If you are curious to know what unites us with our ancestors who lived over 500,000 years ago, then the answer is not far from to go. Actually, it is inside more than two-thirds of the population around the world. Already close to the answer? Hardly, only if you happen to think about the legacy of bacterial tribes settled in our guts from the ancient times. One of them is Helicobacter pylori.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is one of the most persistent strains, which has overcome multiple turns of evolution to pursue sabotage activity in your gastrointestinal environment. H. pylori is the primary cause of chronic gastrointestinal symptoms, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, duodenal and peptic ulcer, gastritis and gastric cancer. It is very important to identify a scope of its influence to prevent a further growth of the bacteria that can develop into serious problems. For this purpose, Chen Ben Asher Wellness Clinic conducts a series of tests that break down a total in-gut bacterial population into the main categories, namely: Bacterial Pathogens, H. pylori, Normal Bacterial Flora, Opportunistic Bacteria, Parasites and Fungi/Yeast. As it seen, the identification of H. pylori is an integral part of testing, and it has more than enough evidence.
How H. pylori infects you?
The most common trigger that sparks H. pylori exposure originates from childhood due to the lack of regular hygiene and fledgling intestinal linings. These bacteria are characterized by an extremely strong survival ability. H. pylori can change the highly acidic environment around itself, allowing the bacteria colonies to survive in the digestive stomach acids. By sticking to the stomach linings, H. pylori is gradually destroying mucous membrane and its protective layer of the stomach, thereby creating holes through which gastric acid begins to dissolve the tissues themselves. Such an aggressive bacterial behavior leads to ulcers that provoke further bleeding, poor digestion and infections.
When to start worrying?
The chance that you are a carrier of H. pylori bacteria is about 70 to 30 percent not in your favor. At the same time, in many cases, the bacteria can coexist with the host body without showing any signs of its presence. But if the unfriendly inhabitant is beginning to show a hostile activity, it can become visible in a number of symptoms, such as:
- dull or burning pain in your belly
- excessive hunger burping
- bloating feeling
- nausea and vomiting
- bad appetite
- breath smell
These symptoms could share impermanent nature when you feel discomfort only while your stomach is empty. For example, some symptoms can appear after a long pause between your breakfast and the next meal or in the middle of the night.
When to shout the alarm?
In more severe cases, when H. pylori has already dealt a harm to the protective membranes, the symptoms become really life-threatening. Initially emerged ulcers may develop into perforating wounds on the stomach or intestines, which leads to infection of the whole organism and some other signs such as:
- dark red or black stool and vomit
- disturbing bleeding
- difficulty breathing
- dizziness and fainting
- irresistible fatigue
- pale skin color
- sharp and severe pain in the belly
- drastic weight loss
Without a single doubt, if you are experiencing at least one of these symptoms, you should immediately consult a specialist.
Relevant testing entails a solution
Quite possibly, even if you didn’t have any of symptoms above and hard to remember one, an ordinary blood or stool test still may indicate the presence of H. pylori in your body. What more important, the mere presence of bacteria will tell you a little of what you need to know about the potential danger of H. pylori. Only specific tests that determine a whole in gut bacterial balance can show a comprehensive look at your health and highlight the clear signs of dangerous tendencies inside of your body. For this purpose, Chen Ben Asher Wellness Clinic offers you the most relevant tests to determine not only H. pylori bacteria presence but also an all-around metabolic snapshot of entire bacterial environment that influences your health.
You can check the list and examine each one:
- Food Sensitivity Delayed Test – determine slightest gastrointestinal deviation and food allergies that can contribute to the destruction of the gastric barrier linings, provoking and complicating H. pylori activity
- DNA Analysis – provide accurate definition of H. pylori genotype that shows predisposition to threaten your health
- Organic Acid Test – evaluate a total bacterial balance to make a conclusion about the necessity to introduce antibacterial nutrition plan with supplements
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis – measure beneficial bacteria levels, intestinal immune function, overall intestinal health, and inflammation markers to show if H. pylori affects your health in a negative way
In the end, it’s you to decide, whether to tolerate symptoms or to address them straight and effective. But please consider this: every time you do not contribute to your health, you do contribute to the illness. To be one step ahead of the disease means to find the cause before it caused. Test your bacteria before they start to test you. Be ahead, be healthy.