What Is The Best Diet To Treat Helicobacter Pylori?

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Greetings. Welcome back. It’s Eric Bakker,
naturopath from New Zealand, author of Candida
Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range
of dietary supplements. This is another video
in this series of helicobacter. We just did
one previously on helicobacter treatment.
How to treat naturally. We’ve done other videos
on how to prevent getting it, risk factors,
testing, diagnosing, the causes, all that
sort of stuff, so this is a whole series on
H. pylori. If you just come in and watch the
video, please be sure to watch the other videos
as well.
We spoke briefly about the diet in the previous
video, natural treatment. I’ve just spent
a good half an hour looking at different blog
sites on helicobacter treatment, the best
diet, and some of the information I’ve seen
is just crap. It’s just absolute junk. I don’t
know how people can put this stuff up on the
internet. One website actually said it’s perfectly
okay to drink a little bit of beer if you’ve
got helicobacter. Another website said that
you can eat copious amounts of fruits. Is
it any wonder people get all screwed up and
they come to me and they read all this ridiculous
advice? There are so many people out there
who think they know about helicobacter, but
how many patients have they actually treated
with this condition. How many people have
they spoken to who actually treat this condition
for 30/40 years, a long time?
Some of the colleagues I have, have been treating
helicobacter since the moment it was discovered,
right back in the �80s and they’ve been
looking at the best ways of eradicating it.
The information I’m going to share with you
on this video is quite important and it’s
based on my experience with helicobacter for
over 20 years. But also experiences that I
have learned and knowledge I’ve gained from
people that have been in the business a lot
longer than me.
There is no clearly defined diet for helicobacter
pylori. Let’s just get that right at the start.
There is no like magic diet that’s going to
cure it. As I mentioned over and again in
my previous videos, you will not cure helicobacter
with a pill alone. You need to work with a
diet plan, so you need to eat certain kinds
of foods that are conducive towards building
you up. The most important thing that I explain
at the beginning is with helicobacter food
or choices. You need to obviously avoid the
foods that are aggravating you the most. The
foods that make you feel sick in any way,
you need to push them aside, and I want you
to be intelligent about this. In fact, get
a piece of paper and write all the foods you
like to eat on a list.
A pad like this, you write down all the foods
here. Write them all down. And then what you
do�all the foods, cucumber, Budweiser beer,
Hersey’s chocolate, Xanax pills, I’m being
facetious here, Kentucky Fried Chicken. If
you do like treats or naughty foods or take
away or anything like that, just write that
all down, too. Every single thing that you
eat. It’s good if you can break down into
different vegetables as well. You should only
come up maybe with one or two pieces of paper.
What you do then is a column on the right,
you draw a line down it. And then what you
need to do is write 1, 2 or 3 in that column
by each food. For example, 1 means you’re
fine with that food; 2 means it might give
you a little bit of trouble; 3 means that
“Wow, I can’t touch this. I’m getting a lot
of problems with this food.”
Garlic, for example, could make you feel like
a 3 and feel terrible. Cucumber could make
you feel like a 3. Bell peppers or capsaicin
could make you feel like a 3. Potatoes could
make you feel like a 1, no problem. This is
a very smart thing to do. Very smart. Because
if you put the date on this and put all the
foods down and grade them on severity on how
they make you feel from 1 to 3, any way you
want to grade, 1 through 10. I don’t care
how you grade it. This is smart because now
you’ve got a baseline. Now you know how your
diet or the foods that you’re eating are affecting
you. Because what you’re going to find out
in 6 or 12 months from now with treatment
is it won’t be the same. Some of the foods
that are making you feel like crap, in six
months, may not be so bad. In one year, you
may be perfectly fine to eat them.
I’m always keen for people to test and measure
their treatment. It’s an intelligent approach.
If someone gives you advice on a diet, there
should be some way for them or for you to
measure the response if that diet is going
to work or not. So please try to grade the
foods that you’re currently eating. And in
time, you can check that again. Either monthly,
weekly or six months, whatever you determine
is the right thing for you.
When we look at the food approach, there’s
a couple of important things that you need
to understand with helicobacter. It is a bacteria
and it is going to live in competition with
many other different kinds of bacteria. It
is going to change the function of the stomach.
