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Luckily, our stomachs are lined by a thick layer of mucus to protect us from the acid and the enzyme pepsin that it produces. The mixing motion of the stomach, along with the acid and the breakdown of protein by the pepsin, turns the bolus (the food you just swallowed) into a liquid substance called chyme, which in turn is then slowly released into the small intestine. For a full meal, this process takes approximately two to three hours.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium that can inhabit various parts of the stomach, particularly the bottom of the stomach (antrum) and pyloric sphincter which separates the stomach and the duodenum. H. pylori is often linked to duodenal and gastric ulcers, and the development of stomach cancer as it causes chronic, low-level inflammation of the stomach lining.
In our culture of instant gratification, we’re led to believe that fast equals effective. So when it comes to choosing treatment for digestive problems it’s tempting to take the convenient approach and opt for conventional medication. And why not? It usually offers immediate relief of symptoms. Makes sense, right?