Question: Is there a method of treating h pylori or preventing it from reoccurring? I had this problem and was treated for it a few years ago. I now have it again. Is there something I can do to prevent this problem?
Helicobacter pylori is a type of bacterium that tends to overgrow when our stomach acidity is low. Overgrowth of H. pylori also tends to cause a reduction in stomach acidity, thereby allowing H. pylori to proliferate. This nasty infiltration increases the likelihood of colonization of the stomach and small intestine by other unwelcome organisms as well. The end result is heartburn, gastritis, duodenal ulcer or gastric ulcer. H. pylori infections can also lead to some forms of arthritis (calcification, spurs), iron deficiency anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency. H. pylori is even associated with heart disease, gum disease, rosacea, asthma and chronic headaches or migraines. Natural treatment options for H. pylori overgrowth:
- Mastica gum is a wonderful natural agent to restore healthy bacterial balance and heal the digestive tract.
- Berberine is a natural antibiotic, good for treating travellerâ€™s diarrhea as well as H. pylori. Look for a high quality supplement.
- Oregano oil is helpful in either a capsule or drop form.
- Hydrochloric acid supplements should be taken with each meal to suppress the growth of H. pylori.
- Digestive enzymes (including pancreatic enzymes, plant-based enzymes, papaya, bromelain or pepsin) should be taken with each meal to aid nutrient absorption.
- Test your B12 levels. Optimal values are greater than 600 in the blood. Treatment should continue for eight weeks. Tests for H. pylori levels should be completed both before and after treatment. You may require additional treatment with antibiotics if your levels still do not return to normal. Be sure to follow all antibiotics with a high potency probiotic supplement.
Question: If I start taking fish oil is it necessary or is there any benefit to still taking flax seeds (I grind it up and put 1 tbsp in my breakfast smoothie or cereal each morning)?
Answer: Flax seeds are a wonderful source of fiber and an omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), whereas fish oil contains two omega-3s that are especially important for reducing inflammation, boosting cognitive health, and even fat loss: EPA and DHA. I definitely recommend having both in your diet. Adding 2 to 3 tablespoons (30–45 mL) of flaxseed to your smoothies, oatmeal, salads or cereals daily can provide a dose of 4 g of fibre and essential fatty acids. Be sure to purchase ground flaxseed in a vacuum-sealed package and store in the freezer before it spoils, or grind your own.
Question: Why do you recommend the liver cleanse (a glass of lemon juice mixed in warm water) in the morning?
Can it be cold water? Can I drink it during another part of the day. Are limes as effective? My favourite summer drink is low sodium soda and fresh lime juice. Is this beneficial or is the soda harmful?
Answer: A nice mug of warm lemon water upon rising and/or prior to meals can cleanse your livers, stimulate the flow of digestive juices and reduce body acidity. Lemon in cold water isn’t as soothing to your digestive system. Low sodium soda, while thirst quenching, does not provide the same cleansing effect (however there is no harm in drinking it with meals).
Question: Hi there, I am an obese 50 year old. I have lost some weight in last two years but still have a lot more to lose. Any suggestion on a natural weight loss product or a hunger suppressant?
Answer: The two most important steps to breaking past a plateau are altering your eating habits and changing your exercise program in ways that challenge your body and shake things up (I recommend following the detox and exercise guidelines outlined in The Supercharged Hormone Diet). You must also evaluate your lifestyle (honestly) and any negative symptoms you may be experiencing to determine your sources of interference. In addition, here are a few ideas to help you power past a plateau: Add in 1,000 mg of tyrosine each morning on an empty stomach (avoid if you have high blood pressure), increase your activity level, add in regular weight training sessions to boost the number of calories your body burns daily, try cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, keep a food journal and have a nutritionist review it, and finally, drink plenty of water! Products such as green tea extract, high dose fish oil and CLA are also great additions to a fat loss program. Taking a non-psyllium fiber supplement twice daily in your smoothies or in a large glass of water will also keep your appetite at bay. Good luck!
Question: I have an 18 yr old daughter who has had severe acne for the last 3 yrs. She has been on anti-biotics and prescriptions cream on and off for those 3 yrs. We were if there was something “natural” we could try. We don’t like the idea of all these medications but we need to do something. Thanks so much for your time!
Answer: There are fundamental dietary guidelines and supplements that should be included in any treatment plan for optimal results.
There is controversy over whether or not dietary habits have any influence on the frequency or severity of acne or related skin conditions. So many references say there is no correlation between the two, however in my practice I have found that the removal of dairy products, caffeine, gluten, reducing the intake of chocolate and avoiding sugar as much as possible are all effective. A great starting place would be the detox diet outlined in The Hormone Diet or The Supercharged Hormone Diet.
Eating a healthy ratio of protein and low glycemic carbohydrates with each meal and snack can also balance blood sugar and subsequently stress hormones, both of which may reduce acne. Finally, be sure to include natural anti-inflammatory, healthy fats in your diet such as olive oil and fish oils. Avoid unhealthy oils like peanut, soy, vegetable or hydrogenated oils which will increase inflammation in the skin and worsen the problem.
As far as supplements are concerned, regardless of the cause of your acne one should include zinc 25-50mg per day, vitamin A 10,000-50,000IU per day (not to be taken by women who may be pregnant or attempting to conceive), vitamin C 1000-3000mg per day, and MSM 2000-4000mg per day for healing, collagen formation and tissue repair.
I also strongly recommend a probiotic supplement, taken daily upon rising and before bed. Healthy bacterial balance in our digestive tract is easily affected by poor dietary habits and by the use of medications such as birth control pills, corticosteroids and antibiotics and can contribute to skin conditions.
