Kill H Pylori and heal your gut!

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I am not a doctor and cannot prescribe medication or give medical advice. See a Naturopath for guidance on the following information on H Pylori:

I think many people are infected with H Pylori bacteria in their stomachs. Do you have acid reflux issues? Do you have IBS? Have you formed more and more sensitivities to food?  Here are 3 different gut issues you may could get tested for:

1. Candidiasis (overgrowth of candida fungus)

2. Leaky gut (leaks in cell walls of GI)

3. H Pylori bacteria

Most people who are infected with H Pylori bacteria do not experience symptoms or problems caused by the infection. Which is why many people do not know that they are infected. A number of H Pylori bacteria may just live silently in the lining of the stomach and duodenum for years. Over time, the overgrowth of bacteria can cause:

acid reflux

ulcers

IBS- chronic digestive problems  (Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS is the term the medical world uses when they don’t know why you have constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, spasm, even eczema and itchy skin, and they don’t have training in GI issues and misdiagnose).

Here is my story:

I was told Blood Type O has naturally high levels of stomach acid. I have struggled with mild GERD for years. I occasionally used acid-blockers (like prilosec, zantac, tums) to more or less manage it. When I drink my favorite Earl Grey tea in the afternoon, I used to pop a few Tums to alleviate the little burn that follows. Day after day, I just sort of managed these low grade acid issues.

About 5 years ago, I seemed to have formed a tiny ulcer. I was tested for H Pylori, the primary culprit to forming ulcers. I tested positive, was put on 2 antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor (acid blocker). About 2 weeks later, I felt better. I was told over and over that I had a high acid stomach. So, I started on a daily Zantac before breakfast and my tums during the day. I added Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning.

Initially I felt better from the medicines. But within 3 months, my digestion, my sensitivities to foods, and my acidity just kept getting worse. I thought about my diet. I had been gluten free and dairy free for 10 years. Nutrition is a hobby of mine, so I’d do a little research and then change up my diet, and take some supplements and carry on. Nothing really effected the acid or digestion issues very effectively. Image

Then I did a little more research. Here was an insight that began to turn things around: low stomach acid and high stomach acid have the same symptoms (burning, indigestion, GERD).  A low acid stomach is the exact environment that H Pylori overgrows in. I’d been taking acid blockers for years, having believed that I had high acid, when in fact, my stomach has probably not had enough acid to digest my food. I had been taking acid blockers, and growing the H Pylori bacteria all this time.

How did I finally get rid of H Pylori? Naturally. First, I stopped taking acid blockers. Then, I did some research and began this regime:

1.Matula tea. Matula is a packaged tea you can buy online, for $160. I’m a cheap Scot and so made my own using: Olive leaf, dandelion, echinacea, artichoke leaf, clover, eucalyptus, and garlic. We have a great herbal store in my town and I was able to get lots of help putting this tea together.

2. Bought and started taking Bio HPF. I am a big fan of Natural Medicine and took doctor Dr. Mercola’s suggestions to take Bio HPF and Olive oil for H Pylori.

3. Fermented cabbage juice, or Gastrazyme. Both are amazing healers of the acidic and ulceric issues.

4. Mastic Gum inhibits and kills H Pylori bacteria. Whatever supplements you choose to use, if I can make one recommendation, it would be to take Mastic Gum. On empty stomach in the morning, and then 500 mg before bed. Mastic Gum is great for healing ulcers.

5. Good quality probiotics, like VSL or Prescript Assist.

Here are small things I did every day to keep my stomach PH level more able to heal from H Pylori:

1 tsp baking powder in water

1 TB Apple cider vinegar in warm water, sipping through the day

fresh lemon juice squeezed on vegetables

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Here are several other pieces I’ve picked up over time from blogs that also seem to help people heal the stomach tissue (ulcers) that gets damaged from H Pylori:

Try zinc carnosine (a compound of the two) to heal the gut lining

glutamine powder in water twice a day to  heal the gut lining

chewable tablets of DGL (a form of licorice) 15 minutes before meals.

