Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a very common bacteria. In my work, I see signs and symptoms of it alot. It is estimated that 50% or more of the world’s population are infected with this bacteria and most people don’t know it. This means they are asymptomatic. This critter grows in the stomach and digestive tract
“Helico” means “spiral”. The bacteria is spiral-shaped and they drill into your stomach lining, and hide in the mucus where your immune cells cannot reach them. They can live in the harsh acidic environment of the stomach by producing an enzyme called urease to neutralize stomach acids in order to protect themselves, thus creating an issue of low stomach acid. This often results in many digestive issues including ulcers. When the HCl in the stomach is low, it reduces the Intrisic Factor causing a mal-absorption of Iron, B12 and the fat soluble vitamins. Also, in order to live, Plyori use up enzymes and nutrition in your body, and at the same time dumping their wastes and toxins into your system. They cause damage to your cells and mitochondria that result in chronic fatigue and inflammation.
As shared above, some people are asymptomatic when infect with H. pylori and may or may not have symptoms. But, if you have these symptoms, it may be best to test for this and other bacteria or parasites:
- Malnutrition that leads to deficiencies
- Cell injury and inflammation
- Frequent belching and flatulence
- Gas and bloating
- Abdominal pain IBS-Diarrhea
- Acid reflux Heart Burn
- Dark stools
- Stomach or peptic ulcers – Gastritis
- Bad breath
- Skin problems, such as acne rosacea
HOW DO YOU GET DIAGNOSED FOR H. PYLORI INFECTION?
There are three tests:
- Breath Test: It is an effective test with over 90% accuracy, because this organism emits urease that can be detected in the breath. The infected individual will be asked to swallow a capsule containing urea (nitrogen and carbon) that your body produce naturally. In the presence of H. pylori, the urea will break up into nitrogen and carbon as carbon dioxide.This test requires a 6-hour fast.
- Endoscopy: An endoscopy is performed to collect specimens from the stomach and duodenum. Diagnosis is then made by examining them under the microscope in a lab.
- Stool Test: A stool specimen is collected from the infected individual to detect the infection. This test is called the Helicobacter pylori Stool Antigen (HpSA) . I find this test often gives a negative positive.
A medical doctor will prescribe for two to six weeks (sometimes three types) If you also have acid reflux caused by the bacteria, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may also be prescribed Studies show that as many as 20% patients will have recurring infections .
I believe that Nature has provided everything you need to completely eradicate H. pylori naturally. Follow this two-step natural treatment that works without any adverse effects, and support with natural antibiotic foods. Yes, the natural way has worked. Each person might be slightly different..and require a different set of protocols, but it does work.
Here is what I usually recommend as an overall general protocol:
Step 1: Gastrointestinal Cleanse
Always start with a gastrointestinal cleanse to clean out the tract. We understand that H. pylori drill into your stomach and intestinal lining; they hide and are “protected” by mucus so that your immune cells cannot get at them. A gastrointestinal cleanse by way of drinking high fiber works like a broom to clean out the intestinal tract and expose these bacteria. Always include Restistant Starches (RS) and Probiotics to strengthen the digestive.
Step 2: Parasite Cleanse
A parasite cleanse will completely kill all parasites, bacteria, yeasts and fungus. However, everyone is different.
In addition when someone is H. pylori positive there is a high likelihood that there are other harmful microbes and a possibility of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Doing a gut cleanse exposes these bad guys. Once the bacteria are exposed, the antibacterials that you ingest will be able to make contact with the bacteria to completely strip them off your intestinal wall lining. I always recommend herbs in very low and safe dosages to gradually kill the harmful microbes and sometimes it takes time. Taking more does not mean better! Killing too much of the bacteria may cause a Herxheimer (die-off) reaction where the huge amount of microbes that die will produce more toxins than your liver can handle. This is one mistake many people make. Therefore, it is important to take the dosage as suggested and have patience.
While doing a gastrointestinal and parasite cleanse, you may add any of these foods for good measure. Not only do they help get rid of H. pylori, they also kill other harmful microbes such as parasites, yeasts and fungi, and contribute to healing of the gastric naturally, without any side effects.
