Heartburn: Before & After H.Pylori

Feb 24, 2021

My life changed dramatically five or so years ago.

Although many health issues erupted (or got worse) after I started having babies, I had lingering gut  issues for a good 15 or 20 years of my life. Heartburn was nemesis!

Food triggered the heartburn. Stress triggered it. Even paint fumes would flare it up!

But when I first did my own functional medicine lab testing, I finally got to the root cause of the heartburn.

... I was able to get on top of my gut issues, and the other symptoms (physical and mental) that arise when the gut is inflamed. And it was all due to this game-changing functional medicine system that I tried!

Prior to doing functional medicine, I’d tried all sorts of food elimination diets, apple cider vinegar, essential oils, and random gut supplements to try to address my heartburn. 

While some things ‘relieved’ symptoms, the heartburn never disappeared. And sometimes even the lemon essential oil or apple cider vinegar didn’t even help. Even being highly stressed could trigger chronic heartburn for two-months, regardless of how ‘clean’ my diet was.

I was not only feeling inflamed and irritable (from the heartburn), but I was also feeling anxious about the damage the heartburn was causing. Would I develop oesophageal cancer five years down the track? Or would the heartburn lead to more severe nutritional deficiencies that might start affecting my brain or liver function? 

I knew the ‘natural’ support I was doing was only a band-aid effect. It wasn’t getting to the root of the heartburn issues.

When I started doing my own functional medicine lab testing, everything started falling into place! I realised that my adrenal fatigue was causing an abnormal stress response that was literally shutting my digestion down, leading to heartburn. I also discovered a bunch of pathogens on my stool test - including helicobacter pylori, a known pathogen that causes heartburn - that was inflaming my gut. I was ECSTATIC to find the h.pylori, as this was the main underlying cause of my heartburn. There were other imbalances, too, that were contributing to the indigestion. As each part was addressed , the heartburn got better and better!

This kickstarted an amazing transformational journey in my life. It wasn’t just about taking pills, though. To rebalance my gut took a holistic approach - testing, nutraceutical supplements, mindset work, and nutrition & lifestyle changes. It is this process that has now become our Chris & Filly Functional Medicine signature system.


Author: Filipa Bellette, Functional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Nutritionist. Filipa is the Co-Founder of health & wellness practice, Chris & Filly Functional Medicine, which is best known for turning high-performance Mums & Dads into a present, healthy & connected Power Parent...without pepping up on caffeine! With her husband, Chris Bellette, she has worked with over 2,000+ burned-out clients in the last 10 years, with her own passion for Mummy burnout coming from her own personal experience of anxiety and body-breakdown after she had her first baby. She is also a PhD thought-leader, author and award-winner writer in Human Rights. 

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