Although acid-suppressing drugs can have serious side effects, they can help people who have a hiatal hernia. In this video, Dr. Andrew Rubman, naturopathic physician and author of Bottom Line’s “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” blog, discusses natural alternatives to acid-suppressing drugs to treat hiatal hernias. Interestingly, increasing stomach acid can help a hiatal hernia because it allows food to digest properly. Ultimately, recovery from a hiatal hernia requires a better diet, better nutrition and proper exercise. Yoga and deep breathing also are recommended.

Andrew Rubman, ND, is a teacher as well as a physician, helping his patients make better-informed choices about their healthcare and become better consumers of both traditional and conventional medical options.  He is also a member of the Bottom Line Personal Panel of Experts. For more great tips from Dr. Rubman, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary.”