This month we’re talking about H.pylori  the bacterial stomach infection that can result in serious stomach ulcers, perforated ulcers and debilitating pain.

Apart from using the Digestive Remedy™ , here are 4 natural dietary recommendations you should also be considering when managing the symptoms of H.pylori.

Take probiotics. Probiotics are sources of “good” bacteria and yeasts normally found in the body’s microbiome. This includes species of lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacteria, and the yeast saccharomyces boulardii. You can take these as a supplement (following the manufacturer’s instructions) or in foods. Preliminary evidence suggests this may help fight H. pylori.

Eat pre-biotics.  Include pre-biotics which help support the healthy gut bacteria by providing food for the bacteria 2-3 times a week. Pre-biotic foods include whole grains, onions, bananas, garlic, honey, artichokes, and leeks.

Consume fermented foods. Research has demonstrated that fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi benefit overall health and fight against H. pylori because they contain beneficial yeasts and bacteria known as probiotics. Studies have also shown that cabbage provides effective antibacterial activity against stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori, and broccoli sprouts specifically fight against and control it. H. pylori strains are also inhibited by using fresh garlic, onions and ginger simply as food seasonings, and healthy digestive bacteria remains unharmed.

Good food sources of probiotics are fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha (a fermented tea), tempeh, kimchi and other foods such as yogurt, miso soup, poi, asparagus, leeks, and onions. Include these foods at least 2-3 times a week in your diet.

Use anti-bacterial herbs and spices. Spices such as thyme, cumin, tarragon, cinnamon, allspice and oregano provide strong protection against H. pylori, while spices with moderate antibacterial properties include the capsicum in hot peppers and chillies as well as white pepper, black pepper, anise and celery seed. Additionally, vinegars, such as balsamic, apple cider and wine vinegar, as well as lemon and lime juice help to increase the acidity in the stomach, which helps prevent H. pylori from propagating.