If you have H-pylori, or think you have it, these facts may change your thinking on what to do and why.
Just so you know, I’m not a doctor. Just a bloke who carried H-pylori for 3 years before I found out how to beat it and the misery it causes.
It was ruining my life so I took action. And now I want to share with you what I did. So here’s what you need to know:
H-pylori can live in the mouth. So you can get it from kissing and sharing eating utensils. It’s been found in other bodily fluids too..
So why start with this fact? Easy. The chances are if you have H-pylori, your partner or family does too. This means if you get rid of your H-pylori, it’s easy to catch it back – which is some people “just can’t get rid of it”.
You can also pick it up by eating infected food (my battle with H-pylori started when I ate something infected on a trip to Egypt).
How does having H-pylori make you feel?
- Fatique (I was overwhelmed with tiredness).
- Loose stools
- Irritable Bowels
- Abdominal Pain
- Back pain
- Skin disease
But worst of all for me: my loss of mojo. My libido went through the floor. Not a great feeling for a bloke my age.
There are four usual ways to detect H-pylori:
Blood test for antibodies to Helicobacter Pylori – but this only works ‘once’. Really. After you’ve been treated just once, the antibodies can be around for years afterwards. So it’s easy to catch it again and get a negative test.
Urea breath test – not that reliable if you look in to it, especially so with children.
Endoscopy: Very invasive (they stick a tube down you), and only looks for the internal symptoms, unless they do a biopsy (cut a bit out of you while they are in there).
Stool sample: The stool test is over 95% accurate. And it’s non-invasive. Best of all, you can do them at home using reliable labs.
(If you’re squeamish about taking a poo in to a tupperware pot, you’re not that series about getting rid of H-pylori. Go read another blog).
The stool sample is by far the most accurate and easy. And it’s all done by post so there really is nothing to be embarrassed about.
But here’s the biggie. Once you know you have H-pylori, how do you treat it?
Doctors treat H-pylori with antibiotics and proton pumps inhibitors. But H-pylori is proving to be more and more resistant to these antibiotics. Failure rates have been reported as low as 50%.
And of course, there are always unwelcome side effects to most medications.
Avoiding some foods – and eating others – usually helps. All these should give you some relief:
- Broccoli & Broccoli Sprouts
- Olive oil
- Green Tea
- Cabbage Juice / Vitamin U
They may well help with H-pylori – but they won’t get rid of it all together. But there are other natural products that will (they certainly did in my case).
And I’ll leave you with: it’s estimated that 30-40% of the US and UK population carries H-pylori. So don’t think you’re on your own.
Join my mailing list and you’ll get a load of links on the best stool test kits available (what ever country you’re in).
Once you know what you have (because the chances are if you have H-pylori, you’ll also have something else), you can then get treatment.
Believe it or not, there’s lots you can do yourself. And that’s in my newsletter too.
Hope this helps.