Often misdiagnosed as acid reflux, helicobacter pylori (often simply known as h. pylori) is one of the leading bacterial causes of digestive discomfort. In fact, it is the most common bacteria to infect humans. H. pylori is found in the gastric mucosa and the mouth transmitted orally through saliva. The test we offer at Detox House from Nutripath can be used to diagnose the infection or to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. If this infection is left untreated, it may lead to an increased risk of developing ulcers, chronic gastritis, and stomach cancer.
Signs or symptoms associated with helicobacter pylori infection:
- Abdominal pain (mild – severe)
- Abdominal pain that’s worse when your stomach is empty
- Belching and gastric reflux
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Constant bad breath
- Frequent burping
- Bloating and distention
- Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)
H Pylori infection may include a B12 deficiency known as pernicious anemia. Your stomach produces a protein called intrinsic factor which allows the small intestine to absorb B12. H Pylori affects the stomach’s ability to produce intrinsic factors which causes this problem. The main symptoms associated with pernicious anemia are constant fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, swollen tongue and nausea.
H. pylori disrupts the digestive process leading to inflammation throughout the gut and gastrointestinal permeability. This state of leaky gut can also cause iron-deficiency anemia, irritable bowel symptoms with fluctuating diarrhea and constipation and ulcerative colitis.
Since gut health is intimately related to brain health, an H Pylori infection can lead to depression, anxiety and trouble concentrating. Altered digestion also increases food sensitivities and auto-immune reactions. This can lead to any number of auto-immune conditions that are so prevalent in our society today.