What is H Pylori?


Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria infection found in the stomach. H. pylori causes more than 80% of duodenal ulcers and up to 50% of gastric ulcers. (1) About 50% of the world’s population is infected with H pylori. H pylori can be diagnosed through several tests including endoscopic biopsies, blood tests, stool tests, and urea breath tests. (2)

The CDC recommends that people with gastric or duodenal ulcers be tested for H. pylori, and if found to be infected, they should be treated with antibiotics. The CDC also notes that there has been no conclusive evidence that antibiotic treatment of H. pylori infection in patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia is warranted. The ulcers that H. pylori can lead to significantly increase the risk of gastric cancers. (3)

What are the most common symptoms?

The most common symptoms associated with H Pylori are abdominal pain that may be more pronounced on an empty stomach, aches or burning in the abdomen, nausea, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, frequent burping, and bloating. (4)


Risk factors and susceptibility

Let’s reduce stress and implement self-care measures!

Several studies show that long-term stress, anxiety, and depression contribute to the increased risk of acquiring H pylori and to the development of mucosal changes leading to ulcers. (5)

Diet matters!

Inflammatory foods, low antioxidant intake, and nutritional deficiencies (especially B12) all increase susceptibility to H pylori! (6) (7)

Kissing, eating, and drinking oh my!

The greatest risk factor in acquiring H pylori is contracting it from someone you live with, who has it and may or may not know they even have it. H pylori infection is easily passed through kissing and sharing the same cup or fork. If anyone in your house has similar symptoms, encourage them to consider an H pylori test. While on your protocol, refrain from sharing food and drink with others. (8)

Conventional treatment

Commonly prescribed medical treatment of H pylori is a combination of 1 to 3 different antibiotics combined with antacids and H2 blockers like Zantac, and proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole. (9) People often report a faster recovery, greater ease in symptoms, and better outcomes overall when they also include dietary changes to aid in the inhibition of H pylori and in the repair of gastric damage and irritation.

For those who are positive for the H pylori bacteria but do not have the presence of ulcers or gastritis, dietary measures give actionable solutions to inhibiting the infection, preventing its advancement, and supporting and protecting the mucosal lining of the stomach.

 The most important foods to avoid with H Pylori

  • Alcohol
    Alcohol can slow the healing of ulcers. Alcohol is generally inflammatory and can erode the stomach lining. (10) It can also be contraindicated for many of the medications used in the treatment of H pylori.
  • Coffee
    Many of the compounds in coffee like caffeine, and the various acids found in coffee beans can irritate the stomach lining. Additionally, the acidic effect that coffee has on the stomach may contribute to providing the weakened stomach lining necessary for H. pylori to infect in the first place! (11)
  • Salt
    High dietary salt intake is also a risk factor for gastric cancer and exacerbates the effects of a present H pylori infection on the mucosal lining, increasing risks of cellular inflammation and mutations.
  • Soda
    The caffeine, sugar, carbonation, acidity, and artificial ingredients in soda can exacerbate the bloating and stomach discomfort associated with H pylori.
  • Processed packaged food products and meats
    Processed foods especially high in sugar and trans fats, as well as processed meats, can increase GI inflammation and the symptoms associated with H pylori infection.

The most important foods to eat with H Pylori

Your “food prescription” list

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food


Aloe Vera

A study concluded that aloe vera can heal the damaging effects of H pylori faster than some prescription medications! (12)

Aloe Vera Tonic
Mix 1 tbsp to 4 oz of aloe gel in cold water. 


Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts contain a compound called Sulforaphane, which is known for its antioxidant and anti-cancer actions. Broccoli sprouts are also a very potent and selective antibiotic against H. pylori! One research study found that 78% of subjects with H pylori who consumed broccoli sprouts twice per day for a week, tested negative for H. pylori at the end of the seven days! (13) (14)

How to eat these little magic sprouts?
Add broccoli sprouts onto a salad, in a sandwich, burrito, or garnish on top of avocado toast, soup, or any final dish.

