This Bacteria Causes Pain, Bloating and Diarrhea
H. Pylori is a bacteria that may be living inside your body without your knowing it. It may cause bloating and diarrhea. Learn more here.
It’s hard to believe that a microorganism so small could cause so much damage, including not only pain, but also bloating and diarrhea.
We’re talking about Helicobacter Pylori. It was first discovered and described in 1983 and caught public attention due to its aggressiveness upon infecting patients.
Spread by contact, H. Pylori immediately sets itself up in the stomach lining or duodenum, causing major problems that could include bloating and diarrhea.
Many people think that this bacteria is more common in third world countries where hygienic methods are not always adequate.
While it’s true that the incidence of infection is higher in these areas, no one is safe from becoming ill and suffering from pain, bloating and diarrhea. What’s more, if someone doesn’t treat your illness properly, this could lead to chronic gastritis or dangerous ulcers.
We’ll explain how you can treat and prevent it for your own health and safety and that of your loved ones.
How does Helicobacter Pylori spread?
To date, doctors and scientists aren’t sure what causes this bacteria to spread into our bodies. However, they have some good information on relevant factors:
- This bacteria is normally contracted during childhood. It’s during this stage that we’re most vulnerable to bacteria and infections.
- Doctors tell us that almost 60% of the population already has this pathogen inside their bodies in its asymptomatic form. It can remain inside the body for a person’s entire life with causing any damage.
- It’s transmitted by person-to-person contact and through contaminated water and food.
- Some may never experience any symptoms, while others, upon reaching a certain age, will start to suffer from gastritis, gastric ulcers, pain, acid reflux, bloating and diarrhea.
- Another factor to keep in mind is that, according to several studies, this issue is more dangerous than you might think. In fact, the bacteria H. Pylori is associated in some cases with certain types of stomach cancer, like gastric lymphoma. This is a really important fact to keep in mind.
Symptoms of H. Pylori infection
As we mentioned above, this bacteria often doesn’t present any symptoms or signs of discomfort at all. It does sometimes cause pain, bloating and diarrhea, though.
If you want to know for sure whether this organism is inside you, you should consult your doctor. He or she will be able to conduct appropriate tests.
These tests consist of analyzing the patient’s breath after ingesting a liquid that contains a non-radioactive isotope. If the bacteria is present in the body, it will convert the liquid into carbon dioxide and ammonia.
The carbon dioxide passes into the blood and then the lungs excrete it. It’s here that your physician can detect it in the breath.
If you already suffer from digestive problems, your doctor may suggest an endoscopy to examine the lining of your stomach.
Also read: Natural Remedies to Treat Gastritis
However, if this bacteria is present inside of you, certain problems are more likely occur after age 40. These may give you a clue as to its presence:
- Abdominal discomfort
- Abdominal distension
- Feeling full after having eaten very little
- Bad breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark stool or anemia (from ulcers causing damage to the stomach walls)
- Bloating and diarrhea
Treatment for Helicobacter Pylori
1. Are antibiotics appropriate?
The appropriateness of antibiotic treatment is something that your doctor will need to decide upon. However, it seems that patients infected with H. Pylori have become resistant to antibiotics in recent years.
You should always listen to your doctor’s opinions and see how your condition progresses.
2. Foods with antibiotic properties
To fight this type of bacteria, you’ll want to increase your consumption of foods with antibiotic properties like:
Consuming probiotics regularly is good for your general health. While it’s true that they won’t destroy H. Pylori, the lactobacilli and bifidus will inhibit its infectious action. At the same time, they’ll do good for your well-being as a whole.
Foods like kefir and white yogurt will help you avoid dyspepsia, nausea, and headaches.
Verbena essential oil
You can take a tablespoon in the morning dissolved in a glass of water. It possesses many benefits. Some of these are:
- It helps out your body’s digestive processes
- Relaxes you
- Reduces the aggressiveness of an H. Pylori infection in your body.
Some say that propolis is also a good antibiotic and natural bactericide that improves the body’s natural defenses. It’s also great for treating infections and gastritis.
Curiously, bees use it to protect their hive from infections.
You should consult your doctor before taking propolis. Remember that it’s also always best to start off slow and not to consume it for lengthy period of time.
Other foods that may help you deal with the bloating and diarrhea
- Raw, chopped potato
- If you don’t suffer from ulcers or gastritis, you can take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar dissolved in a glass of water.