through an enlarged diaphragm hole, it can cause acid reflux around meal times.
Other symptoms can be (1):
- Acid reflux/ ‘heartburn’
- Feeling sick/Nausea or vomiting
- Hard or painful to swallow
Once there’s a medical diagnosis (via an endoscopy/gastroscopy or X-ray), antacids are offered as a means to reduce the discomfort of acid reflux by reducing the acidity in the stomach.
The problem with this anti acid ‘solution’ is that the stomach is supposed to be highly acidic. Read more here.
The high acidity levels of the stomach (also known as the ‘low pH’ in the stomach) are part of the immune system and the digestive system. Strong levels of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach purifies our food of pathogenic material we may have ingested. Also, the acidity digests complex proteins in the stomach, transforming large micro nutrients into smaller micro nutrients, that can be digested further in the intestinal tract.
Taking anti-acids regularly reduces the acidity levels in the stomach and interfere with functioning of these systems – immunity and digestion. As those two central to our health, long term use of anti-acids is simply not a healthy solution.
Dr. David Williams (2), specialises in natural treatments and cures for common diseases and recommends the following protocol:
- Drink a glass or two of room temperature or slightly warm water when you get out of bed in the morning. (nothing else, just drink warm water.)
- While standing, bring your arms straight out from your sides and bend your elbows so your hands are touching your chest.
- Stand up on your toes as high as possible and drop down. You should get a pretty good jolt. Drop down like this 10 times continuously.
- Then, while standing with your arms up in the air, breathe short quick breaths with your mouth open for about 15 seconds. That’s it.
This protocol should help bring the stomach out of the diaphragm, and alleviate the acid reflux completely.
How does it work? Drinking water warms your stomach muscles and fill the stomach, giving it weight but not requiring any digestion. The exercises drop the now-heavier-stomach out of the herniated location. The breathing encourages the diaphragm to close up around the oesophagus, keeping the stomach in place.
Plus, this protocol will probably have an added bonus of stimulating your elimination and you may find you’re moving your bowels more easily than before.
To your health!