Helicobacter Pylori Infection – Causes, Symptoms, Proper Nutrition and Treatment

Heliobacter Pylori is one of the most common causes of diseases of the upper digestive system, and it is estimated that these microorganisms infected a half of humanity.


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Helicobacter pylori infection attacks the lining of the stomach because it survives in only an acidic environment. It is estimated that with this infection is infected a half of humanity, but the symptoms of the disease are not to develop in all people (depending on the immunological properties of the organism), and so seamlessly can stay in the body for decades, even for life. About the problems caused by this bacterium more below …


Heliobacteria takes the form of several whips point at one end, all this makes it sporadically-operated and belongs to gram-negative bacilli. In addition to the gastric mucosa may also occur in plaque, sores in the mouth, saliva, and stool.

Given the fact that like all other bacteria easily transmitted through unclean hands, often occurs in less developed countries where Helicobacter pylori infected up to 80 percent of the population, while in developed countries, the percentage of 20 to 50 %.

Many people are infected in childhood, primarily because of poor hygiene practices. It is usually difficult to determine the real-time transmission of helicopters bacteria because the infection can survive for years without symptoms. In most cases, heliobacteria are diagnosed much later in life.

Contaminated food (if inadequately washed vegetables and fruits), defective water and dirty hands are the most common routes of transmission of this infection (faecal-oral transmission). Also, Helicobacter pylori infection can be transmitted and the method of “mouth to mouth” from infected to healthy people.


The most common symptoms helicobacter and infection are stomach pain and stomach, heartburn, bloating stomach, indigestion and indigestion, nausea, vomiting, bad breath. Some patients with chronic gastritis have no symptoms, but they are, on the other hand, can be intensified if, for example, occur ulcers associated with infection. In addition to severe pain, which is the most dominant character, comes to the loss of appetite, and therefore the weight, but there is also blood in the stool, which occurs in about 25 percent of cases.

However, there are other symptoms that indicate that the helicopters settled bacteria in our bodies – depression, lack of energy and strength, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia, skin changes. The intensity of symptoms is different, and so will some patients prevail gastric disorders, while others will feel stronger indirect symptoms.

Prevention involves timely detection of infection, that is going to the doctor after the first symptoms, and implementation of a hygienic-dietary regimen with regular and varied diet. The vaccine against Helicobacter infection is still under investigation, but will, according to some estimates, massive apply for three to four years.


To say also that the helicopters battery in the stomach discovered in 1982 thanks to Australian doctors Barry Marshall and Robin Varenna. Since then it is known that the occurrence of gastritis, gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer is not caused only by individual drugs, as previously thought, and the risk factors include alcohol intake, smoking and nowadays unavoidable stress.

However, after the discovery of helicopters bacteria is growing evidence that it just plays a major role in the emergence of diseases of the stomach, especially when combined with harmful drugs, when the risk of ulcers significantly increased by as much as 60 percent.

In addition, according to the latest data, there is a growing association of Helicobacter pylori bacteria and cancer or (MALT) lymphoma of the stomach, it gives a new, more serious dimension to this bacterial infection, especially because it is not yet determined why this disease developed only in individual patients.


Urease breath test is a noninvasive diagnostic method that is performed by the patient drinks a tablet which includes the urea with carbon C13 ( a non-radioactive isotope of carbon). Helicobacter comprising the enzyme urease, which urea is metabolized to 3 Cl, releases C02 (carbon dioxide) and is extracted by the exhaled together with C13.

This is a very sensitive test and everywhere accepted as the best indicator of the success of therapy against Helicobacter pylori infection, and as a first method of diagnosing diseases. In addition, the diagnosis can be established and the examination of blood (serum) or review saliva antibody, which is a slightly less reliable method, because it can give false positive results for IgG antibodies persist in the blood for a long time after healing the infection.

Helicobacter in the stomach can be detected and stool antigens of bacteria, but this procedure is rarely used. If it comes to severe symptoms and people over 40 with a family history, resorts to the invasive, but also the most reliable diagnostic method and it is certainly gastroscopy. In this method, the sample is taken directly from the gastric mucosa, which is then sent to a detailed histopathologic analysis.


The treatment of this infection primarily involves a complete change of diet and lifestyle. It should eat regularly and frequently, in smaller amounts, and in doing so is necessary to avoid spicy and pungent foods almost always, and alcohol consumption.

Helicobacter in the stomach and is being treated with medications, so we recommended the official medicine, which includes a combination of at least three drugs – two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor, which reduces the acidity of the stomach environment and, consequently, creating unfavorable conditions for the development of bacteria.

They are used drugs called probiotic in eradication therapy, while H2 antagonists give when Helicobacter pylori infection has not yet been established. In the case of complications and new diseases caused by the Helicobacter, continues to appropriate treatment and introduce new therapeutic measures. For example, gastric cancer and lymphoma are usually treated by surgery.


Approximately 50% of patients have side effects of treatment, which are generally mild, but in about ten percent of the treatment helicobacters interruption or change doses and combinations of drugs. Some of the reactions to medicines are feeling “metallic” taste in the mouth and disorder of the intestines, which can occur unpleasant stomach cramps, diarrhea-diarrhea, constipation or black painted chairs (in such cases, the treatment is introduced probiotics). If the patient continues to consume alcohol, there may be a severe headache, nausea, vomiting, increased and excessive sweating and rapid pulse.

It also estimated that about 20 percent of patients after treatment is not fully cured and in this case, it is necessary to change the protocol and introduce new drugs (at least one antibiotic different from those that were used for treatment during the first treatment). After that re-testing is conducted to determine whether the helicopters bacteria in the stomach cured. Treatment is considered successful if the four weeks after the end of treatment gastroscopy or urease breath test showed negative results for Helicobacter pylori infection.


One of the most important factors for the cure of infection is proper nutrition for helicobacter In combination with appropriate medication (which may be prescribed solely professional – a doctor), as well as natural teas, delivers excellent results.

Helicobacter may be associated with intolerance to gluten, so patients should avoid bread, pasta, pastries, that is all foods containing flour from wheat, rye or barley. More on this diet, read in our text gluten-free diet and diet, as well as in the text of the symptoms of celiac disease. Also, in the diet are not desirable soy and cow’s milk, as well as caffeine, alcohol, salt, industrially processed foods, fatty red meat, and sodas.

Helicobacter in the stomach certainly requires discipline and consistency in the diet. The menu should be introduced fiber-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, especially apples, cranberries, onions, celery, beans, which simply called fiber foods. From meat to avoid all frying and grill, eat fish at least twice a week . Avoid artificial sweeteners and sugars. Another idea for this type of diet, read the text of an alkaline diet. Try to eat less sour fruit .


Our first proposal is flaxseed, which proved to be an extremely effective tool for the stomach, we mentioned it several times in our articles but it does not hurt to repeat a few more times. Here’s what you need for this extremely simple recipe:

Tablespoon flax seeds, cover with a cup (2 dl) of boiling water.
Cover bowl and let it rest for at least 2-3 hours.
Then strain and take the tablespoon of flaxseed, immediately before each meal.
The mucus from flax seeds will reach the walls of your stomach, will reduce stomach pain, reduce symptoms of infection, especially if it comes to gastritis, which is characterized by sensitive and irritated mucous membranes. Otherwise, helicobacters may not be the only reason to daily consumed seeds of flax, it is recommended for healthy people, an even tablespoon a day, because it is an excellent prevention of many diseases, improves digestion, establishes a regular chair, etc .

Author: K.S

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