Is the bacteria H pylori our friend or enemy?
Approximately half of the world’s population live with a bacteria in their gut called Helicobacter pylori, most of whom are completely unaffected by it. A small percentage of people develop health issues because of it. In fact, there are people who benefit from this bacteria as well! How can H. pylori have such conflicting roles in human health?
Each person is different, each body reacts in different ways, depending on your immune system, which is precisely what dictates whether your body will accept the H. pylori as a friend, or an enemy.
Whereas H pylori was previously considered a big problem, researchers are starting to find that perhaps there is a different way to view and treat this bacteria. When taking antibiotics, H Pylori is destroyed along with other beneficial bacteria. The rise in the modern-day tendency to ingest antibiotics for many unidentified or misdiagnosed infections has come hand in hand with a rise in obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, and asthma.
It seems that the absence of these bacteria might actually be producing negative outcomes for our health.
Now a bacteria that was thought solely to contribute gastritis, ulcers and gastric cancer may be seen in an entirely new light.
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