Most cases of hiatal hernias are harmless and don’t show symptoms until you notice a bump near your stomach. However, if you’re experiencing acid reflux, you may have a dangerous hiatal hernia.

When a hiatal hernia is large enough, stomach acids and undigested food can return to the esophagus. Acid reflux can cause discomfort and pain after eating certain foods. The leading Lancaster hernia surgeon, Dr. Lemus-Rangel, shares the ideal diet if you’re living with a hiatal hernia.

Since acid reflux is associated with hiatal hernias, reducing your consumption of acidic foods can help hiatal hernia symptoms.

What to Avoid:Lancaster hernia surgeon

  • Alcohol, beer, wine
  • Onions
  • Coffee
  • Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges)
  • Tea (green tea, black tea, any caffeinated tea)
  • Tomatoes (includes ketchup, spaghetti sauce, salsa)
  • Milk
  • Spicy and fried foods
  • Soda
  • Garlic
  • High sodium foods
  • Chocolate (cocoa)
  • Peppermint (mint)Lancaster hernia surgeon

Don’t worry; there are a lot of good foods out there that aren’t acidic. Not only do they reduce hiatal hernia symptoms, they are healthier for you.

What to Eat/Drink:

  • Plant-based milk (almond, coconut, soy, cashew)
  • Juice (carrot, cabbage, aloe vera)
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds)
  • Vegetables (leafy greens, asparagus, peas, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, artichoke)
  • Water

Eating too much at a time can also make your hiatal hernia symptoms worse. How your food is cooked makes a difference in your symptoms.

Cooking Tips:

  • Cook with healthier fats (olive oil, coconut oil)
  • Use whole foods rather than processed foods
  • Smaller meals more frequently
  • Include probiotics (pickles, kombucha, kefir)

If your hiatal hernia becomes too painful and/or you’re experiencing heartburn, chest pain, or trouble swallowing, contact your physician or our Lancaster hernia surgeon.

About Dr. Lemus-Rangel

Dr. Lemus-Rangel is an expert Lancaster hernia surgeon who is dedicating to providing top-quality medical care to his patients. He has over 10 years of surgical experience and is one of the few robotic surgeons in his area. Anyone seeking a Lancaster hernia surgeon should contact Dr. Lemus-Rangel at or at 23823 Valencia Blvd. #150, Valencia, CA 91355.