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Diet Plan for Hernia

Hernia is a condition in which the internal organ or tissues protrude abnormally through cavity in which it resides. The main causes of hernia are obesity, smoking, heavy weight lifting, overexertion and poor nutrition. One of the most common hernias is inguinal and femoral hernia. Hernias are usually not life threatening but they have to be treated as they cannot go away on its own. Hernia usually causes mild to severe pain but if blood supply is cut off then it may leads to some major complications. Balanced diet rich in complex carbs, plant based proteins and unsaturated fats are beneficial in hernia. Avoid foods which are difficult to digest.

Diet charts for Hernia Patients



Luke warm water /Herbal tea / Green tea


Broken wheat porridge (veg Dalia) / Veg oats / Veg Semolina (veg upma) / Veg poha (Rice flakes) / Vermicelli (Sewia)/ Chapatti with veg or Dal


Fruit / Coconut water / Herbal tea / Green tea / Salad/Fruit juice


Chapatti / Boiled Rice / Vegetable + Dal / Salad/Non – veg (once in week)


Sprouts / Green tea / Soup (Home-made) / Herbal tea / Salad /Roasted Grams


Chapatti / Boiled Rice / Vegetable + Dal



Cereals to be consumed

Wheat, Brown rice, Sorghum, Amaranth, Finger millet, Foxtail millet, Pearl millet, Buckwheat, Little millet

Flour Ratio - Wheat Atta (50%) + Soybean Atta (20%) + Ragi flour (30%)

Cereals to be avoided

Rye, Barley


Fruits to be consumed

Banana, Water melon, Muskmelon, Avocado, Peaches, Pear, Coconut, Pomegranate, Figs, Mango, Litchi, Custard apple, Sapodilla, Papaya

Fruits to be avoided

Orange, Apple, Mango, Strawberries, Lemon, Limes, Grapes, Blueberries


Vegetables to be consumed

Zucchini, Sweet potato, Pumpkin, Celery, Coriander, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Mushrooms, Spinach, Carrot, Peas, Fenugreek leaves, Yam, Bottle gourd, Bitter gourd, Brussels sprouts, Lettuce, Ginger, Chicory greens

Vegetables to be avoided

Tomatoes, Potatoes, Garlic, Onion, Green chilies, Red chilies


Pulses to be consumed

All pulse and legumes

Pulses to be avoided



Dairy Products to be consumed


Dairy Products to be avoided

Milk, Cheese, Buttermilk, Butter, Curd


Oils to be consumed

Cow ghee, Sunflower oil, Olive oil, Mustard oil

Oils to be avoided

Cream, Palm oil, Coconut oil


Spices to be consumed

Cumin, Coriander, Turmeric, Ginger, Pepper, Fennel, Cinnamon

Spices to be avoided

Mustard, Pimento, Nutmeg


Drinks to be consumed

Coconut water, Homemade soups, Green juice, Herbal tea

Drinks to be avoided

Whole milk drinks, Cream based liqueurs, canned soup and packaged soup, Alcohol, Sweetened drinks, Squashes, Carbonated drinks


Flesh Foods to be consumed

Egg white, Chicken (Once in a week)

Flesh Foods to be avoided

Processed and fried meat, Red meat- (Beef, Lamb, Pork), Fishes (Tilefish, Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Marlin, Bluefin Tuna).


Dry Fruits to be consumed

Almond, Raisins, Ground Nuts, Walnut, Peanuts, Pistachio, Cashew, Pumpkin Seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds.

Dry Fruits to be avoided



Other Foods to be consumed


Other Foods to be avoided

Bakery and Processed Foods, Fried Food, Junk Food, Pickles, Artificial Sweeteners, Packed Soups, Refined Sugar


  • Aloe Vera juice- Drink 20 ml aloe Vera juice in morning. It relives the symptoms of hernia due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Vegetable juice- It is very helpful to reduce the burning and various symptoms of hernia.
  • Ice packs- The abdominal pain is common symptom of hernia. Ice packs can be applied directly on affected areas. It will reduce the pain and inflammation.
  • Licorice decoction - Boil three cup of water and add 1 tsp of licorice root. Heat it for 2-3 minutes and drink it one time in a day.
  • Black pepper- Take 1 teaspoon of black pepper and mix it with jaggery. Make a paste and consume it two times in a day.


  • Follow regular and balance meal pattern.
  • Consume high fiber and adequate fluid diet.
  • Whole fruit should be preferred to fruit juices.
  • Skipping of meals should be avoided, especially the breakfast
  • Water intake should be increased at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.
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