Could your food sensitivities be caused by a gut infection?
Discover what H. Pylori is and how can you combat the infection
The Autoimmune Disease Series
Today I want to talk to those of you who have tried diets, medications and supplements, but still don’t feel like you are turning the corner on your health path. If you still have a multitude of symptoms, such as increasing food sensitivities, burping, belching, gastritis, acid reflux, bad breath, headaches or ulcers then this might just be the post for you.
If any of these are presenting as symptoms for you, it may be that your food sensitivities are cuased by a gut infection; H. pylori dominating your microbiome. H.Pylori is a particular problem because it survives your gut by suppressing your stomach acid production.
Unfortunately this not only ensures its survival but also promotes a great breeding ground for other pathogens, that would otherwise have been killed off by the stomach acid.
So along with H.pylori we might also get parasites and/or a small intestine bacterial overgrowth (S.I.B.O.). But of course we may get an increase in food sensitivities, a problem that is just growing and growing these days.
With not enough stomach acid to break down proteins, the partially broken down proteins cause our bodies to not recognise them and they start to act as antigens, stimulating an immune response and creating inflammation and the other symptoms that we associate with food sensitivities.
Now H.pylori is not all bad. It has been shown to offer some potent immuno-regulatory effects, but the key seems to be balance. Many people have felt a whole lot better once this infection has been brought under control.
You can test for H. Pylori in a few ways:
• Stool antigen test: 401H test, GI Effects
• H Pylori breath test
• Blood test (may not differentiate between past and
The stool antigen has been suggested to be the most useful.
If your test is positive:
A Doctor can prescribe medication for you. But my job is to suggest natural options.
Before any kind of protocol you must remember that your whole body is being effected by this and your whole body will be also be affected by any die off or potency from herbal supplements.
So consider the following when completing a H. Pylori protocol;
- Eat an anti inflammatory diet. Cabbage juice is particularly recommended for eradicating H. Pylori, so let it be your friend. You only need to down 1/2 cup or 125ml/ 4 oz daily, so dust down your juicer.
- Support your liver with castor oil packing or coffee enemas. The herbals will put an extra strain on your liver, so give it all the help that you can.
- Ensure that you give yourself plenty of time to rest, relax and sleep during the protocol. This will help to nourish your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands are responsible for producing something called Secretory Ig A, which helps to line the intestinal wall, providing a barrier that will resist infections and help to prevent further infections. Supplements to support the adrenals can also include Vitamin C (I recommend a lipospheric form) and zinc.
- Ensure that you have addressed nutrient deficiencies such as Vitamin B12, Zinc and Vitamin D and Iron (Ferritin). Tests for these can be done through your G.P. /health practitioner. You want to be in tip top shape to give your body all the assistance that it needs to fight this infection.
- Support your gut in healing itself, make sure that you are taking in adequate Omega 3’s, consider making some flax seed tea, zinc is also useful. Some people find aloe vera juice to be really soothing and healing too.
- Of course, lastly give yourself the time to do this protocol. Don’t rush it. H.Pylori can be persistent, so you need to be consistent.
Now the H. Pylori 60 day protocol (as per The Hashimoto’s Institute):
• Mastic gum 500mg: Two capsules to be taken three times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
• Deglycyrrhizinated licorice(DGL) – one taken three times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Only to be used in combination with regular blood pressure monitoring (as can cause hypertension) and kidney and liver function tests – this is particularly relevant if used long-term.
• Saccharomyces Boulardii-2 taken three times per day
Mastic gum has traditionally been used to treat gastric issues and recent clinical trials have proven that mastic kills H. Pylori, in addition to other harmful bacteria and fungi.
Licorice root has long been touted for its effectiveness at treating the gut, but also hormonal issues, throat and respiratory issues.It has also been used to provide adrenal support and so it can really address symptoms of fatigue too.
Saccharomyces Boulardii has been so successful in clinical trials, that it is now recognised as a medicine in over 100 countries. It has extensive anti -inflammatory properties, promoting gut health. It has been shown to bind to known pathogens such as salmonella and E coli and flush them out of the body. It has been found to be successful in treating diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease and yeast infections such as Candida Albicans.
Just one more layer to consider.
Please let me know if you have success with this protocol.