So if you have a continual burning pain in your stomach and maybe nausea and vomiting, you may already be on your way.
Research has shown that the Helicobacter pylori bacteria (H. pylori) is the culprit behind most ulcers, but here's an interesting fact...
The presence of H. pylori ALONE is not enough to cause ulcers. Because about half of Americans over age 60 carry H. pylori yet they don't all develop ulcers.
Whether or not you'll develop an ulcer also depends on the health of your friendly gut bacteria and your diet!
And that’s where you can make a difference in your fate with respect to ulcers.
Fight the bad bacteria with your internal good guys
Certain strains of friendly bacteria (probiotics) have been shown to be very effective against H. Pylori!
Lab studies have established that certain Lactobacillus strains -- L. acidophilus, L. salivarius and L. casei -- not only slow the growth of H. pylori, but they can actually help kill it!
Research was conducted with a group of mice where they were given L. salivarius for a few days, then they were fed H. pylori. The researchers noted that the mice were completely protected from H. pylori infection.
Further studies were done with mice already infected with H. pylori. Feeding the infected mice L. salivarius reduced the presence of H. pylori bacteria by more than 99 percent!
Similar results have been seen in human studies.
In a study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers took a group of 70 adults who tested positive for H. pylori, but had no ulcer symptoms.
For a six-week period, 59 of the 70 adults were given yogurt to which the probiotic strains L.
acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis were added and the other 11 drank ordinary milk.
After the 6 weeks the H. pylori levels in the probiotic-laced yogurt group were lowered significantly, whereas the milk drinkers saw no change.
Make your system’s job easier too
If you have H. Pylori, ulcers, acid reflux or any other digestive ailment, and most especially if you take antacids, it's essential that you do what you can to support better digestion.
Poor digestion is a primary root cause of many GI problems, and all antacids do is temporarily mask your symptoms (and many times not very well at that).
The problems stemming from poor digestion aren't limited to your stomach either.
If your stomach doesn't break down what you've eaten like it should, once the poorly broken down food enters the intestines, they (along with your pancreas and gallbladder) have to try to compensate for what the stomach didn’t do…but many times it’s way too much for them to handle.
The end result is a big “food mess” which not only can’t be adequately used as nutrition by your body, but also can lead to gas, bloating and anything-but-normal BMs.
The best way to have better digestion is to make your system’s job easier to begin with!
Keep meals simple and avoid combining animal proteins (like meat, poultry and fish) with starches (like potatoes, bread or rice). The protein-starch combination requires opposing enzymes for digestion (acids for protein and alkalines for starches), and the presence of these “polar opposites” together in your stomach causes them to weaken or neutralize each other.
When this happens your digestion goes out the window!
Instead pair proteins OR starches with vegetables and a tossed salad—you will be shocked at how great you can feel from such a simple change.
Click here if you need more guidance on smart food combinations.
Compensate for past “food messes”
If you’ve had a long history of digestive problems and pop antacids like a 5th food group, chances are excellent that you’ve expended far more digestive enzymes breaking down your “food messes” than Nature ever expected you to.
You might not realize this, but you were not born with an endless river of enzymes flowing through you—and if you’ve wasted more than you should, sooner or later, your body will have trouble making enough for your needs.
If you feel that describes you, then a top-notch digestive enzyme supplement can help pinch-hit where your body may be running short, and keep your digestion in tip-top shape.
Work with your body to naturally keep H. pylori at bay and support your digestion and I’m sure you’ll feel the difference…FAST.