More Than “Just Gas” H.Pylori and Your Gut Health
Could it be H. Pylori?
We’ve all dealt with digestive issues – bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea happen to everyone at one point or another.
But what happens when your short bout of indigestion doesn’t go away? What about when it significantly interferes with your everyday life and activities?
It might be caused by something you have likely never heard about – H. Pylori.
What is H. Pylori?
Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) is a bacteria that can live inside your stomach. An H. Pylori infection happens when that bacteria infects your stomach.
- Pylori is a gram negative bacterium. Your stomach could be a host to H. Pylori and not even know it. It’s estimated that as many as two-thirds of the population have H. Pylori in their stomach lining. For most people, it just sits there, minding its business and not causing any problems.
For a small group of people, though, it can cause significant problems, including leading to severe illnesses like stomach cancer. An estimated 10 percent of people with H. Pylori will develop an ulcer, which is a painful open sore that grows inside your stomach lining. This can lead to a leaky gut, impacting your gut and brain health.
Signs and Symptoms of H. Pylori
If you have digestive issues, it could be a sign of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial growth) caused by H. Pylori.
Some of the most common symptoms of an H. Pylori infection include:
- Burning pain or aches in your abdomen
- Stomach pain that gets worse when you haven’t eaten
- Loss of appetite
- Frequent burping
- Unintentional weight loss (due to not wanting to eat)
There are also some severe symptoms. If you have any of these, seek immediate care.
- Severe stomach pain that wakes you up at night
- Stools that look bloody or black and tarry
- Vomit that is black or bloody
H. Pylori Causes and Treatment
There isn’t one specific cause of H. Pylori. Instead, it is passed from person to person through saliva (i.e., kissing), contaminated food and water, or direct contact with an infected stool or vomit.
People who live in crowded conditions are more likely to contract H. Pylori than those who live in more open spaces.
The good news is that there are treatment options if you are diagnosed with H. Pylori. Your doctor will likely prescribe multiple antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), available as one pill you take numerous times a day for a few weeks.
Think You Have More Than Just Gas? Get Confidential Testing
The only way to tell definitively that you have H. Pylori is through a test. Because H. Pylori’s symptoms match other types of digestive conditions, the best test to get is a GI-Map test, now available for home use. You can discreetly take this stool test at home and send it to an online lab; no doctor’s visit needed. It’s confidential and affordable.
The GI-Map test will look for parasites, candida, mold, mycotoxins, and other bacteria that may impact your gut health. Remember that gut health is connected to brain health, so getting a GI-Map test could positively impact how you feel mentally and physically every day. Order your at-home stool test today.
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