Helicobacter pylori is a type of bacterium that tends to overgrow when our stomach acidity is low. Overgrowth of H. pylori also tends to cause a reduction in stomach acidity, thereby allowing H. pylori to proliferate. This nasty infiltration increases the likelihood of colonization of the stomach and small intestine by other unwelcome organisms as well. The end result is heartburn, gastritis, duodenal ulcer or gastric ulcer. H. pylori infections can also lead to some forms of arthritis (calcification, spurs), iron deficiency anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency. H. pylori is even associated with heart disease, gum disease, rosacea, asthma and chronic headaches or migraines. Natural treatment options for H. pylori overgrowth:
- Mastica gum is a wonderful natural agent to restore healthy bacterial balance and heal the digestive tract.
- Berberine is a natural antibiotic, good for treating travellerâ€™s diarrhea as well as H. pylori. Look for a high quality supplement.
- Oregano oil is helpful in either a capsule or drop form.
- Hydrochloric acid supplements should be taken with each meal to suppress the growth of H. pylori.
- Digestive enzymes (including pancreatic enzymes, plant-based enzymes, papaya, bromelain or pepsin) should be taken with each meal to aid nutrient absorption.
- Test your B12 levels. Optimal values are greater than 600 in the blood. Treatment should continue for eight weeks. Tests for H. pylori levels should be completed both before and after treatment. You may require additional treatment with antibiotics if your levels still do not return to normal. Be sure to follow all antibiotics with a high potency probiotic supplement.
Response by Natasha Turner ND