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Foods to Avoid With a Belly Button Hernia

by
author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Foods to Avoid With a Belly Button Hernia
Replace low-fiber white bread with whole-wheat bread. Photo Credit seregam/iStock/Getty Images

A belly button hernia, also known as an umbilical hernia, is a bulge of either intestines, fat or fluid that pushes through a weakened area of your stomach muscles. Some people may not even know it's there without their doctor pointing it out; for others, it causes pain and discomfort.

Minimizing constipation may help prevent problems, so you should fill your diet with foods high in fiber and avoid low-fiber foods.

Eat More Fiber

To prevent constipation with a belly button hernia, aim to eat 25 grams to 35 grams of fiber a day. Add fiber slowly to your diet to allow your digestive system time to adjust to the increase, and drink plenty of water, at least 8 cups a day. High-fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

Low-Fiber Food Swaps

Swapping out your low-fiber foods for high-fiber ones may help you get more fiber in your diet and keep you regular. For example, instead of white bread, which has about 1 gram of fiber per slice, eat whole-wheat bread, which has 2 grams per slice. Or even better, swap white rice, which has 1 gram of fiber per cup, for barley, which has 8 grams of fiber in a 1/2 cup, as your grain side dish. Whole-wheat pasta is a better option than white because of its higher fiber content. You can also boost your fiber intake by replacing some of your usual meat protein with beans.

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