Broccoli Sprouts Kill H. Pylori Bacterial Infection
A study published in the April 2009 edition of the journal Cancer Prevention Research found that daily consumption of broccoli sprouts inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori and reduces the risk of gastritis in individuals infected with the bacteria. The study discovered that sulforaphane is a potent, natural antibiotic that effectively eradicate H. pylori. Baby broccoli, or broccoli sprouts, are preferred due to their much higher concentration of sulforaphane than mature heads of broccoli. The precursor of sulforaphane—glucoraphanin—is present in many raw (uncooked) cruciferous plants. It is hydrolyzed by an enzyme that is present in the human gut. The process begins as soon as the vegetable is chewed or processed (in this case, juiced or blended), making sulforaphane easily available as it travels through the gastrointestinal system.
Dose:: 2.5 ounces (70 grams) a day for two months. Either just eat the sprouts or put that much broccoli sprouts in a blender and pour some very warm water and soak for about 10 minutes. This will increase the bioavailability of sulforaphane to get the most out of them. Blend it into a smoothie and drink. You may add a little sea salt for taste, if desired.
If you are following the above 2-step protocol, it will suffice to eat/drink this broccoli sprout smoothie for 7-14 days from the start of the parasite cleanse.
If you cannot get baby broccoli, try this green cabbage juice that has a high content of sulforaphane. Cabbage juice has been reported to be beneficial for curing peptic ulcer and acid reflux.
Pineapple and Turmeric
Here is a great gut shot that will help reduce inflammation and calm the digestive as well as innoculate with good guy bacteria
I have personally recommended this juice to my clients who have ulcers and acid reflux. Every one of them who drank the juice for up to 14 days had found the juice to provide tremendous relief and ultimately healed from gastrointestinal issues.
Six important Additions for the Cleanse
I have made one from my garden (HERE)
Brussels sprouts is another cruciferous vegetable that has been reported to be just as effective in eradicating H. pylori infestation. Sprouts always contain nutrients at their peak as they are growing. Just as broccoli sprouts, there is a high chance that this cute vegetable that looks like baby cabbage, is effective for fighting the bacteria. Add it in your diet and juice routine.
Garlic is a well-known anti-microbial and has been reported to be effective for at least 13 known infections, including H. pylori.
Coconut oil is one of the best sources of lauric and caprylic acid. Studies show that when these acids come into contact with yeast and parasites, they are able to break down the microbes’ cell membranes, preventing the harmful microbes from growing and multiplying.
Manuka honey has 13 living lactic acids that are unique properties that have been reported to eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including certain antibiotic-resistant varieties. It has superior antiseptic qualities that are far superior to other types of honey when it comes to killing of bacteria.
Cranberry and blueberry juices have long been used for stopping urinary tract infections. Studies show that they are uniquely able to strip bacteria off the bladder wall. It seems promising that these juices are able to prevent the H. pylori bacteria from getting a foothold even in the gut wall lining.
Kefir is a probiotic-rich drink that should be included in your diet, if you are fighting a bacterial infection. It contains many strains of probiotics that are superior to yogurt’s. It is also a prebiotic, thus helps to repopulate your gut flora to help strengthen your immune system to fight against an infection. Kefir is suitable to be consumed even by individuals who are lactose-intolerant.
Colloidal silver—although it is technically not a food, colloidal silver is one of the best things that kill bacteria and parasites upon contact. It can be taken sublingually for it to work most effectively. Put two droppersful of colloidal silver under the tongue and hold for about 30 seconds, then swallow. Do this two or three times a day alongside the parasite cleanse protocol. Sometimes I add this into the parasite protocol.
There are many more natural foods that are beneficial antibiotics that can be added to your diet, when fighting a bacterial infection. More importantly, avoid foods that feed the harmful bacteria, such as processed foods, sugar, harmful fats, caffeine, alcohol and low-fiber foods.
People with stress, anxieties, lack of sleep and staying up late nights are showing lower immunity to fight against bacterial infections. If you are one of them, learn to manage your stress, eat right and try this sleep remedy to improve your immune system. If you have been infected by this spiral digging bad guy for a long time, it might take some patience. But, at the other end, it feels great!
I create natural protocols for clients if you want some assistance!