H. pylori is the most prevalent pathogenic bacteria in humans, often present in the esophagus and stomach. This microbe inhibits stomach acid secretion and is linked to acid reflux and other digestive symptoms. Coconut oil is a healthy fat with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. A few small studies suggest that lauric acid in coconut oil can help reduce H. pylori overgrowth, while also soothing the gut and healing esophageal damage. Caution: use coconut and other oils in small quantities, as too much fat and fatty foods can actually aggravate GERD.
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