Broccoli Sprout Tonic:
Add it to smoothies or blend 1/2 cup of broccoli sprouts, with 1/2 lemon, 1/2 cup of filtered water, and/or ice for a potent healing tonic!
Drink broccoli sprouts raw or juiced/smoothie, an average of 1/4 to 1/2 pack daily for 2 weeks (15)

If you can’t get fresh broccoli sprouts, I highly recommend this living Broccoli and Kale Sprout mix


h pylori infection remedy- CabbageCabbage

All cruciferous vegetables, and in particular cabbage, has been shown to inhibit the growth of H pylori. Cabbage juice and fresh sauerkraut have long been used in healing ulcers and h pylori-induced gastritis. (17)

How to eat this crunchy cruciferous?
Add chopped raw cabbage to salads, tacos, sandwiches, and bowls. Sauté cabbage, or top any dish with sauerkraut. 

A Cabbage Tonic:
For the ultimate food as medicine therapeutic tonic to bid H pylori farewell, make cabbage juice daily or at least several times a week.
You can add 1/2 to 1 whole head of cabbage, 1 apple, 1 lemon, and 1 inch of either fresh ginger or turmeric.

Another Cabbage Tonic:
This cabbage tonic can be made simply using just 1 whole head of cabbage, distilled water, and an optional pinch of sea salt.
For this tonic, you will wash the cabbage well and cut it into manageable pieces.
Include the core. Place into a blender and fill with distilled water. Blend until smooth, strain, and refrigerate.
Drink 1 Cup in the Morning upon waking up and another cup at night before going to bed. Repeat.


h pylori infection remedy: Olive OilExtra Virgin Olive oil

is a Helicobacter pylori-specific natural antibacterial because of its contents of certain phenolic compounds. (18) Additionally, it provides an overall reduction in inflammation, protection against ulcer formation, and reduced risk of gastritis.

How to incorporate this healing oil?
Make sure it is extra virgin and to keep it uncooked for the full benefits! I like this Olive Oil. 

Add liberal amounts to salads, drizzle onto soups, and on top of final dishes.
Consider taking a tablespoon a day of olive oil for a couple of weeks, for even more therapeutic power! 


Green TeaGreen Tea

Antioxidant and antibacterial compounds found in green tea have been shown to inhibit the growth of H Pylori. Green tea is not only useful in aiding the inhibition of the bacteria but in the prevention of its occurrence or recurrence. (19)

How to incorporate this tonic:
Just enjoy it hot or cold. You can also add matcha green tea powder to smoothies and chia puddings.  


HoneyHoney

The antibacterial effect of honey has been used traditionally by nutritionists and herbalists to reduce levels of H pylori. Studies point to the antibacterial properties against H pylori of many strains of honey and especially manuka honey. (20)  

How to incorporate this golden remedy:
• Add honey to tea, drizzle over fruit. • Make fresh teas of manuka honey with fresh ginger or turmeric. • Mix honey into coconut manna and add a pinch of cinnamon for a spread over apples, toast, or eat with a spoon. • Mix 1 tsp to 2 cups of boiling water, let it cool down to tea temperature, and drink. • Add 1 tbsp of manuka honey, to ginger tea, green tea, oolong tea, or marshmallow root tea.


StrawberriesStrawberries

Compounds in strawberries inhibit the growth of H. pylori Among other compounds, the ellagic acid in strawberries deactivates carcinogens that lead to esophageal and stomach cancers. Nutritionists often recommend strawberries and/or strawberry powder to aid in the repair of inflammation of the esophagus. One study showed that patients with precancerous lesions walked away without a trace of the disease, after eating strawberries every day for 6 months! Food as medicine indeed! (21)

How to add more of the easiest medicine for the gut you will ever take?
Eat them on their own, blend them into smoothies, and add them to salads and hot cereals. Can also add the freeze-dried strawberry powder to water, tea, and smoothies for additional therapeutic value.  Here’s my favorite freeze dried strawberries!  


