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Watter kosse moet vermy word wanneer mens ‘n mantelvliesbreuk het. Dit is gediagnoseer by my ma van 72 jr en sy kry sulke aanvalle waar sy geweldig naar is en baie pyn het. Dankie vir jou gewaardeerde raad. Groete

- Talana / 20 February 2012

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Hi there

I’ll have to answer you in English, I’m afraid – my Afrikaans isn’t quite up to answering this kind of question! I hope it’s ok.

  • Firstly, it’s important that she not overeat at any mealtime. She must rather eat smaller meals more often (5-6 smaller meals). Large meals cause the stomach to get larger, which will push upwards on the hernia causing reflux/heartburn and pain.

  • She must sit up after eating – don’t lie down for a couple of hours afterwards (so don’t eat late at night).

  • Avoid heartburn- & nausea-causing foods: coffee, citrus, alcohol, high amounts of sugar, peppermint, fatty foods, chocolate, tomatoes, fizzy cooldrinks, lots of red meat, etc. Fruit juices must be diluted.


She may need to avoid them totally or only cut down: she’ll need to experiment a bit as there’s no rule about it: everyone’s different. She’ll probably find that eating very dry food could make it worse as well, so making sure there’s a light sauce or juiciness to what she eats can help too.

  • If she is overweight, especially in the middle area, then losing weight will reduce her symptoms a lot.

  • If she smokes, she should stop – it is known to worsen reflux & heartburn.

  • If the pain is intense, stabbing & under her breastbone, & especially if it occurs at night, it might be worth checking for gallstones.


She can try a homeopathic remedy called Sister Lilian NausiCare – it’s for adults too. She can take it 3 x daily, and hourly (or even half-hourly) if it’s bad. This helps with heartburn, nausea, & reflux.

I also recommend she drinks chamomile tea as it helps to heal damaged digestive lining. When one has a hernia like this, stomach acid tends to wash upwards where it shouldn’t be, causing damage to the oesophagus lining, which also results in pain, as well as heartburn. Chamomile can also help with nausea. 2 – 3 cups of chamomile tea. She could sweeten with a bit of honey or sugar) could help too.

I hope this helps!

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