The Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylon) bacterium passes through the mucous membrane of the esophagus and settles in the stomach, causing chronic inflammation. Its ability to settle in the stomach is a function of the capacity to successful breakdown Urea and create ammonia, which acts as an anti-acid in the stomach. The bacterium attaches itself to the epithelium cells in the abdominal lining with a sticky material. It has a unique structure and manages to survive in the acidic environment of the digestive tract while giving rise to infection.
H. Pylon is one of the most common bacteria in the world and can be found in about one-half of the population. In a majority of the cases, carriers do not experience any symptoms over the course of many years. However, when the bacterium becomes active, it causes damage and significantly affects the quality of life.
Generally, H. Pylon is transmitted, orally through contact with feces or through saliva. This happens on the whole before the age of 10. Lower socio-economic strata are particularly at risk as are those who live in areas where hygiene is poor.
- Abdominal pain
- Peptic ulcers
- Digestive problems
- Gas and bloating
- Foul breath
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Anemia and weakness
- Hair loss and broken fingernails
There are a number of procedures for diagnosing the bacterium:
- Breath test - A non-invasive and popular method that measures the quantity of CO2 produced by the bacteria.
- A measure of antibodies in the blood.
- Gastroscope - An invasive procedure that enables a sampling of the mucous for microscopic testing.
Two types of antibiotics combined with anti-acids - Omerprazole, Metronidazole, Clarithromycin or Amoxicilline
Due to the high frequency of the bacteria, the best treatment approach is one that is based on prevention in addition to elimination and reduction of symptoms.
Often, naturopathy is combined with antibiotic treatment because the latter does not effectively reduce accompanying symptoms and damage caused by the bacteria.
- Increased intake of basic food types: legumes, nuts, leafy green vegetables, orange vegetables and fruits (bananas, pears, and apples)
- Increased intake of high fiber nutritional foods: Unpeeled fruits and vegetables, legumes and oats
- A handful of broccoli sprouts with each meal
- 2 crushed garlic cloves a day (to be eaten no more than 30 minutes after crushing)
- A handful of fresh pumpkin seeds each day as a source of zinc
- Cabbage juice (containing glutamine) between meals for rehabilitation of the mucous membrane
- Fatty acids of the omega type found in sea fish, flax seeds and walnuts
- 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the morning on an empty stomach
Foods and substances to avoid
- Tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol that increase acidity in the digestive system
- Sugar, white flour and their derivatives, which weaken the immune system, increase acidity and infection
- Meat and fish, which also increase acidity and the risk of inflammation
- Milk products
- Citrus fruit
- Eggplant, tomatoes and sweet potatoes
- Spicy food
- Wheat, peanuts, corn
- Food coloring and preservatives
Food supplements and herbal remedies
- Probiotics in large quantities
- Vitamins A and C
- L Glutamine
- Concentrated grapefruit seeds
- Anti-inflammatory plants such as Berberis, Tabebuia, Hydrastis, Salvia fruticosa
- Allium Sativum (fights off H. Pylon)
- Mentha pip and Foeniculum (pain relievers and anti-acids)
- Fillipendula (acid reduction)
- Enchinacea (strengthens the immune system)