Do you know what Helicobacter Pylori is? H. Pylori is a bacterium living in our intestinal lining and one of the most dangerous germs that can infest our body. The CDC says that nearly 70% of Americans have it in their gut, which is concerning. H. Pylori can inflame the intestinal lining, causing problems such as stomachache, nausea and vomiting.
Symptoms Of H. Pylori Infection
If the infection becomes more severe, it can lead to diarrhea, anemia, dark stool, peptic ulcers, bad breath, loss of appetite, heartburn and fatigue.
If you go to the doctor with these symptoms and he detects an H. Pylori infection, they will no doubt recommend antibiotics and acid reducers such as omeprazole or esomeprazole, especially if the patient is suffering from ulcers and heartburn. However, due to the side-effects these drugs have, it’s far better to treat the problem naturally.
Here are 9 remedies that can help:
Adding probiotics in your diet is the easiest way of fighting H. Pylori. According to one study, 8-strain probiotic supplements can completely eliminate H. Pylori from your guts and restore your gut flora, preventing further infections.
According to a 2010 study, taking 2 gr. of black seeds every day along with omeprazole or other acid reducer works better than the standard “triple therapy” against H. Pylori infections.
A recent research has found that broccoli sprouts can defeat the H. Pylori infection in your gut in about a week.
Green tea has powerful antibacterial properties and in vitro studies have shown that it works great against Helicobacter Pylori as well. It’s best to drink it as a preventive measure, as the research showed that the beverage preventing mucosal inflammation prior to the inflammation.
Garlic is one of the oldest natural remedies against any kind of infection. It is a powerful antibacterial agent that can treat H. Pylori infections pretty effectively. Add it for a nicer flavor to your meals or eat raw garlic every day in order to prevent an H. Pylori infection and further complications.
Propolis contains more than 300 active compounds including steroids, phenolic aldehydes, coumarins and amino acids that can inhibit the growth of nearly any kind of bacteria including H. Pylori.
Herbs such as goldenseal, sage, Agrimonia eupatoria and filipendula have been know to help inhibit the growth of various bacteria and prevent infections.
Learn To Relax
Learning how to relax is another great and simple “remedy” for an H. Pylori infection. Stress can aggravate the symptoms of H. Pylori infections and weaken your immune system, increasing the risk of inflammation and ulcers. So, find a way to vent in order to relieve stress and prevent gut infections.
What To Eat During The Infection?
If you’re already suffering from an H. Pylori infection, you need to pay more attention to your diet. You should avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, low-fiber grains, pickled and spicy foods and increase your intake of honey, probiotic foods (kefir), omega-3s (salmon), cruciferous veggies, berries and chia and flax seeds.