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What are some good food choices for H. pylori?

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Those suffering from H. pylori infection should get plenty of fiber in theirs diet through whole grains, fruits and vegetables, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A diet high in fiber both reduces the risk of getting an ulcer and helps to speed recovery from one.

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The H. pylori bacteria is responsible for more than 50 percent of all peptic ulcers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. H. pylori results in open sores in the intestines, stomach and esophagus, leading to loss of appetite, bloating, belching, vomiting and a dull or burning stomach pain between meals. Individuals suffering from symptoms should avoid certain foods, such as spicy dishes containing cayenne and jalapeno peppers, curry, salsa, spicy mustard or miso paste. Pickled foods, such as herring and kimchi can increase the risk of gastric, or stomach, cancer. Additionally, carbonated beverages, coffee and mineral water can increase the production of stomach acid, which increases the risk of ulcer development.

Foods that can help slow the development of H. pylori include fruits such as apples and cranberries or vegetables such as onions, garlic and celery, states the San Francisco Chronicle. Trading refined grains and white flour, such as white rice, egg noodles and pretzels, for brown rice, oatmeal and popcorn helps by increasing fiber intake. Good beverage choices include low-fat milk, herbal tea and flat water.

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