It is going to change the way your whole digestive
system works. I found people with H. pylori
have even altered ability to taste. Like certain
foods don’t taste right for them, and they
start eating around this bug. They may eat
too quick or too slow. They may be drinking
fluid with their food. They may have some
bad habits that developed around this bug.
They may be popping an antacid into their
mouth five minutes before they eat food because
they don’t want to get indigestion. You know
what I mean, so you need to carefully think
about that.
Maybe if you’ve got this problem, you can
ask your partner or friend if they notice
anything about you around meal times, burping
or bloating or medication taking or things
like that. Some changes may need to be made.
If you’re currently taking an acid blocker
like a PPI or some kind of drug that coats
the gut, shields it, you may need to be aware
that this is affecting you quite a lot. Particularly,
if you’ve been doing it a long time. You probably
suffer from fatigue. You may suffer from sleeping
disturbances and other problems. You may suffer
from some anxiety and depression. It is also
important to say you need to get off these
drugs. You can’t stay on these medications.
If you really want to get the tummy well,
you need to cut back these medications.
One of the most important foods I like people
to take to start with when they’ve got heartburn
is some raw cabbage juice. This is something
I’ve taught many people over the years. I’ve
had really good feedback from. You get two
or three green cabbage leaves and you juice
them. You do this in the morning. I want you
to promise me that you’re going to do it for
one or two weeks straight without failure.
Get a juicer or blender or some machine that
whizzes things up, mash up these two or three
leaves and try to come up with one or two
tablespoons of cabbage juice. That cabbage
juice needs to be consumed on an empty stomach
first thing in the morning before any food
hits the gut, before you have a cigarette
or a coffee, whatever you do, you have that
cabbage juice.
What that does is it coats the stomach. It
contains different kinds of fibers and sugars
that actually feed up the beneficial bacteria.
It lines the gut, but it also has a very special
healing substance in it, which they don’t
really understand what it is. It reduces inflammation.
It heals ulceration. I can tell you, I’ve
got so many grateful people out there in the
United States and many other countries that
have come back and told me, “Eric, the best
thing you ever told me was the cabbage juice.
I can’t believe how much comfort I’ve got
in the gut since I took it onboard.” Some
patients actually do it twice a day. They
do it in the morning and they do it in the
afternoon. That’s up to you, but I want you
to do it for at least 10 to 14 days straight.
And if you get benefit from it, stick with
it for a bit longer.
Why is this important? Because eventually
it’s going to get you off Nexium. It’s going
to get you off Pepto Bismol. It’s going to
get you off Tums. It’s going to get you off
all those stupid drugs. That’s the whole idea
is to reduce your dependency on medication.
That is going to be a turning point in your
life when you finally reduce the medication.
That’s the beginning of you to start getting
energized and feeling alive all over again.
We just spoke in the previous video, it’s
important to eat foods with antibacterial
component about them. Now, a lot of fresh
foods have this, but some of my favorite ones
are onions, the onion family. Leeks, shallots,
scallions, spring onion, chives, garlic, any
of that family. There are different ways you
can eat those. You can stem it, bake it, boil
it, juice it, and stew it, whatever way you
can. Try to get some of the allium family
into your digestive system once or twice per
day. I grow large amounts of these sorts of
foods and I consume every day. There’s no
surprise why the Greeks ate these foods a
long, long time ago because they are very
healthy foods. People ate a lot of peas and
spinach and allium family going back even
three or four thousand years. People knew
the health benefits of these foods.
Leeks and onions in particular, brown onions,
red onions, very, very well for the stomach.
Good tip. Try to have some leek soup or some
onions in your diet. If you’re worried about
gas and stuff like that, over a period of
time, as the beneficial bacteria numbers increase
and the pathogenic or the bad bacteria go
down, that should disappear. You shouldn’t
get so much bloating or gas and things like
that. If you notice a lot of gas when you
change your diet, it’s often because you’ve
put too much food into the gut that the bacteria
can’t cope with.
