Restore your gut health after antibiotic use


Antibiotics have been very useful in saving lives and healing disease over the last century. Unfortunately, antibiotics are now being prescribed far too often, according the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Antibiotics are not just upsetting your digestive system, it is actually changing the much needed gut micro-flora. Researchers are just beginning to understand the negative impact of antibiotics on the body’s ability to resist and fight off infection, as well as the overall function and health of your digestive system.

You must focus on taking steps to guard against overusing antibiotics. Only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Ask your physician if your infection is bacterial or viral. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections. All to often, antibiotics are being prescribed for viral infections, especially respiratory infections.

The best practice is to avoid antibiotics as much as possible. If you do need to take an antibiotic there are steps to take to minimize the potential damage to your digestive health. Research has shown it can take anywhere between four weeks to six months to repair digestive microflora damage caused by antibiotics

Below are six tips to reduce the damaging side effects from antibiotics:

1. Load up on probiotics - Take 2-3x the normal dose of a high quality probiotic. High Quality Probiotic

2. Eat more sour foods - Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before each meal. Eat more fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, etc.

3. Eat probiotic foods - Incorporate high quality kefir, yogurt, or kombucha into your diet.

4. Consume bone broth - Protect and heal the gut lining by sipping on bone broth while taking an antibiotic and for several weeks after as well.

5. Avoid using sugar and refined carbs (bread and pasta) - Avoiding sugar and refined carbs is always good advice, but is critical while on antibiotics. Side effects like diarrhea and fungal yeast infections are attributed to using sugar and refined carbs.

6. Reduce stress - High stress levels can cause digestive upset. Reducing unnecessary stressors is always good advice, but especially while taking antibiotics.

Unfortunately, Americans have been overly exposed to antibiotics. Do not feel guilty if you do have to take an antibiotic. Sometimes, it is necessary. Use the tips above and you can significantly reduce the unpleasant consequences of using antibiotics.

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19018661

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4709861/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1473309906704959

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2036.2005.02624.x

https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.html


Janet Steward