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should i eat more lighter meals rather less heavy meals to lessen my hiatal hernia symptoms?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Yes: Eating smaller, more frequent meals can improve your hiatal hernia symptoms. Keep a food diary to make sure you don't overeat. Also try to eat only at meals, and avoid empty calories in snacks. Lastly, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can significantly worsen reflux symptoms.
Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
Maybe: That may help, but you didn't tell what your symptoms are.

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