If you’ve ever driven your car up a hill and
pushed the accelerator down really hard, jammed
it down and the engine went oo-hoo, oo-hoo,
your engine was coughing and it was all smoke
blowing out of the exhaust pipe. The amount
of fuel you put into the engine was way exceeding
what the motor could actually do with that
fuel. Some people’s digestive systems are
like that. They put way too much food in that
the body’s not quite ready to handle yet because
it hasn’t had experience with that food, for
example, or it’s overloaded the stomach or
it hasn’t been chewed properly, so just be
aware of that.
Antibacterial foods, as I mentioned in a previous
video, also include the fresh herbs. Rosemary,
marjoram, thyme, basil, mints are also quite
good for bacteria, lemon balm, there are many
different kinds of fresh herbs that you can
grow and put into salads and into your own
food. These are going to work quite well.
You can also put them in juices. Some of these
herbs juice up quite well. I find that basil
is quite nice with spinach and apple and ginger
and things like that. Very antibacterial.
Turmeric, ginger and garlic, three really
good things to add to your diet. Cultured
and fermented foods we spoke about. You need
to pick the one that you like.
I’m not a big fan of kombucha at all with
stomach problems, so I push kombucha aside.
Kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut are my three
favorite ones. Those are the ones I recommend
you regularly add to your diet. Seaweed is
actually good for the stomach. There are certain
types of seaweed like wakame is very good
for the stomach. Why is it so? Again, these
things contain certain types of carbohydrates
in them that really help the stomach. We’ve
got a lot of wakame growing here in the south
island of New Zealand. It’s considered to
be quite good for the gut.
Healthy, fresh foods in general are what we’re
talking about. Green foods. And as I mentioned,
the neutral grains. I see them as neutral
like brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth.
Those grains I find quite acceptable for the
stomach. I don’t believe you should have to
avoid gluten when you’ve got a helicobacter
infection, but you need to certainly be careful
of the allergenic foods in your diet. If you
follow my Candida Crusher approach, you’ll
find that I’ve put people on the MEVY diet
first, meat, eggs, vegetables, yogurt and
part two is the low allergy approach. That’s
what I’m going to recommend for you quite
strongly because of the inflammation and the
antibody production in the stomach, you want
to avoid cow’s milk strictly with helicobacter
pylori. You want to avoid cream. You want
to avoid cheese to a high degree. Don’t eat
a lot of cheese. All cow products. In fact,
be careful of lactose in general, even if
it’s goat milk. Just be careful of lactose
containing milks. You’re probably okay with
almond milk or a nut milk. Eggs, you’ll probably
be okay with eggs unless you’ve got allergies.
Bananas not too good with helicobacter pylori.
Chocolate, definitely not. Alcohol, definitely
not good. Sugar in any form definitely not
good. You need to try to avoid most sugars.
You can experiment with a little bit of Manuka
honey as long as it’s got a very high UMF
factor or the unique Manuka factor. If you’ve
got a factor range of 20 or higher, which
is quite expensive, you can experiment with
a little bit of that, like two teaspoons per
day. Just take that off the spoon on an empty
stomach and see how that makes your tummy
feel. I’ve had some quite incredible feedback
from some patients who took two to three teaspoons
of Manuka honey per day on an empty stomach.
If you’ve got SIBO or Candida, probably not
a good idea. If you’ve just got an H. pylori
infection or an upper digestive issue, try
the Manuka honey. That’s going to work quite
well for you.
There are many other ways around H. pylori,
natural treatment, when it comes to diet.
I did mention the vitamin B-12. That’s another
important one for you to get checked out.
Remember we said that in a previous video?
Get the B-12 checked out. Here’s another interesting
one you can try is aloe vera. The plant aloe
vera, just grow some and use some of the chunky
pulp out of the leaves in water because that’s
quite soothing for the whole digestive system.
It works particularly well in the colon, but
it’s also good for the stomach. That can really
help to soothe the inflammation.
Follow my Candida Crusher approach when it
comes to the diet and I think that’s going
to help you to a large degree. That’s probably
the diet I’d be looking at. As I mentioned
at the beginning of the video, please do a
little bit of writing down and measuring the
response of the foods you currently have and
this will be a good yardstick for you. As
you improve, you’ll notice that the severity
of the aggravation will reduce more and more
over time.
Thanks for tuning in.

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