Could the common bacteria known as H. Pylori be the cause of your stomach problems?
H. Pylori infection wrecks havoc on your stomach. I recently discovered this fact through a series of stomach issues . Figuring it was a simple case of the stomach flu, I dealt with it, and figured it would go away after running its course. My symptoms lasted for 7 days…then came back a two weeks later for another 5 days.
After the second go around, I knew this was no ordinary bout of gastroenteritis. My doctor suspected a H. Pylori infection had caused a peptic ulcer to form and inflame my duodenum (the opening right before the start of the upper intestines). This in turn, created a partial block which prevented the food I had eaten from digesting properly…major problems. These were my symptoms:
- extreme fatigue
- sulphur burps (this. was. the. worst.)
It seems that a majority of the population walks around with this spiral shaped bacteria in their gut. The bacteria is protected by a mucous layer that prevents the immune system from finding and eradicating it. Most people never experience problems, but a few will develop issues when these bacteria begin to release toxins into the lining of the stomach.A majority of the population walks around with this spiral shaped bacteria in their gut. Click To Tweet
You may have heard that ulcers are caused by stress, or certain types of food you eat. This has been proven to be untrue. Doctors now know that peptic ulcers are caused by the bacteria H. Pylori. In fact, because of the bacteria’s tendency to create autonomic dysfunction, many are starting to suspect a connection with the development of CFS, POTS, and Fibromyalgia.
Yes the rabbit hole goes ever deeper, and the plot thickens in the stage play known as: ‘What Is The Cause Of FMS/CFS and All Of Their Wonderful Auto-Immune Co-Horts?’. Thankfully, there are anti-biotic treatments for H. Pylori infection. For the moment, I am on an acid blocker to heal the ulcer, and subsequently reduce inflammation in my duodenum. If the symptoms come back, I will have to see a gastroenterologist for a stomach scope. Fingers crossed.Doctors now know that peptic ulcers are caused by the bacteria H. Pylori. Click To Tweet
While there may be no way to avoid the H. Pylori bacteria from inhabiting your stomach, there are ways to reduce the potential of infection. The best way to do this is to make a concerted effort to keep you gut as healthy as possible:
H. Pylori Infection Wrecks Havoc On Your Stomach ~ 5 Habits For A Healthier Gut
Take a quality probiotic everyday~ My doctor recommends Florastor. I find this reasonably priced at Costco. Bare in mind good probiotics are not that cheap, but they are worth it.
Eat a balanced ‘whole foods’ diet ~ This means cut down, or eliminate processed foods. ‘Whole foods’ are those that exist in as natural a state as possible. The longer the list of unpronounceable words a food has, the worse it is for you.
Eliminate all tobacco products ~ smoking and chewing increase the risk of developing digestive disorders like: heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and peptic ulcers.
Cut down alcohol consumption ~ alcohol is counter-productive to the health of your stomach lining.
Introduce fermented foods into your diet ~ yoghurt (not sugar filled ‘pudding’ yogurts, but ones like Mountain High), kefir, sauerkraut, and kim chi.
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