Wishing you perfect balance,
Response by Natasha Turner ND
Question: I was wondering what do you think about chia Seeds? I was thinking of getting some.
Answer: Chia seed is a gluten-free ancient grain that can be added to just about any food. On a per gram basis, chia seed is touted to be:
• The highest source of omega-3s in nature with 65 per cent of
its total fat from omega-3 fatty acids.
• The highest source of fibre in nature – 35 per cent (90 per cent
of which is insoluble and 10 per cent of which is soluble).
• Abundant in the minerals magnesium, potassium, folic acid,
iron and calcium.
• A complete source of all essential amino acids and bioavailable
• A great choice for a carbohydrate-conscious eater. The carbs found in chia seeds are mostly insoluble fibre, which means they have few calories and are terrific for digestion.
And then there are the hormonal benefits: chia seed stabilizes blood sugar, manages the effects of diabetes, improves insulin sensitivity and aids symptoms related to metabolic syndrome, including
imbalances in cholesterol, blood pressure and high blood sugar after meals. Chia seed is highly anti-inflammatory and reduces high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, a blood marker of inflammation. I recommend adding 1 – 2 tablespoons in your smoothies or on top of salads or entrees daily.
Wishing you perfect balance,
Question: Hello. I am wondering about herb medicine for menopause to help me go through this time. Thank you.
Answer: Initially, it is best to address menopausal concerns with a diet high in phytoestrogenic foods such as soy products (not more than one serving per day), flaxseeds, alfalfa, beans and lentils, apples, carrots, wheat germ, pomegranates, rice bran, berries, oats and barley. If symptoms are not resolved, herbal medicines containing phytoestrogens, used alone or in combination and with the guidance of a health care provider, are your next option. These products are available at most health food stores and should be purchased in standardized form and taken on an empty stomach for maximum effectiveness. Options may include:
Red Clover: Clover extracts taken at a dose of 160 mg isoflavones/day produce significant beneficial effects and offer cancer protection.
Dong quai: Dong quai may be of assistance with hot flashes and vaginal dryness especially when used in combination with the herbs black cohosh and chasteberry. A typical dose is 400 to 800 mg/day in capsule form or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp liquid extract three times a day.
Black Cohosh: Black cohosh does not actually contain phytoestrogens, however, several studies, including one presented in The Journal of Women’s Health have reported that it provides safe and effective relief of hot flashes and possible mood disorders associated with menopause. Take 200mg twice per day.
I recommend consulting with a natural medicine practitioner to determine the best solution.
Wishing you perfect balance,
Question: I have an important question to ask you…and I hope you can answer me as soon as you can. For the past month or so whenever I wash my hair and brush it my hair starts falling out, it’s thinning out- this never, never happen to me before, and I know it’s not heredity either. I can’t understand why this is happening to me and it’s making me very nervous so I decide to use Florasil and biotin for almost a month, but haven’t really notice a difference. Can you please help me out?
Answer: The first step to determining the treatment for hair loss is to identify the cause, of which there are many, including: poor nutrition, genetics, imbalanced hormones, medications such as chemotherapy, radiation treatment, infections, chronic stress, and rapid weight loss, to name a few. Certain illnesses and diseases can also cause hair loss or hair shedding. Examples include anemia (low iron) or hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels). In most of these cases, hair loss is not permanent.
In all cases of hair loss, it’s also important to ensure that the following blood tests are completed by your doctor in order to determine a cause:
• TSH, free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibodies to assess thyroid gland function. All should be completed to properly diagnose a thyroid condition that may result in excessive hair loss. (Note: Optimally, your TSH should be less than 2.5).
• Ferritin (This is the storage form of iron. Low iron (<70) is a very common cause of hair loss).
• Vitamin B12 and folic acid (either of these nutrients in low levels may cause hair loss).
• Free and total testosterone (high levels of testosterone in women may accelerate hair loss).
• Low estrogen can cause hair loss as well as low progesterone
Also ensure that you are eating a balanced diet (crash dieting will cause hair loss), taking high quality vitamins and managing stress through yoga, regular exercise and meditation.
You are right on the money to assume that easy bruising can be a sign of nutritional deficiency. A deficiency of vitamin C, iron and vitamin K is usually associated with easy bruising. I would look for a vitamin C product which contains bioflavonoids, like Ultra C 1000 by Metagenics. Bioflavonoids enhance the activity of vitamin C in the body. After a few months, you will notice that the bruising will improve. I had this problem myself and it’s gone now with the use of supplements. Before taking iron, I would recommend that you see your doctor to ask for an assessment of your levels. Ferritin is the name of the test that you should inquire about. If it is discovered that you need to take iron, take iron citrate at the same time as your vitamin C. The vitamin C will enhance the absorption of iron and the citrate form is non-constipating. Also, in any case of easy bruising, you want to ask your doctor for a complete blood count (CBC) to ensure your platelet levels (clotting factors) and level of red blood cells are normal.
Vitamin K should not be taken if you have a history of an increased risk of blood clotting or if you’re taking blood thinning medications. If you are free and clear of these risk factors, adding chlorophyll to your water each day can be a good way to pump up your vitamin K.
Q: My husband has an acute case of dandruff. Now, it has been a year or so that the dandruff has become severe. Before then, it was not so severe. He has tried professional hair products, but the dandruff still persists. Can you suggest any products or treatments because he is really embarrassed by this problem?
A: Dandruff is a troublesome, often embarrassing, problem. Dandruff is a natural process caused by the turnover of skin cells on the scalp. It becomes more of an issue when this process speeds up, resulting in flakes on our collars and combs.