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We spend our physical lives processing organic matter and our energy, growth, repair and waste (and how effectively we do this) determine our energy level, longevity and wellbeing.

As food passes into the stomach, large proteins are broken down into smaller groups of amino acids. The first step in protein digestion is carried out by hydrochloric acid released from the stomach wall, which is dependent on zinc. Hydrochloric acid production often declines in old age, as do zinc levels. The consequence is indigestion, particularly noticeable after high-protein meals, and the likelihood of developing food allergies because undigested large food molecules are more likely to stimulate allergic reactions in the small intestine.

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Helicobacter Pylori (commonly called H. Pylori) is a bacterium which infects the lining of the stomach and duodenum. It is one of the most common infections in the UK with more than a quarter of the people in the UK being infected with H. Pylori at some stage in their life. Once infected, unless treated, the infection usually stays for the rest of your life, unless eradicated.

Most people who are infected with H. Pylori have no symptoms and do not know that they are infected as the bacteria may just live harmlessly in the lining of the stomach and duodenum.

H. Pylori is the most common cause of duodenal and stomach ulcers. About 3 in 20 people who are infected with H. Pylori develop an ulcer. An ulcer is where the lining of the stomach or duodenum is damaged by the acid which is made in the stomach, and the underlying tissue is exposed.

The exact way H. Pylori causes ulcers is not unclear. The stomach normally produces acid to help with the digestion of food and to kill bacteria. This acid is corrosive so some cells on the inside lining of the stomach and duodenum produce a natural mucus barrier which protects the lining of the stomach and duodenum. There is normally a balance between the amount of acid made and the mucus defense barrier.  An ulcer may develop if there is an alteration in this balance allowing the acid to damage the lining of the stomach or duodenum. In some people H. Pylori causes inflammation in the lining of the stomach or duodenum. This causes the defence mucus barrier to be disrupted in some way (and in some cases the amount of acid to be increased) which seems to allow the acid to cause inflammation and ulcers.

Non-ulcer dyspesia

This is a condition where there is recurrent bouts of indigestion (dyspepsia) which are not caused by an ulcer or inflammation. It is sometimes called functional dyspepsia. H. Pylori is sometimes found in people with non-ulcer dyspepsia.

The symptoms include a pain in the stomach which goes through to the back along with a feeling of nausea – the pain is better on eating but worse when the stomach is empty; waking up with the pain during the night; feelings of bloatedness after eating even a small meal.

Eradicating H. Pylori

The following have been found to be beneficial in killing the bacteria:

  • Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum) is extremely good for digestion and related problems. The very smell of it, which comes from an aromatic organic compound called Cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates our salivary glands in the mouth, facilitating the primary digestion of the food. Next is Thymol, a compound present in cumin, which does the same to the glands which secrete acids, bile and enzymes responsible for complete digestion of the food in the stomach and the intestines, due to its Stimulating properties. Cumin is also Carminative i.e. relieves wind and thereby improves digestion and appetite. Due to its essential oils, magnesium and sodium content, it promotes digestion and also settles the stomach during stomach-ache when taken with hot water.
  • Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza) has been shown in clinical studies to inhibit the colonization of H. Pylori by increasing mucosal secretions in the stomach lining making it difficult for the bacteria to gain a foothold. Licorice also contains triterpenes that promote anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Mastic Gum, a resin produced by the Pistacia Ientiscus tree (an evergreen shrub form the pistachio tree family) has been used for a variety of gastric ailments in the Mediterranean and Middle East for at least 3,000 years where mastic gum was highly revered for its medicinal properties in the relief of dyspepsia and other intestinal disorders. The benefits of this naturally-occurring resin is now being rediscovered for its anti-microbial effects. Several studies have already been published on mastic gum with regard to its positive effects at least seven different strains of H.Pylori.

In my experience an effective treatment for H. Pylori is a combination of all three of the above, in addition to L-Gluatmine (powder) which keeps the instestinal wall healthy and helps restore the gut wall.

A daily intake of Acidophilus is also advised to help protect the body against harmful bacteria and parastites. As Acidophilus breaks down it releases an array of  helpful chemicals which create a toxic environment for unhealthy bacteria and which aid the digestion process.

Caprylic Acid is excellent for killing parasites like Candida Albicans.

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This time last year I was preparing my 10,000 word dissertation as part of my health sciences degree. Despite the fact that I loved every minute of that course I was going through a bad time with my health. I was feeling exhausted. Not everyone jumps out of bed in the morning full of the joys of spring, but I was waking up and peeling myself out of bed and most mornings I would wake up with headaches that would not budge for days on end. Most weekends I couldn’t find the strength to get dressed and were spent sleeping on the sofa. Although I managed to get through the working week and cook a meal in the evenings that was all I could manage. The dishes had to be left till morning. My digestion started to play up – something I’d never had problems with before. Blood tests revealed nothing ‘abnormal’. As a therapist, I was helping others to heal themselves yet I couldn’t help myself – I didn’t know which way to turn.

By complete coincidence and at a doctor’s suggestion I tried an anti-candida diet for two weeks to see if this made any different to my digestion. During those two weeks I noticed a difference and accepted that I had candida. A cocktail of vitamins, minerals and amino acids helped kill the candida and opened my eyes to the fact that candida is prevalent in most people. When the immune system is thrown out of balance (stress, diabetes, antibiotics) the environment in the intestines is such that it encourages growth of bad bacteria and hence candida attacks.

Doctors don’t recognise the condition of candidiasis and indeed there is no real accurate test (other than a live blood sample) but a quick and simple way for you to find out if you have candida if you suspect this is to spit into a see-through tumbler of water first thing in the morning. If the spittle develops legs like a spiders which travel down to the bottom of the glass, then the chances are you have candida.

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The environment within the stomach should be incredibly acidic – we’re talking battery acid here – in order for effective digestion to occur. The job of the (hydrochloric) acid in the stomach is to release minerals from food, help with the absorption of nutrients such as calcium and iron, break down food proteins and kill bacteria and parasites, thus controlling the unwanted microorganisms in the digestive tract.

Hypochlorhydria and achlorhydria are conditions in which the production of hydrochloric acid in the digestive juices of the stomach is low or absent. Symptoms of low stomach acid include: heartburn, acid reflux, belching and gas. So if you thought that your symptoms were due to too much acid and that the right thing to do is to take antacid supplements (which reduce or neutralize acidity) then think again – that could be the wrong thing to do!

Without sufficient amounts of either stomach acid, digestive symptoms as well as a bacterial imbalance and nutrient deficiencies can arise.

Hypochlorhydria has been associated with:
Candidiasis
• Hip fracture, possibly due to reduced calcium absorption
• Reduced absorption of vitamins and nutrients
• Carcinoid tumors in the digestive tract

Symptoms of hypochlorhydria include:

• Diarrhea
• Anemia
• Abdominal discomfort or bloating
• Reflux

Treatments include: improved eating habits such as sitting down whilst eating and taking the time to chew thoroughly, avoiding stress around meal times, and supplementing with hydrochloric acid, probiotics, digestive enzymes and/or herbs to aid digestion are generally recommended

Some natural remedies include: grapefruit seed extract, garlic, oregano oil. In Ayurvedic medicine Ginger, Tulsi (Holy Basil) and Trikatu are considered a digestive tonic and improve gastric function.

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