CranberriesCranberries

Cranberries and cranberry juice have been shown to inhibit the growth of H. pylori. In the same way, it inhibits the bacteria that cause UTIs, its anti-adhesion activity against H. pylori makes it particularly valuable! (22)

How to add this magic red bullet?
Add frozen cranberries or cranberry powder to smoothies, juice fresh cranberries, with some fresh apples, and add ice! • Buy unsweetened cranberry juice, dilute it with water, and take it once to twice a day as a tonic. Yes, it will be tart, but oh-so healing.  Click here for pure cranberry juice.


Mastic GumMastic Gum

Mastic is a resin from the stem and the main leaves of a small evergreen shrub called Pistacia lentiscus. Clinically, mastic gum has antibacterial activity against H. pylori and is a very effective treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers.

You can buy mastic gum as a supplement, this simple supplement can get to work immediately at inhibiting H pylori and removing all the related reflux symptoms!

How to incorporate this ancient resin?
Mastic gum is used as a food ingredient in some traditional Mediterranean dishes, especially desserts in some parts of the world, such as Turkey and Greece. This resin is the main ingredient in chewing gum.

You can buy mastic gum as a supplement, this simple supplement can get to work immediately at inhibiting H pylori and removing all the related reflux symptoms!  I also recommend the supplement form, which can be found at health food stores, and through natural product e-tailers. (23) You can also make this refreshing fresca recipe incorporating chia and sage with mastic! (24)

Sage and Mastic Chia Fresca

Ingredients

    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 3 tablespoons dried sage
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground mastic (4-5 medium-sized “teardrops”)
    • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
    • 1 teaspoon of honey
    • 5 cups cold water
    • 1 paper coffee filter or a small piece of cheesecloth and some thread

Instructions

    1. Ground mastic with a mortar or another heavy object and put it in the middle of a cheese cloth or coffee filter, wrap it, and secure it with thread.
    2. Boil a cup of water and add sage, mastic, and sweetener. Let them steep for 10 minutes and massage mastic-pouch to release as much flavor as possible.
    3. Strain into a large jar and add 5 cups cold water and chia seeds. Stir well to combine and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve with lemon slices, shake or stir and drink!

If you are having symptoms of leaky gut, like burning, indigestion, gas, or bloating, you may also want to consider taking this leaky gut repair formula. This formula has been a game changer for so many of my clients.  

Prioritizing a balanced diet rich in foods that support H. pylori management, coupled with targeted supplements, can play a crucial role in maintaining gastrointestinal health. Incorporating the key food and supplements we reviewed here can contribute to a well-rounded approach in supporting your body’s natural defenses. However, it’s essential to consult with your own healthcare professional before making significant dietary changes or introducing new supplements. Individual responses may vary, and professional guidance ensures a personalized strategy tailored to your specific health needs. Remember, this information is for educational purposes only and should not substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

References

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/files/hpfacts.pdf
  2. https://www.rxlist.com/helicobacter_pylori/article.htm
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/files/hpfacts.pdf  
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/h-pylori/symptoms-causes/syc-20356171 
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723983/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20102319
  7. http://www.turkjgastroenterol.org/sayilar/197/buyuk/13621.pdf
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5047973/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5027306/
  10. https://www.rxlist.com/helicobacter_pylori/article.htm#helicobacter_pylori_h_pylori_infection_definition_and_facts
  11. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317027.php
  12. https://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/files/hpfacts.pdf
  13. https://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/fulltext/2006/01250/Broccoli_Sprout_Consumption_Reduces_H__Pylori.14.aspx
  14. https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=uh3180
  15. https://www.alcohol.org/comorbid/gastritis/
  16. https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article-abstract/34/6/167/1823696?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465045/
  18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1643665/pdf/califmed00295-0012.pdf
  19. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22759331
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2694061/
  21. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3074916/
  22. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22135048
  23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465045/
  24. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199812243392618
  25. https://www.thehungrybites.com/powerful-sage-and-mastic-chia-fresca/

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