By now, you’re probably heard of H. Pylori, one of the most dangerous bacteria in our bodies. H. Pylori lives in the intestinal lining and according to statistics from the CDC, more than 66% of people have it. As we said, the bacterium is pretty dangerous, so recognizing the early symptoms of an H. Pylori infection is of vital importance.
The Symptoms Of H. Pylori Infection
Here are some of the symptoms you should pay attention to:
- Abdominal discomfort
In more serious cases, the following symptoms might occur:
- Dark or tarry stool
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting with blood in it
- Bad breath
- Peptic ulcers
- Loss of appetite
In general, doctors treat H. Pylori infections with antibiotics. However, due to antibiotic resistance, most of the drugs are ineffective. Luckily, there are many natural treatments that can help and we’re going to present the best.
Probiotics are the simplest way of fighting an H. Pylori infection. According to a 2012 study, an eight-strain probiotic supplement can completely eliminate the presence of H. Pylori and help restore the beneficial flora in your gut.
According to a study from 2010, 2 gr. of black seeds per day taken along with omeprazole works better that the standard so-called “triple therapy”, which is 1 acid blocker and 2 antibiotics.
Broccoli sprouts are an age-old remedy against bacterial infections in the gut and they work great against Helicobacter Pylori as well.
Green tea is a beverage with powerful antibacterial properties. In vitro studies have shown that drinking a few cups of green tea per day can defeat H. Pylori and prevent inflammation in the gastric mucosa.
Garlic is a great antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal remedy that can destroy any kind of germ it gets in contact with. A study from two years ago showed that adding a bit of garlic (3 gr. to be precise) in your meals can significantly reduce the risk of H. Pylori infection.
Propolis has over 300 natural compounds such as steroids, phenolic aldehydes, amino acids and sesquiterpene quinines which can defeat most bacteria in the gut including H. Pylori.
Extract of sage, filipendula, goldenseal and Agrimonia eupatoria have been known to help in the treatment of H. Pylori infections.
Stress can make your digestive symptoms and infections worse, so reducing it should help resolve the problem. Stress can aggravate the inflammation in your stomach lining and harm the immune system, so reducing it is key for the treatment and prevention of infections.
H. Pylori Diet
In order to prevent the infection from developing, you should add flaxseeds, salmon, kefir, broccoli, cabbage, broccoli sprouts, honey and berries in your diet. Make sure to stay away from pickled food, junk food, low-fiber grains, spicy food and sodas in order to prevent the bacterium from harming your health.