What if we tell you there is a bacterium that has infected two thirds of the population? You will most likely laugh it off and think we are crazy. However, the truth is there is an intestinal bacterium out there that has constantly causing health problems, even for decades now.
Have any of you ever heard of H Pylori, also known as Helicobacter Pylori? Chances are you have not heard of it, and that is not your fault by any mean. This bacterium is a asymptomatic intestinal bacteria and it is hard to detect without having some proper medical examination.
How can you tell?
It is also well known for its embarrassing symptoms, among which are bloating, burping, esophageal reflux, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence and upper and mid-abdominal pain. Many people have hard time relating these symptoms to this bacterium and that is why many people think such symptoms are pretty normal bodily functions.
However, H Pylori is the leading cause of gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). The bacterium is responsible for almost 90% of all duodenal ulcers and almost 80% of all gastric ulcers. Helicobacter Pylori can also lead to a number of non-digestive conditions, such as migraines, cardiovascular disorders and Raynaud’s disease, which represents an impaired circulation in the feet and hands.
This bacterium could also cause anxiety and depression. This is due to the fact that H Pylori can cause a lack of serotonin in the brain. Now you ought to understand why so many people often feel uncomfortable while in public places; when this type of bacterium is living inside of them.
It can happen to you too
When you do not have a clue what is going on inside of your body it can be pretty hard concentrating and managing a problem like this. This spiral-shaped bacterium primarily resides in the stomach lining of both animals and humans. Mostly this is not associated with causing problems such as depression and anxiety. However, the bacterium is working in sneaky ways so it changes the way you feel and without you even giving much thought about it.
Many people catch Helicobacter Pylori by ingesting contaminated water of any kind of food. This happens via fecal matter. You could be at risk of contracting Helicobacter Pylori because of people, who prepare your food, not washing their hands. This is why you need to make sure you check the conditions of the restaurant you enter, but also the cleanliness of your own home. Trust us, you do not want to move around while carrying this intestinal bacteria, which might possibly disrupt your life.
What can you do about it?
On the positive side, 80% of the patients who have had H Pylori, were successfully treated. Antibiotics are also extremely useful in such cases. However, you should consult your doctor before you start a therapy in order to receive a proper prescription. In most cases you will not need taking any antibiotics, but, however, for the sake of the issue it would be best to seek medical attention.
Maintaining a good and healthy diet is also highly important for keeping this bacterium as far away from your stomach as possible. Make sure to get plenty of vitamins, such as, A, C and E, which would be great start. You should also take zinc, which protects the stomach lining, and try probiotics, like bifidobacterium and lactobacillus in order to protect your organism.
The initial source of Helicobacter Pylori is not entirely known, but there are recommendations to help you avoid this problem. Make sure you always maintain good hygiene; washing your hands more often, as well as drinking plenty of water from a safe source.
You must be careful from now on! If you feel like you are at risk of getting H Pylori you should immediately contact your doctor and go through a proper examination. You must remember that you can never be too careful with your health especially when it comes to problems such as this, which could possibly cause a problem for your work or social life.
Sources and References:
Other included sources linked in FHFN’s article: