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Introduction to Hiatal Hernia: A Potentially Dangerous Digestive Condition

A hernia is a condition where an organ pushes through an opening that a certain muscle holds in place. There are four different hernias that typically occur in the human body:

  • Inguinal hernia — This occurs when intestines push through the inguinal canal, a tubular passage found near the groin area. It helps hold up the testicles in men, and the uterus in women.1
  • Umbilical hernia — When the intestines pass through the abdominal wall, a bulge near the belly button occurs. Children younger than 6 months are the largest demographic of this condition, although it usually goes away when they’re a year old.2
  • Incisional hernia —This type of hernia can emerge because of a recent abdominal surgery. The intestines may push through the incision scar, or the weakened tissue surrounding it.3
  • Hiatal hernia — Hiatal hernia occurs when a part of your stomach protrudes upward through the hiatus, which is an opening in your diaphragm.4

This guide will focus on hiatal hernia. This condition can occur in anyone, from unborn children to those who are approaching middle and senior age. Its symptoms should not be ignored, because they can be very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.5,6

The Causes of Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernia usually occurs in people ages 50 and above, and to those who are overweight or obese. Its exact causes are unknown, but there are a few theories, such as:7

  • Injury or trauma — A strong blow to the central chest area can rupture your digestive organs, causing the diaphragm to loosen and allow the stomach to go up.
  • Birth defect — It’s possible that some people are born with a large hiatus, which will need to be addressed to prevent the hernia from worsening.
  • Constant pressure — Certain actions that steadily exert pressure on your chest such as vomiting, coughing and straining while defecating can cause hiatal hernia.

Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia to Watch For

Most of the time, hiatal hernias are minor and asymptomatic, and you can live a full life without needing medical treatment at all. However, those who do develop complications typically display symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).8 This is a condition in which stomach acid rises to your esophagus, causing symptoms such as:9,10

  • Heartburn — An uncomfortable, burning feeling in the chest that usually occurs after eating, due to the stomach acid climbing up the esophagus.
  • Swallowing problems — GERD can make it hard for you to eat your usual foods.
  • Pain — You may feel pain in your chest or the upper part of your abdomen.

Learn All About Hiatal Hernia in This Guide

Even if your hiatal hernia is asymptomatic, there’s still a chance you can develop complications if you don’t follow certain preventive measures. This guide will show you massages, dietary practices and other methods to help you deal with hiatal hernia.

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Dark Choco-Dipped Cherry Bites Recipe

Recipe by Pete Evans

Many people just can’t end a meal without dessert. After
all, a satisfying dessert refreshes your palate and gives your lunch or dinner
a sweet ending.

Most people, however, would reach for a bowl of ice cream or
a slice of cake to satiate their sweet tooth — but why do so when there are
healthier dessert options to choose from? Case in point: these delicious cherry
bites from Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans, with whom I co-wrote “The Fat
for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook.”

This easy dessert recipe combines the freshness and tartness
of cherries with the bitter taste of raw cacao chocolate and the mild sweetness
of coconut flakes, giving you a deep burst of flavor in every bite.

 

Prep time:
15 minutes (plus 30 minutes chilling time)

Cook time:
15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound
fresh cherries,
pitted and cut into halves

1 tablespoon
honey

1 cup
unsweetened coconut flakes

2 fresh dates,
pitted

3
tablespoons coconut
oil
, melted

1/2 pound raw cacao chocolate, chopped

 

Procedure:

1.                  
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.                  
Place the pitted and halved cherries on a pastry
paper-lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Keep the cherry stems aside in
a separate bowl. Allow the cherries to cool.

3.                  
Place the baked cherries, honey, dates, coconut
flakes and coconut oil in a food processor and pulse briefly until mixture is
combined.

4.                  
Roll the mixture into cherry-sized balls, and
insert a cherry stem into the center of each ball at the base.

5.                  
Continue rolling between the palms of your hands
until they form perfect balls. Place each directly onto another tray prelined
with baking paper. Transfer the tray to the freezer and chill for 30 minutes or
until the cherry balls are firm.

6.                  
Meanwhile, place the raw cacao chocolate in a
bowl over a saucepan filled to 3/4 with simmering water and stir until the
chocolate is completely melted.

7.                  
Remove the melted chocolate from the heat.

8.                  
Dip the chilled cherry balls into the chocolate
until they are completely coated, then return them to the paper-lined tray.
When all the cherry balls have been dipped and coated, return the tray to the
refrigerator and chill for another five minutes or until the chocolate sets.

This recipe makes 15 cherry bites.

Three Cheers for
Cherries!

