June 7, 2011

Helicobacter Pylori Prevention and Treatment

While transmission of Helicobacter pylori is not fully understood, studies show it is likely passed from person to person, and often enter the esophagus and stomach through foods or liquids contaminated with the microbe. Once inside, they use their long flagella to enter the mucoid lining of the stomach. The mucoid lining of the stomach protects the stomach cells from the harsh acid environment necessary for digestion, but also protects the helicobacter pylori microbe once it has attached. Helicobacter pylori weaken the mucous lining of the stomach, increasing the probability of irritation of stomach cells by the stomach acid, resulting in ulcers and acid reflux, among other symptoms.

More prevalent in developing countries, helicobacter pylori infects 50% of the world’s population, and is becoming increasingly prevalent in western society. Of those affected, a surprising 80% do not present symptoms. Those that are affected suffer symptoms that include but are not limited to stomach ache, vomiting, acid reflux, and flatulence. If untreated, the infection can progress to cause stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and even stomach and esophagus cancers.

Modern medicine has produced limited results in treating Helicobacter pylori gastritis. Diet, nutrition and exercise have been somewhat more promising in control of the disease and its symptoms, but more importantly, it’s prevention. Recent studies show that consuming as little as 70 grams of broccoli sprouts per day can reduce the number of helicobacter pylori colonies in humans by as much as 40%, greatly reducing symptoms. However, when the diet of broccoli sprouts is ceased, colony numbers quickly increase and symptoms once again present themselves. The Asian diet staple kimchi was recently shown to contain bacteria that protects against Helicobacter pylori. Green tea was shown to ease inflammation associated with helicobacter pylori gastritis. Exercise has shown to indirectly prevent ulcers by decreasing the amount of acid secretion at mealtimes. This decrease in acid secretion eases the discomfort felt by those already suffering from gastritis.

Proper diet, exercise, washing of hands, proper food preparation and drinking clean water are healthy, easy techniques to both prevent and ease the symptoms of helicobacter pylori gastritis.

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