Helicobacter Pylori: Symptoms and Diet

Helicobacter Pylori

Helicobacter Pylori is a very-like negative gram bacterium that manages to colonize gastric mucous despite the very acidic pH of stomatic creates a generally hostile environment for bacterial growth.

Our stomach, in fact, through the production of hydrochloric acid by some specially responsible cells, the osysical cells (or parietal), has the role of making food safer, eliminating the presence of pathogenic bacteria that we could introduce with nutrition. The bacterium Helicobacter Pylori instead, manages to survive in these extreme conditions of gastric acidity and, thanks to some adaptation mechanisms, manages to create around itself an alky microenvironment that protects it and allows it to colonize and proliferate at the gastric mucosa. It often hides from the immune system of the host organism by penetrating inside the gastric cells themselves.

The main cause of Helicobacter pylori is direct contact with things that might contain bacteria. It can also spread through contaminated food and water. Helicobacter pylori usually tend to infect children and people with a weakened immune system.

This bacterium is the main responsible for gastritis and ulcer (both gastric and duodenial), because thanks to its spiral shape and the presence of flagella it manages not to be passively transported by the most superficial layer of gastric mucus and to reach the deepest, least viscous and mobile part, penetrating the tissue. In addition, H.P. produces substances that recall the mediators of inflammation, causing an inflammatory state which in most cases becomes chronic. All this can result in degeneration of the epithelium and an increase in acid secretion.

The most common Symptoms are burn or pain in the upper stomach and abdominal level if the ulcer is duodenal, digestive difficulties, nausea and gastroesophageal reflux.

About 50% of the population has Helicobacter Pylori, its infection more frequent than is thought but, only in some cases, it can bring problems. Those affected must first follow medical treatment with antibiotics and pump inhibitors (under a prescription). Therapy is crucial as it is well known that cases of chronic H.P. gastritis that are not cured or neglected can also lead to the onset of canchron in the stomach.

.. and diet?

Reschooth therapy should be aimed at avoiding certain foods that increase the secretion of gastric juices, which put pressure on the stomach favoring gastric reflux.

They should be avoided

Coffee, also decaffeinated, tea, alcohol, fizzy drinks, spices, especially those setter, fried foods, and in general very fatty foods, but also excessively sugary foods, canned foods, sausages and cheeses and smoked foods. In addition, you should avoid making unique and abundant meals to avoid further irritating the mucosa. In fact, it is useful in these cases reparting the diet into multiple meals, that is, to eat little and more often.

Helicobacter Pylori Solutions

This are some foods that can help relieve the pain caused by ulcers due to Helicobacter pylori, below:

  • Bananas: an antibacterial substance that can slow the growth of H. pylori is present in bananas. Research shows that eating bananas produces more mucus in the stomach and helps create a barrier between stomach lining and digestive acids. Bananas also tend to help you get a thicker stomach wall.
  • Cabbage: Drinking a liter of raw cabbage juice helps heal ulcers in just five days according to the research. Raw cabbage juice is not the only healthy option. Studies show that eating cabbage helps the stomach heal faster. You can add raw cabbage to your diet in salads and sandwiches.
  • Carrot Juice: carrots are rich in vitamin A, which helps heal the lining of the stomach and protects it from unwanted and harmful microorganisms.
  • Cayenne Pepper: consumed in moderation, cayenne pepper is useful in the fight against ulcers. It stimulates the blood, thus increasing the nutrient supply to the stomach. A good recipe to follow is the mixing of a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper in hot water or tea to be consumed daily. You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the food you consume.
  • Elm Bark: the elm bark helps soothe the mucous that protect the lining of the stomach. It is often used in powder and herbalists suggest adding a teaspoon of elm bark powder to a cup of hot water and drinking the mixture three times a day.
  • Garlic: Garlic contains properties that are a helicobacter pylori. Use two daily chopped cloves along with garlic for greater benefit
  • Licorice: several studies have shown that eating licorice helps in the healing of ulcers as it helps to decrease the ability of stomach acid to damage its lining. Do not overeating as liquorice increases blood pressure.
  • Plums: Foods of purple and red color prevent H. pylori from growing. Most berries are also good fruit options to include in your diet.
In general are recommended: fruits and vegetables, which with their alcain power can counteract acid hypersecretion, vegetables, such as potatoes, and legumes. Yes to polysaturated, omega3 and omega 6 fatty acids, as they are precursors of prostaglandins that regulate the inflammatory process with protective effects towards mucous, especially gastric ones. We also recommend the integration of Vitamine C and Zinco, as these substances help repair the damaged epithelium. It is also important to increase the consumption of fibra, as people who carry out anti-acid therapies could have the side effect of styetizing.

Another tip is to mastic very slowly to promote digestion, because as we said, when we are in the presence of ulcer the digestion is not carried out appropriately by the stomach, and the food remains coarse in size. Therefore it is important to promote a predigestion, at the level of the mouth, through a long chewing.

Curated by
Dott.ssa Patalano Myriam Biologist Nutritionist

Ischia Nutrizione Patalano