Try 200 to 400 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate twice a day

Slippery Elm for soothing 1 tsp in warm water.

I wish you well on your journey to heal this bacteria naturally, and hope this information can help you on your way.

Here is a link to a fantastic writer and healer of H Pylori,Sylvia Mckracken http://www.hollywoodhomestead.com

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51 thoughts on “Kill H Pylori and heal your gut!

  1. I AM GOING TO TRY SOME OF YOUR SUPPLEMENTS. I HOPE THIS WILL HELP RELIEVE SOME OF MY SYMPTOMS, WHICH I HAVE HAD FOR A VERY LONG AND UPSETTING TIME. DO NOT SEEM TO BE GETTING ANY JOY FROM MY OWN G.P. MANY THANKS.

    1. Hi Annette, I’m not sure what your symptoms are, but shifting your diet away from basic trigger foods (gluten, dairy, corn, soy) and supplementing to either kill off HPylori or killing off BAD bacteria will help you feel a lot better right away. Probiotics and enzymes are KEY. Here is Dr. Alison Siebecker’s website on SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), if H Pylori is not your problem, but SIBO is. Her protocol will help with either! All the best to you. http://www.siboinfo.com/dr-siebeckers-bio.html

  2. Laurin, great article. I have pretty much the same symptoms as you and likewise, Chris Kresser was instrumental in my gaining a better understanding of my Gerd/SIBO. The only thing perhaps I would add is that leaky gut/gut dysbiosis is not just a funtion of H.Pylori, that would be oversimplifying it greatly. The fact that this regimen seems to have worked for you means that perhaps in your case it was the H.Pylori, but for a lot of other people with these symptoms it will not be the H.Pylori, it will be SIBO, which from I have gathered, means your regimen with the addition of biofilm busters and other antibacterials ( the biofilm busters have been something of a breakthrough in the understanding of bacterial overgrowth and why those growths have been so stubborn.) I would also recommend that people research the possibility of adding resistant startch to their diet, as this increase the level of buytrate in the intestines, which can be lowered (we don’t want that!) by low carb diets. Here is Dr Julian Marchegiani explaining it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wmcRYyrvsk

  3. I meant to specify that I tested positive for small intestine bacteria thought to be H pylori. In my personal case, enzymes made the burning worse and grains made my eyes swollen, which is why I’m so relieved to read your insight about avoiding food triggers such as grains. Curious to know your thoughts on being raw vegan or cooked vegan. I find that cooked food is soothing on the stomach but in the morning I’m very tired, versus raw, isn’t as easy to digest but I wake up feeling so clear and energetic. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Cynthia, I hope you’re in the care of a smart Natural Doc (ND) who can officially support you and your return to health. That said, here are my recent insights on a healing process you would probably benefit from. It sounds like your body suffers from an overall acidic condition, which creates tons of reactivity to various foods like meat, dairy, sugar, gluten –even your enzymes! Focus on regaining an alkaline system that will be supercharged to fight toxicity including all bad gut bacterias, all inflammatory conditions (mucus, brain fog, aching joints, headaches), and disease. If your digestion has been comprised, you can’t eat all raw, your poor bod just won’t handle the load. But eat as many alkaline foods as possible (google a list, its easy to find), such as:
      Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach
      Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
      Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
      Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt
      Bring in as much raw as you can, but don’t worry if you need to cook stuff for now. Make warm soups, heat up apple sauce, I do eat eggs every few days, and grilled fresh fish if you want some bigger proteins. fyi, I cannot drink smoothies–too dense and cold for my body to digest. Several other quick tips: get to an herbal store and start taking tinctures for you adrenals and your lymph~major sources for energizing and sanitizing your blood and your lymph. Gotta detox. Don’t be rigid about diet and little bits of this or that. Take a 30 minute brisk walk 5 days a week. Brush your skin for 3 minutes/day with a loofah and bathe every few days in sea salts and mustard. You will feel clearer, with more energy in a few short days~our bodies are healing machines and all you have to do is get the junk out via elimination and lymph, and get the good stuff–alkaline foods and herbs–IN. All the best to you!

