Helicobacter pylori is the bacteria responsible for many common stomach complaints, such as gastritis, gastric and peptic ulcers and, in some cases, stomach cancer. The bacteria can spread via the food chain and water supply.
Fruit and vegetables
Eating a diet high in vitamin C, including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, has been found to help the body fight off H. pylori bacteria. These foods also contain high levels of antioxidants, which help fight infection.
Plenty of fibre is essential for proper bowel function. Bacteria thrive on sugar, so avoiding added sugars such as those found in chocolate, cakes and soft drinks, is also recommended. Drinking sufficient water will help with hydration and balance the stomach's mucous layer.
Taking a probiotic supplement, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus or Lactobacillus salivarius, will help prevent the bacteria colonising, and also keep it from "attaching" to cell walls. Probiotics are also found in natural "live" yoghurt. Drinking green tea, black tea or red wine has also been shown to fight against this infection.
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