Ki-Ora everyone, Welcome! I'm Helena Davis and this is your health tip of the week. Recently I had a client who had a Helicobacter pylori infection and a stomach ulcer. I thought it’d be good to share some information with you all around this to help you all out. Stay tuned! 

Stomach ulcers occur when your stomach mucosa lining is inflamed. This leads to gastritis, which is a fancy word for inflammation of your stomach lining. 

Helicobacter pylori is bacteria that affects approximately 90% of those with duodenal ulcers and up to 80% of those with stomach ulcers. 

If you have stomach ulcers it’s extremely common to have reflux, due to the protective mechanism that your body adapts to. When you have ulcers your stomach neutralises your stomach pH to protect any ulcers from further damage from an acidic environment. This results in a more alkaline pH in your stomach and you being unable to breakdown your food 100%. Your food and acids just kinda sit there in your tummy and if unable to pass through into your small intestines can repeat on you causing reflux. 

The best way to heal stomach ulcers naturally is by healing your digestive lining to reduce pain and inflammation. If you have a Helicobacter pylori infection it is also essential that you eradicate this bacteria or you will be back to square one after your treatment because you haven’t addressed the root problem. 

Herbs such as slippery elm, marshmallow and aloe vera are all mucilaginous herbs. These types of herbs have a demulcent and healing action of any tissues they come into contact with. This is absolutely essential so that your body can heal itself. It’s also essential to address any imbalances with your digestive enzymes and gut function as a whole. There are many things you can do for this including bitter herbs and taking digestive enzymes. 

If you have stomach ulcers I would encourage you to discuss this with your practitioner so that they can come up with a treatment plan for you to restore your body back to wellness. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this video so leave a comment below. 

Ka kite ano everyone. Thanks for watching. I’m Helena Davis and that is your health tip of the week.

Helena Davis is a gut health expert. As a Naturopath she helps you get more energy, better moods and better digestive health. What she's really about is empowering you to live a symptom free quality life.