  4. Thank you so much for posting this. One question i’d like to ask, did you eliminate salt from your diet? (food does not taste very good without it)

  5. I’m confused- I’m taking tons of betaine HCL since HP showed up… I need it to break down my meals so what do I do? I have to eat some.

    1. As far as I’ve researched, HPYLORI seems to overgrow in a low acid environment, where antacids can cause overgrowth. HCL supplants when eating protein would be ok. While HPylori CAN survive in acidic environs, it’s the LOW acid that allows it to overgrow. Make sense?

  6. Thank you for the like on my marriage post. Slipped over to check you out and found something useful, since I suffer from ulcerative colitis. Not quite the same as what you’re mentioning here, but I did find some useful information I’ll be following up on. Thanks!!

    1. That’s so great to hear! I think UC and IBS are cousins…in a mean way! 😉 I need to post some recent insights to healing gut lining…after a couple of interviews I went after. Check back! 🌿🔺

  7. I just want to say thank you for giving me hope, I was diagnosed with GERD 6 years ago, it has been a daily non stop problem for me, I took all the usual anti acids to find no relief, so I started taking DGL it was working good til a couple months ago when I started having horrible cramps every time I had to go potty, with irregular porous feces…. I knowTMI I was desperate because I thought that I had to deal yet with another debilitating condition, like GERD wasn’t enough. Now I know that h pilory could be the reason for this whole mess. I’m going to my doctor to get tested. Wish me luck! First time in my life I’m wishing to be overpopulated with a bug!
    If you don’t mind sharing, how are you doing now, after all the pilory drama?

    1. So glad the info feels helpful to you! Hey, you may have IBS, kinda sounds like it. Try going to this website and trying this plan–h pylori may be small part of IBS, but there’s a bigger project of healing the intestinal gut to avoid chronic IBS symptoms. Like diahrrea, cramping, fatigue, food sensitivities, etc.
      Dr hyman.com
      His first page maps out IBS–h pylori is small feature. All the best to you–keep healing! 🌿

  8. So many of us seem to suffer these problems, i too went through alot of what you have mentioned, i ve found a daily intake of yougurt (plain or diluted with water, cumin, ginger, mint, and salt a drink we call chaas in india), keeps my tummy happy.
    Thank for sharing your information!

  9. Hi, I have a question, I have H pylori and SIBO at once……I know that h pylori is treated with antibiotics and anti acid meds while SIBO is treated with atibiotics and anti acids makes sibo worse….So how to deal with it….I have heart burn after almost each meal, stomach aches, nausea, blenching, and malabsorbtion of many vitamins and minerals….I’m really confused if my symptoms are most because of h pylori or SIBO…Is it possible to treat both of them if no what should I do first?? Thaks fot answer.

    1. Of course you should see a Naturopath who specializes in Gut Health! But if I were you, and so symptomatic here’s what I’d do for 72 hours: avoid dairy/gluten/sugar; eat only vegetable soup, gluten free crackers and coconut oil; drink ginger tea and peppermint tea rotating many many cups; head to the nearest health food store and get: 1. a Candida elimination program, 2. monolaurin (2in am 2 in pm), 3. Mastic gum 4. Suppositories/enema if you’re constipated (need to eliminate at least 1-2x daily)~
      Walk briskly 25 minutes daily; hot bath with mineral salts each night. This whole regime aids the body’s own healing, cleansing, clearing. Take a good probiotic each morning, and an enzyme with meals. Vitacost.com has all of these very affordably. Wishing you well well well🌿🍵

  10. Thanks for the info. I had H Pylori for 3 years now and just want to get better. I’ve been on 2 different acid reflux meds and they dont do anything for me but makes the situation worse. Is there a book that you would recommend for me to get a better understanding of acid reflux and low stomach acid with H Pylori? Can you take the VS1 probiotic if you have H pylori and chronic gastric pain and acid reflux? What’s a good enzymes would you recommend?