Fresh cherries are a favorite fruit during the summer
season, not only because of their luscious flavor but their versatility as well.
You can use cherries in different recipes: baked in pastries, added to fruit
salads or even to complement the saltiness of sauces and gravies.

However, did you know that there are two classifications of
cherries, in the form of either sweet or tart (sour)? The former is often eaten
fresh, while sour ones are usually frozen, sold dried or made into juice. They
also form a deeper and fuller flavor when cooked, which makes them more
preferable in baked desserts.[i]

Nevertheless, both tart and sweet cherries are loaded with
various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which all
give them their amazing health benefits, such as:

May help relieve gout and arthritis. This is thanks to the anthocyanins and bioflavonoids that slow
down enzymes cyclooxygenase-1 and -2,
therefore providing relief for these conditions.[ii]

Promoting
healthy sleep.
Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, which
plays a vital role not just in sleep but also in curbing
free
radicals
and cancer prevention.

 

Based on research, consuming tart
cherry juice helped increase melatonin levels and improved total sleep time
and sleep efficiency.[iii]

 

Reducing your stroke risk. Consuming
tart cherries activates peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPAR) in
your tissues, which have a beneficial effect on your cholesterol levels and blood
pressure, and may help reduce risk of not only stroke but other diseases.

Improving
risk factors of heart disease and diabetes.
Quercetin, one of the most
potent antioxidants in cherries, has been found to improve cardiovascular
health by managing blood pressure levels.[iv]

 

Meanwhile, another animal study where
rats were given tart cherry powder with a high-fat diet gained less weight
and had less body fat than rats that were not. Lower levels of triglycerides
and inflammation were also noted.[v]

 

Reducing risk of dementia. Polyphenols
in cherries help combat inflammation and oxidative stress, which both play a
role in dementia.[vi]

Lowering
risk of colon cancer.
Cherries are found to reduce the formation of
carcinogenic compounds like heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs).

 

One study found that when added to
hamburger patties, cherries had anywhere between 69 and 78.5 percent less
HAAs after cooking, compared to patties that did not use the fruit.[vii]

 

 

The Best Way to Store
Fresh Cherries

For this recipe, it’s best to use fresh cherries. However,
you must take note of certain factors when storing them to prevent them from
going to waste. Ideally, they should be consumed within two days, if at room
temperature, for maximum flavor.

You can also store cherries in the fridge for a longer shelf
life. Do not wash them before storing to prevent speeding up their
deterioration. Instead, wash them before eating or using in recipes.

The Health Merits of
Raw Cacao Chocolate

The health
benefits of dark chocolate
are mainly attributed to cacao’s naturally
occurring compounds, like epicatechin, which has anti-inflammatory and
antioxidant properties, and resveratrol, known for its neuroprotective effects.
Numerous studies have confirmed that cacao can benefit your blood vessels,
heart, nervous system and brain, and that it can help combat diabetes and other
inflammation-related conditions.

However, remember there’s good chocolate, and there’s bad
chocolate — if you’re picturing the usual sweet candy bars sold everywhere,
then you’re thinking of the latter. For you to truly reap the benefits of
chocolate, you must make sure you’re getting one that has a high cacao content,
and is low in sugar.

Basically, the higher the cacao content, the darker the
chocolate. However, cacao is very bitter owing to the beneficial polyphenols it
contains. Hence, if you’re looking for chocolate to obtain its health benefits,
choose organic dark chocolate that has a raw cacao percentage of 70 or higher.

If You Suffer From
Insulin Resistance, Eat This Dessert in Moderation

These cherry bites are a wonderful alternative to the usual
processed, sugar-loaded concoctions you see in stores, but take note that they
still contain fructose — mainly because of the cherries, dates and honey used.
If you are struggling with obesity
or any condition related to insulin resistance, moderate your consumption of
this dessert to prevent wreaking havoc on your health.

About Pete Evans

Pete Evans is an
internationally renowned chef who has joined forces with Dr. Mercola to create
a healthy cookbook that’s loaded with delicious, unique Keto recipes, ideal for
people who want to switch to a ketogenic diet. The “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic
Cookbook” is the perfect tool to help get you started on your ketogenic
journey.
CLICK HERE to order your copy now.

Pete has had numerous noteworthy
contributions to the culinary world. He has not only cooked for the general
public, but he’s also cooked a royal banquet for the Prince and Princess
of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart, and even represented his
hometown at the gala G?Day USA dinner for 600 in New York City. Pete’s
career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances
including Lifestyle Channel’s “Home show,” “Postcards from Home,” “FISH,” “My
Kitchen Rules” and “Moveable Feast.”