This may lead to symptoms such as:
•a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn)
•acid taste in your mouth
people who are obese and women who are pregnant are at an increased risk for developing a hiatus hernia because decreased abdominal muscle tone and increased pressure within the abdominal cavity may lead to the development of a hiatus hernia.
People who have repetitive vomiting or those who have constipation and strain to have a bowel movement, increase the intra-abdominal pressure when they strain, and this may weaken the membrane.
Healthy eating habits and balanced diet consumption and lifestyle changes such as:
•losing and managing healthy body weight
•Decreasing the size portions of meals
•Avoiding certain acidic foods, such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits or juices, that can irritate the esophageal lining
•Limiting fried and fatty foods, foods containing caffeine (including chocolate), peppermint, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, sauces and vinegar
•Eating meals at least three to four hours before lying down, and avoiding bedtime snacks
•Keeping your head six inches higher than the rest of your body when lying on your back. Raising the level of your head helps gravity keep your stomach’s contents in the stomach.
•Not wearing a tight belt or tight clothing that can increase the pressure on the abdomen -- such as control top hosiery and body shapers
•Taking medications after eating to reduce acid in the stomach