Could Hidden H. Pylori Infection be Making You Sick?

Could Hidden H. Pylori Infection be Making You Sick?

Is it H. Pylori Infection?

by: Dr. Craig A. Maxwell

Do you have chronic stomach problems, sinus problems, and allergies? Is chronic fatigue weighing you down? Your health problems could be caused by a bacterial infection known as helicobacter pylori. You may know that H. Pylori bacterium is a common contributor to the development of acid reflux and stomach ulcers. You may not realize that H. Pylori may also cause some symptoms you may never have associated with it. In this article, I discuss the best foods and natural treatments for H. pylori.

What is Helicobacter Pylori?

H. Pylori infection is often contracted in childhood from direct person-to-person contact. This infection often runs in families and is often due to inherited immunodeficiency. H. Pylori infection can also be picked up from exposure to contaminated food or water.

Some individuals are carriers and have no symptoms.

5 Common Symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori

  1. Gastrointestinal Problems

One of the primary indicators of H. Pylori infection is chronic gastrointestinal upset. Gastrointestinal reflux disease, diarrhea, gas, flatulence, bloating, and leaky gut syndrome are all indicators of a possible H. Pylori infection.

  1. Weight Gain/Loss

An inability to lose weight or a sudden drop in weight could be another tell-tale indicator of an H. Pylori infection. By affecting levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, people can be affected differently depending on their metabolic makeup.

This could cause either an inability to lose weight or a sudden drop in weight due to lack of appetite and feelings of anxiety. Furthermore, H. Pylori infection interferes with the level of acidity in your gut, which affects your ability to digest fats and proteins. This could cause you to lose muscle mass, which is a dangerous way to lose weight.

  1. Mood Swings and PMS

H. Pylori infection can cause a boost in your cortisol levels, which can contribute to the hormonal fluctuations associated with mood swings and PMS.

  1. Oral Health Problems

Receding gums, gingivitis, chronic oral infections, bad breath, and even dental cavities can often be traced back to H. Pylori infection.

  1. Chronic Sinus Problems

Your sinuses are closely connected to the function of your gastrointestinal system. A chronically-blocked nose, frequent sinus infections, painful sinuses, and post-nasal drip may all be subtle indicators of a hidden H. Pylori infection.

How to Determine if Your Symptoms are Related to H. Pylori

If you’re living with any of the symptoms listed above, you’ve likely seen your doctor about them. He or she may have given you one or two prescription drugs to stop your symptoms but these drugs did nothing to address the underlying cause. They may have even contributed to the development of even more symptoms.

The best way to treat any type of chronic disorder is to get to the source of the problem. That’s why if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, I recommend using the Stool Antigen Test. It is a very good way of detecting the presence of H. Pylori infection.

This test can be taken in the privacy of your own home with results available within 7-10 business days.

Conventional H. Pylori Treatments Worsen Problem 

The most common conventional course of treatment for H. Pylori infection is a round or two (or three) of antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors. The antibiotics may eliminate the H. Pylori infection from your gut, but they’ll also destroy your healthy bacteria as well. This can leave you more vulnerable to the development of chronic candida (yeast) infection.

Proton pump inhibitors may temporarily stop the pain of acid reflux, but extended use may cause nutritional deficiencies.

Natural Treatments to Eradicate H. Pylori

Many patients with recurrent H. Pylori infection have come to me at the end of their rope. Antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors have only made the problem worse and they just don’t know what else to do.

In each case, I’ve recommended a two-fold process that has been met with great success:

Eliminate the H. Pylori Infection

I routinely suggest the following three supplements to eliminate the H. Pylori infection:

  • Vitamin C

Research has shown that high doses of vitamin C induce apoptosis (cell death) in H. Pylori cells. It has also been shown to provide an inhibitory effect on gastric cancer cells. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight infectious bacteria.

Regular supplementation of vitamin C rebuilds collagen, a protein that holds your tissues together.

  • Probiotics

Probiotics are the live, active cultures found in fermented foods. Supplementing with a high-quality probiotic supplement may inhibit H. Pylori growth by secreting antibacterial substances.

Many of these more-popular brands do not contain enough probiotic strains to make much difference in your digestive health. Diamond Nutritional’s Probiotic Formula contains six different active strains of bacteria to heal your gut and eliminate pathogenic bacteria.

  • Mastic Gum Extract

Mastic gum extract, even in small doses, is very effective at killing H. Pylori infection. This effective gastritis remedy comes from the Pistacia Lentiscu tree and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.

Diamond Nutritional’s Stomach Support Formula contains a synergistic blend of healing ingredients designed to eliminate H. Pylori the safe, natural way without the side effects associated with conventional treatments.

These ingredients include:

    • Mastic Gum Extract – Mastic gum has traditionally been used to protect the stomach lining, especially related to gastric ulcers.  Studies show mastic gum kills and inhibits the growth of H. pylori.
    • Bismuth Citrate – Bismuth has been used with antibiotic therapies to reduce H. Pylori growth. It has been widely used in anti-H. Pylori protocols for its soothing actions on the gastric and mucosal linings.
    • Zinc Carnosine – Zinc carnosine has been approved as a drug in Japan since 1994 for its use in stomach disorders such as ulcers, dyspepsia, and infections with H. pylori.   Studies also show zinc carnosine has a strong ability to support the gastric mucosa and initiate healing.
    • Berberine Sulfate Hydrate – Berberine sulfate has well-studied antibacterial properties. Studies show plant extracts containing berberine have strong anti-H. Pylori activity.

