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H Pylori Symptoms in the Lower Digestive and Abdominal Area

It’s common knowledge that H pylori symptoms are frequently experienced in the upper part of the digestive system (heartburn, chest and stomach pain, burping, etc.). However the main medical websites don’t seem to acknowledge that H pylori infections can also cause significant symptoms in the lower part of the digestive system.

The H pylori symptoms experienced in the lower part of the digestive system and abdomen include:

  • Painful gas and bloating around or below the bellybutton
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

I personally experienced these symptoms when I had H pylori way back in 2004. In fact, my symptoms began in the stomach and chest area, before moving down my digestive tract.

It started with severe heartburn, nausea and vomiting, but after a few days, the symptoms switched to nausea abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

One client case that springs to mind is that of a lovely lady in her seventies, who had experienced digestive symptoms since she was a child. Maggie had been treated three times for H pylori but her symptoms of diarrhea just became worse and worse.

I ran a home stool test for her, which showed she still had H pylori. The test also revealed a parasite called Blastocystis, another parasite called Endolimax nana and a fungal overgrowth in her intestine.

After 60-days on a gluten free diet, and herbs to attack the H pylori, parasites and fungal overgrowth the majority of Maggie’s symptoms had disappeared. She couldn’t believe how much better she felt after experiencing symptoms for most of her life. 

Other Causes of H Pylori-like Symptoms

When my digestion was not working properly, I also had a parasite (again, it was Blastocystis) and a fungal overgrowth (actually, I had a mold overgrowth with an organism called Aspergillus).

Over the last half-decade of working with people from all around the world, I can safely say, with 100% confidence, that at least HALF the people who have H pylori infections also have a parasite infection and/or yeast and fungal overgrowth.

These bad bugs can result in many so-called H pylori symptoms and it can be hard to distinguish whether the symptoms are being caused by H pylori bacteria, or other “bad bugs”.

This is why I always recommend the GI Effects 2100 or GI Effects 2105 stool test for my clients. We frequently find more than one bad bug, and often times, all the bad bugs we find need to be eradicated.

You can learn about these tests by clicking here.

Bad bugs are not the only things to mimic H pylori symptoms. Common foods can also cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation and other lower digestive symptoms. These foods include:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gluten-containing foods (bread, pasta, biscuits, etc.)
  • Cow’s milk (especially when it has been pasteurized)
  • Soy (soybeans, soybean flour, tofu, soy protein powder)
  • Spicy foods

When I saw so many symptoms improve in people who adopted my nutrition guidelines, I was inspired to write my first book, The H Pylori Diet, in which I teach people how to avoid the common foods listed above, and how to replace them with tasty, healthier alternatives. Most of the time, my customers report big improvements in digestive function before they even attempt to treat H pylori.

They also frequently report improvements in energy levels, mood, skin and sleep.

I highly recommend you read this book, which you can grab here: (paperback) (e-book) 

My holistic approach to dealing with H pylori symptoms leads to complete healing of the digestive system, rather than simply the removal of one type of bad bacterium.

I recommend that if you are experiencing upper digestive symptoms, whether you have been diagnosed with H pylori or not, you consider your treatment options carefully.

There is a big difference between healing your digestion and overcoming your symptoms and simply killing H pylori. Eradicating H pylori is not necessarily the same thing as overcoming H pylori symptoms.

If you’ve already had medical treatment for your H pylori symptoms, but you don’t feel better, check out my book, here.

If you’d like ask a question, or are wondering where to turn next, please email us at

Love and light.

Dave Hompes.



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