Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are a very common type of bacteria that have been around for thousands of years. This stubborn bacteria infect the lining of the stomach, causing many health problems including ulcers and gastritis. In fact, studies show that H. pylori is responsible for about to 80% of all ulcers!
Symptoms of H. pylori include:
- Abdominal pain
- Excessive belching
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bad breath
The H. Pylori Problem
As mentioned, H. pylori is a very common type of bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the world’s population is infected with it.
How is this possible? H. pylori are extremely easy to get – all it takes is sharing a utensil with an infected person. So, if you live with someone who’s infected, it’s highly likely you’ll become infected too and then spread it around without even being aware of your own infection (some people can have H. pylori inside their intestines for their entire lives without knowing).
The worst part? Once you get H. pylori, it can be very hard to get rid of it.
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for treating H. pylori infection, and although they work just fine for some people, they have their side effects. For one, some people are already resistant to antibiotics, and some experience re-occurring infection even after they’re clear.
There are many natural treatments for H. pylori infection which can be practiced alongside your conventional therapy or as a stand-alone treatment if the antibiotics are not working for you.
Studies show that broccoli sprouts are highly effective against H. pylori. To be more precise, a compound called sulforaphane found in broccoli is what decreases H. pylori infection, inflammation, and as a side bonus, it has anticancer properties.
To use broccoli as your weapon against H. pylori, you can prepare this simple but effective remedy.
- 250 ml of boiled water
- 3-4 medium broccoli sprouts
- A pinch of salt.
Wash your broccoli thoroughly and put it in a blender. Add cooled, previously boiled water and a pinch of salt, and blend until you get a smooth consistency.
Drink every morning before breakfast for at least a month. To really kick H. pylori out of your system, make a cup of high-quality green tea with a teaspoon of raw honey and drink it after your broccoli smoothie.