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3 Foods To Avoid If You Have H Pylori

One of the main reasons I wrote The H Pylori Diet was to educate people – hopefully you included – that H pylori is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to symptoms such as heartburn, reflux, fatigue, nausea and bloating. If you have H pylori, you may find that you can’t find a solution to your symptoms unless you also alter your diet as well.

These days, with all our medical technology, we seem to always be seeking a complex solution to our problems, but simply avoiding exposure to things that our bodies don’t like has been shown in research to be the single biggest factor in healing.

If you avoid the foods I mention in this article, I absolutely guarantee that 50% of you or more will experience enormous benefits. I can’t wait to share the information with you…

It is now common knowledge that triple therapy antibiotic treatments are becoming less effective in treating H pylori, leading to more treatment failures and confusion as to what should happen once the treatment has failed.

Even when treatments for H pylori are successful, there is no guarantee that symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, IBS, bloating, fatigue and headaches will go away.

The reason for this is simple: even when H pylori is present, other things can cause your symptoms, which means that even when you eradicate H pylori, you still don’t feel well.

Unfortunately, diet is rarely considered in these situations, but in actual fact, common foods that are consumed on a daily basis by many people can cause exactly the same symptoms as the Helicobacter bacteria itself.

Some symptoms can be relieved completely when these foods are avoided:

Food #1 – Gluten

Gluten refers to a group of protein molecules found in the grains wheat, barley, rye and spelt. All foods that contain these grains have gluten in them (e.g. bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits, cereals, pizza).

Many people are gluten-intolerant and in my experience gluten is the number one problem food. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestine, much like H pylori. In many cases, simply eliminating the gluten can dramatically reduce symptoms.

Sometimes people cannot eradicate H pylori until they have been on a gluten-free diet for at least 60-days.

If you’re unsure which foods contain gluten and which ones don’t, I invite you to read The H Pylori Diet as it contains all the information you need to eat foods that heal your digestive system rather than damaging it.

Here’s what one customer said about avoiding some of these key foods:

Dear Dave thank you so much for the copy of your book about H-pylori … it is very very helpful and as you know your diet changed my life …. I did have the antibiotics for my H-Pylori but being free of Gluten Soya and dairy ……. I had been off sugar and caffeine and refined foods for 25 year … but coming off the last three has been wonderful … i may try a month of the Matula herb formula sometime after the summer … too busy with Grand children right now ….thank you again for all your help …tell lots of people about your book and diet …. some jump at it others very skeptical sorry to say …. including my daughter in law who will insist on giving our son and grand children wheat when I can see at least four of them need to be on your diet … sad when people wan’t try things for their health.
Thanks again for all your good work … I feel great …best in 69 years!!!

Isobel Dougan

Food #2 – Coffee

I love coffee, but unfortunately in any form coffee is an irritant to the digestive system. Many people report having heartburn, reflux and other digestive symptoms when they drink coffee.

It is best to reduce coffee consumption if H pylori bacteria are present. I often recommend that my clients remove coffee completely for 2 weeks and then reintroduce it to see whether it causes problems. I recommend that you do the same.

There are other potential benefits in avoiding coffee. One of the biggest additional benefits is that it reduces the amount of stimulation to your adrenal glands. Adrenal fatigue is very common in our society and caffeine can over-stimulate and weaken these glands.

If you feel like you need a cup of coffee or two to “get going” in the morning, you really should have your adrenal hormones tested using a simple saliva test.

Food #3 – Soy

Soy foods have in recent times been touted as being healthy and, in some cases, miracle foods. However this information is far from the truth.

In fact, soy is not a healthy food for most people. Even in Japan it is the number one allergy causing food. It can have a direct impact on the digestive system and cause similar symptoms to H pylori (it causes me to have wind, bloating and loose stools).

Many people experience significant improvements when they eliminate soy in all forms. The tricky thing is knowing exactly where it’s hidden. Soy can be used in vegetable oil, for example, but the food manufacturers don’t have to write “soy” on the label.

These three foods are not the only ones that I recommend you avoid or minimise if you have H pylori, but try avoiding them for 30-days and see how you go. You may just be surprised at how much better you feel.

A complete list of foods to avoid, as well as recipes, shopping guides, tips on how to save time and complete herbal protocol for the eradication of H pylori is available in The H Pylori Diet. I Highly recommend you read it and implement the recommendations as soon as possible.

Selected References

  1. O’Bryan, T. Unlocking The Mystery of Wheat and Gluten Sensitivity. 2006: DVD.
  2. O’Bryan, T. Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Disease. One-day workshop, London – March 2011.
  3. Green P and Jones R. 2006. Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic. Collins.
  4. Braly J and Hoggan MA. 2002. Dangerous Grains. Avery.
  5. Kayla Daniel. The Whole Soy Story. 2007. New Trends Publishing.

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