“What foods aggravate H pylori?” Hmmmm, this is a question I’m asked a lot, and with good reason.
When you have H pylori, you develop something called gastritis, which simply means ‘stomach inflammation’.
Inflammation is where your immune system attacks H pylori, leading to a red, raw, hot, sore stomach, which in turn causes many of the H pylori symptoms you experience as a result of the infection.
These symptoms include heartburn, stomach pain, acid reflux, bloating, a sore throat, a lump in your throat, belching, burping, etc.
Inflammation that goes untreated can lead to stomach and duodenal ulcers, which can cause yet more unpleasant symptoms or a worsening of existing ones.
Certain foods can aggravate the effects of H pylori, making symptoms considerably worse.
In fact, foods can sometimes cause far more problems than the H pylori itself, in some cases being the main reason for symptoms even though H pylori is present.
Foods that aggravate gastritis and pain caused by H pylori include:
I recommend you avoid or minimise these foods until H pylori is eradicated and your stomach has been healed.
When asking yourself ‘what foods aggravate H pylori?’ it is important to consider the fact that some foods don’t just aggravate H pylori, but they also cause the same symptoms!
Foods that can actually cause the same symptoms as H pylori (even when H pylori is not present) include:
Sometimes, when the foods listed above are avoided, you can feel much better. In fact, all the symptoms may go away before you have even eradicated H pylori!
I realize this may sound odd, particularly because most doctors don’t consider food as being such an important part of H pylori treatment.
We have been helping people beat H pylori naturally for almost a decade, and we’ve seen dramatic improvements and recoveries from dietary changes alone.
In fact, we’ve seen many people eradicate H pylori only to feel no better whatsoever until they avoided aggravating foods.
In theory, it’s easy to avoid foods that aggravate H pylori (or cause similar symptoms), but in practice it is not so simple.
It’s not easy to switch to a diet that omits gluten, cow’s milk, soy, and other foods that irritate your digestive system.
Why? It’s because these problem-causing foods are practically everywhere.
For many people, breakfast consists of gluten-filled cereals with milk on top, or buttered croissants and toast.
Lunch frequently consists of sandwiches, quiches, pasta, cheeses, etc.
Then, we have café lattes and cappuccinos, biscuits, crackers, pizza bases and so on, all of which are laden with ingredients that can irritate your stomach and intestine.
It is because this topic is so confusing that I wrote The H Pylori Diet book, which lays out the precise eating plan I use with all my clients.
It includes foods to avoid, foods to eat, menu plans and recipes, not to mention the specific herbal protocols that knock out H pylori.
For a small monthly investment, The H Pylori Home Recovery Plan goes a step further by delivering more detailed content in a specific sequence right to your computer or mobile device.
You also get weekly calls and access to me, as well as community support to make sure you heal your digestion and other areas of health you don’t feel happy with right now.
The whole idea is to stop your confusion and restore your vitality in the shortest possible time, whilst teaching you to maintain optimal vitality for the rest of your life.