Dr. Oz: How To Know If You Have A Hernia
Dr. Oz called down an Assistant of the Day to help him with a segment on how to know when you have a hernia. Caprice was the assistant and she said she’d seen hernias before and thought they looked weird. She also said sometimes she laughs really hard it feels like a hernia, but then it kind of goes away.
Dr. Oz: Hernia Risk Factors
Hernia risk factors include constipation, chronic cough, strong sneeze, weight gain, and pregnancy. Dr. Oz said even one of those things can cause a weakness in the intestinal wall to create a hernia. If you have more than one, the risk factors get more intense.
Dr. Oz: Hernia Warning Signs
Caprice and Dr. Oz stepped inside a giant belly for a demonstration and acted out what happens when people get a hernia. In the belly, there’s walls that have some give to them. Underneath the belly wall are the intestines. Over time, with sneezes and weight gain and lifting heavy things, the intestines can force themselves through the wall.
Hernia warning signs include a lump beneath the skin of the abdomen, constipation or blood in the stool, and discomfort in the abdomen when lifting or bending. When you lie down, you might get better, but it’ll stay tender.
Dr. Oz: Strangulated Intestines
Dr. Oz showed what real intestines look like. Caprice was amazed by how long the intestines were and joked that’s why women’s bellies can get so big, because there’s so much intestines in there. The healthy intestines were yellow-colored. Dr. Oz showed what an intestine looks like when it gets stuck in the hole in the wall of the belly. The intestine can become strangulated and turn blue. The example of the blue intestine was absolutely horrifying.
Dr. Oz: How To Prevent A Hernia
To prevent a hernia, you want to make sure to eat 25 grams of fiber to help your flow so you don’t have to strain. Dr. Oz also recommended something called a figure of eight squat. He squatted down with his legs far apart and handed an empty milk jug between his legs to his other hand, then repeated it. This exercise strengthens all the muscles around the belly to help prevent a hernia.