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12 May 2004

Digestion and a Hiatus Hernia
Hi, I found out that I have a hernia last year. I was on hernia medication, but it seems to have gotten better (since I stopped using anti depressants) so I dont use Hernia medication anymore. I only get heartburn if I've had too much alcohol or rich food.

I'm not sure if I'm eating properly because my digestion is really irratic - I get constipated alot even though I eat alot of fruit. Could this be to do with my Hernia?

My diet is usually fruit in morning and then toast or oats.
Then more fruit - apple and banana.
Then brown rice and salad and sardines.
then another apple
then brown rice and seeds etc.

Would you suggest i go on a detox to clean out my system?? Is there any natural remedies or medication I can use to ease my digestion difficulties?



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01 Jan 0001

Dear Help
As you say, rich foods and alcohol make you produce more stomach acid which pushes up in the oesophagus and causes heartburn. If you have a hiatus hernia, these symptoms will recur unless you have a corrective operation. The hernia will not cause constipation. To combat constipation in your case it may be a good idea to include some olive or safflower oil in your diet because such a low fat intake can lead to constipation. You need some fat to 'lubricate' your digestive system. I am not in favour of 'detox regimens' that use colonic irrigation or harsh laxatives as this removes the 'good bugs' from your digestive system. You can try taking probiotics such as Bifidoflora or Bifidoforte (buy at health shop) to normalise your intestinal microflora. I don't know if you are a semi-vegan ? but your diet seems to be lacking in many nutrients such as protein, vitamin B12, calcium, and iron, so it would be beneficial if you could also include some eggs, milk and dairy products in your diet.
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DietDoc
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