How Functional Medicine and the Paleo Diet Can Address H. Pylori
A majority of world’s population have H. Pylori bacteria living in their stomach. This damaging bacterium has been revealed to be the main source of fatigue and other common health complaints. H. Pylori invades and damages the stomach’s protective mucus layer, thereby leaving your stomach susceptible to ulcers.
The Harmful Effects of H. Pylori
H. Pylori is commonly transferred by sharing food and drinks with other people, and multiplies very quickly through the saliva. Those with a weak immune system and other health issues are particularly susceptible to contamination.
H. Pylori is the primary cause of poor digestion and stomach ulcers. This bacterium impedes on the stomach’s capability to manufacture mucus, and irritates the inner lining of the stomach. The irritation turns out to be so severe that it leads to the pathogenesis of stomach ulcers. More than 80% of gastric ulcers are due to H. Pylori. This bacterium, if left untreated, can lead to stomach cancer.
H. Pylori Causes Fatigue
H. Pylori can cause fatigue by blocking your ability to absorb vitamin B12 and iron. As we know, the two common causes of anemia are a vitamin B12 or an iron deficiency. This means that if you’re taking B12 and iron for anemia but still aren’t seeing results, you might have an H. Pylori infection.
Role of Functional Medicine
The gut walls possess more than 70% of the cells that build up your immune
Role of Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet focuses on eating natural food that is extensively available. If you’re suffering from H. Pylori infection, here are some great foods to incorporate into your diet:
- Quality meats – Such as grass-fed beef and lamb, and wild sockeye salmon.
- Eggs – Pastured eggs, the yolks will be a deep, rich yellow-orange color.
- Fresh Organic Vegetables and Berries
- Natural oils –Avocado and Coconut oil are some of the best.
If you’re suffering from any digestive issues or fatigue, addressing the health of your gut with the help of a functional medicine practitioner should be your first course of action.
By treating any gut infections and optimizing your diet, you can reduce your symptoms by addressing the root issues.