Make Dietary Changes

Once you’ve eliminated that H. Pylori infection from your system, it is important to support your continued digestive healing by making the necessary dietary changes. Slowly wean off of processed food and invest in whole foods such as organic vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, poultry, fish, and healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and butter. Eat smaller, more frequent meals and included a spoonful or two of fermented foods at each meal.

Here are some foods known specifically to help prevent recurrence of H. Pylori infection:

  • Broccoli – Broccoli contains a potent compound called sulforaphane, which eliminates the H. Pylori bacterium that contributes to the development of most ulcers.
  • Celery Seeds – According to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, researchers identified an anti-microbial compound in celery seeds, which blocks the growth of H. pylori.
  • Garlic – Raw, organic garlic releases a sulfur compound that helps eliminate an overgrowth of H. pylori.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil – Laboratory studies have confirmed the antimicrobial activity of virgin coconut oil.
  • Green Tea – Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can heal the intestinal damage caused by helicobacter pylori infection.

H. Pylori infection does not just cause stomach problems, it can also give you an overall feeling of fatigue and ill-health. Find out if the mystery symptoms you’re experiencing are related to helicobacter pylori and then eliminate it naturally.

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Resources:

http://gut.bmj.com/content/50/2/165.full.pdf
http://jn.nutrition.org/content/137/3/812S.full
http://ecite.utas.edu.au/56713

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I have been diagnosed with Helicobacter Pylori, the Dr prescriped anti-biotics, my question is that my body is aching, would that be the some of the cause of this bacteria.

    • Hello Joe,

      Thank you for contacting me.

      Antibiotics can cause body aches (myalgia), as can the die-off of bacteria (Herxheimer Reaction).
      A Herxheimer reaction will generally last about 2-3 days, as compared to myalgia from antibiotics
      which could last for the duration of the treatment.

      Be sure to let your doctor know about your symptoms.

      With my patients, I use Stomach Support Formula by Diamond Nutritionals for H. Pylori:

      http://www.diamondnutritionals.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=stomach

      One capsule twice a day for 4 weeks.

      I hope you find this information helpful.

      All The Best,

      Dr. Maxwell

  2. Excellent article, symptoms make a lot of sense now that I have been diagnosed. My parents both had the bacteria years ago when I was younger. I’m 32 now and my question is if my husband and kids should get tested for h pylori too. They don’t show any of my symptoms. Thank you!

    • Hello Fatima,

      Thank you for your question, as well as for the kind words.
      I believe your husband and children should be tested as well.
      Often, family members test positive. In my experience, H. pylori
      is easily treated naturally. Should any family members test positive,
      I would like to speak with you over the phone to give you a comprehensive,
      natural treatment plan.

      Please call my office at 513-741-4404 to set up a
      consultation. I look forward to working with you and your family
      to achieve everyone’s best health.

      Dr. Craig A. Maxwell

  3. Hello Dr Maxwell

    I have had problems all year following a chest infection and three lots of antibiotics, which left me feeling dreadful and with post-nasal drip. I have had pain coming and going which drs thought was fibromyalgia but according to rheumatologist isn’t! Lots of my symptoms were then put down to perimenopause as I am almost 49, but after 10 visits to drs, I met a private physician after having constant nausea, burping and sore stomach who suggested I might have helicobacter. I am always exhausted and feel so much worse in the mornings. My throat and ears are always “twangy” and my head feels like lead. Any advice you could offer would be very much appreciated. I am currently waiting for my H pylori results but am so worried I am have something even worse.

    Thanks so much for your time

    • Hello Ms. Mitchell,

      Thank you for contacting me. I am glad you are having the H.Pylori test.

      After several rounds of antibiotics, it is also quite possible that you have a chronic yeast
      infection. Here is an article you may find helpful:

      http://www.askdrmaxwell.com/2014/02/yeast-infections-all-the-time-treat-them-naturally/

      Using the test mentioned in the article it is easy to diagnose. Treatment with natural remedies and
      diet change is very successful.

      In my experience, both H. Pylori and Chronic Candida can be treated with natural products. If you have H.Pylori,
      I would recommend our gentle, natural products, as more antibiotics may make any yeast grow more.

      Please let me know how you do!

      Warmest Regards,
      Dr. Maxwell

  4. Hi Dr. Maxwell, my mom found out she had h.pylor and because I had the same symptoms as her I got tested and I was positive as well. I believe that my infant and two year old has it because they were sick for over 2 weeks straight after the flu, throwing up and constant diarrhea. Im also still breastfeeding so antibiotics is not recommended. My chiropractor recommended some type a silver to take thats natural. I forgot the exact name. Ive also heard that black seed gets rid of h.pylori. my childrens doctors think its very unlikely for them to have h.pylori but I still want them tested. Is it possible that they could have it and any recommendations for them as well. Thank you

    • Hello Candice,

      Thank you for contacting me. My breastfeeding patients have used Diamond Nutritionals Stomach
      Support Formula with good success. I have recommended it for seven years.
      Check with your doctor to see if it is OK for you to take while breastfeeding.

      I would have your children checked as well. It is not likely they have it. If they
      come back positive for H.Pylori, please let me know.

      Warmest Regards,

      Dr. Maxwell

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