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Foods to avoid when suffering from H pylori

Foods to avoid when suffering from H pylori…

When I had H pylori, altering my diet did not really make a difference to my symptoms. I was already eating a healthy diet, yet continued to feel unwell.

However, having worked with more than 2,500 clients around the world since then, I’ve come to realize that avoiding certain food when suffering from H pylori can make an enormous difference.

Some people don’t improve their level of health at all unless they avoid some of the foods listed in this article and some improve their health by doing so even before they eradicate H pylori!

In The H Pylori Diet, and in the H Pylori Home Recovery Plan, I put a comprehensive list of foods to avoid when suffering from H pylori and I have listed them again for you, below.

Avoiding these foods can make the difference between climbing the vitality scale and overcoming your symptoms, or staying where you are and feeling lousy.

Explanation of foods to avoid when suffering from H pylori

H pylori symptoms – tummy pain, heartburn, acid reflux, dizziness, bloating,  belching, bad breath, diarrhea, etc. – are not always caused by the H pylori itself.

Various ‘bad foods’ can cause you more discomfort than the H pylori bacteria by causing inflammation and damaging your stomach and intestine.

Alternatively, these foods may be hard to digest and, as a result, provide food for microbes in the intestine to proliferate and create symptoms.

Unfortunately, regular doctors (i.e. those not trained in integrative or functional medicine) don’t tend to recognize these common foods as being problematic.

But for some patients, health improvements simply will not happen unless these foods are taken into consideration and either minimized or avoided.

What are the foods to avoid when suffering from H pylori?

Optimal nutrition varies from person to person and depends on many factors. Genetics, pre-existing health problems, stress, digestive function and other variables influence our nutrient requirements.

Nonetheless, I have found that a very large number of people with digestive problems do well when they avoid the following foods:

Primary foods to avoid when suffering from H pylori:

  • Gluten-containing foods (bread, pasta, biscuits, cereals, pastries, etc.)
  • Cow’s milk, except possibly a little butter and yoghurt
  • Fatty foods
  • Processed carbohydrates and sugar
  • Spicy foods like chilli
  • Very salty food
  • Vinegar (although apple cider vinegar can be helpful in some instances)
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

Secondary foods to avoid when suffering from H pylori:

  • Raw and undercooked green vegetables (things like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower)
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based foods
  • Mint and mint flavours
  • Chocolate
  • Soy and soybean oils

Why avoid these foods when H pylori?

Some foods – for example gluten and cow’s milk – can cause digestive inflammation in much the same way as H pylori infections do. As a result, they can cause the same or similar symptoms.

Foods can also aggravate existing inflammation and damage that is being caused by H pylori bacteria. Tomato and tomato-rich foods, onions, spices, alcohol, vinegar are the culprits here.

Other foods, like sugar and processed carbs, encourage unwanted to bacteria and Candida overgrowth, which can lead to similar symptoms as H pylori.

Finally some foods are really tough to break down. Undercooked green vegetables, for example, can be very problematic in someone who has a compromised digestive system.

Summary on foods to avoid when having H pylori

Although H pylori obviously has the ability to cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms, consuming the right foods can make a real difference to how you feel.

If common foods are causing some of your symptoms, naturally you will probably not feel better unless you alter your diet and remove these foods (even if you successfully eradicate H pylori).

The H Pylori Diet and H Pylori Home Recovery Plan

Because this topic is so confusing, 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 and foods to eat if you have H pylori, 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 with me, as well as community support to make sure you heal your digestion and other the areas of health you don’t feel happy with right now.

The whole idea is to put an end to your confusion and restore your vitality in the shortest possible time, whilst teaching you to maintain optimal vitality for the rest of your life.



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