  11. Thanks for the info. I had H Pylori for 3 years now and just want to get better. I’ve been on 2 different acid reflux meds and they dont do anything for me but makes the situation worse. Is there a book that you would recommend for me to get a better understanding of acid reflux and low stomach acid with H Pylori? Can you take the VS1 probiotic if you have H pylori and chronic gastric pain and acid reflux? What’s a good enzymes would you recommend

    1. You should schedule a session with a Naturopathic doctor. Or, get on one of these 2 websites and scour them for all the good info to self-help your GERD. Dr. Mark Hyman’s website is awesome on your issues. So is D.r Chris Kessler. Remember you can get high quality supplements on Vitacost, with free shipping. All the best to you!

  12. I have tested positive for H pylori and SWEAR by mastic gum. I use the raw form and make my own capsules(500 mg morning and before bed)
    half tbsp apple cider vinegar diluted in water with
    1/4 baking soda for gas/bloating..
    3x 1000mg l-glutamine,
    olive oil shots 2x daily (or on food),
    vit. C 1000 mg 2x daily and
    DGL 20 mins before eating.
    Also, since your liver is busting its !@# detoxing its good to take
    milk thistle too. Talk to your dr before starting ANY regimen, natural or not, especially if you take prescription meds. One week in my bloating and abdominal pain have been annihilated using this regimen. Hope I was of some help! You basically want to bombard your non acidic stomach WITH acidic healers like citrus juice and Apple cider vinegar(NOT IF YOU HAVE ULCERS!)and then basify it again with the healing supplements. It’s a rollercoaster ride but it’s worth it. The 1st week is pretty rough as is ANY detox so when youre belching/”windy” it’s working, stick to it. I wish you all the best and thank you for this great article. ASK YOUR DR FIRST! Peace – Tom

    1. Excellent updates to this thread, Tom! Thank you so much for your current inputs. Check back someday and let us know if your regimen cured you of an overgrowth of HPylori! (Note: blood tests should be 6 months apart, I’ve heard to avoid false positives).

  13. PS: I forgot to mention Matula honey! It’s a bit pricey but it works. It HAS to be Matula. I found mine at a naturopathic shop. If you look around enough you’ll find it locally. I put it in anise/mint/ginger tea, works awesome. thanks again Laurie. Peace

      1. Hi Dees, I haven’t tried the Matula tea, just the Manuka Honey. Sorry I made a typo, I meant manuka honey, but matula tea is recommended too. I just eat a spoonful or add it to tea, it tastes great. I wanted to update everyone on my regimen’s progress. The gas/bloating abdominal pain and discomfort have vanished completely, am very happy with this regimen. Some days are better than others but that comes with the game when it comes to detoxing of ANY kind. There’s an “internal war” going on so to speak. The only change I made is I stopped taking the DGL licorice because I didnt really notice any benefit from it. For me the most effective supplement I took is the mastic gum. Oh and stay away from antacids, H pylori decreases your stomach acid and by taking an antacid youre feeding it basically. I think a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in water or one extra strength TUMS is ok if you’re really gassy but try to keep it to a minimum. I loathe antibiotics and will NEVER take one again unless its life-threatening. Best wishes to everyone dealing witht his BS, it really sucks but it’s definitely fixable/able to keep under control. Food for thought: My Dr is also H Pylori positive for YEARS now, for him it was simple as a dietary change. But we’re all different right? Will update again in 2 weeks! Can you please reply to me to remind me Laurie? Peace!

  14. Does Mastic Gum affect your good Flora bacteria? Since it seems to have antibiotic properties, I felt it might hurt my good gut flora.

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