Benefits of Probiotics – Probiotics and Antibiotics: Healing Yourself!
Heal After Antibiotics: Antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed treatments in the United States. Public health officials have been protesting this for years, urging doctors to lessen their dependence on antibiotics in an effort to thwart super bugs and other antibiotic resistant ailments from taking hold.
According to one theory put forth by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, Western medicine’s (and our food industry’s) over indulgence with antibiotics is one of the causing factors contributing to epidemic levels of auto-immune diseases and illnesses, including autism, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, and even cancer.
However, the fact remains that if a malady has been left untreated for long enough an antibiotic may be the only course of treatment that will work effectively and efficiently. In that case, there are some steps you’ll want to take to replenish the good bacteria (probiotics) in your gut so that once your antibiotic treatment is over the bad bacteria won’t beat them to the punch and contribute to more long term health issues that could arise in the future.
Heal After Antibiotics Step 1:
During your course of antibiotics, supplement with one (or all, if possible) of the following probiotic strains:
- Saccharomyces boulardii biocodex (the Florastor brand) helps to prevent C.diff infections (5) and even helps those who tend to have recurrent C.diff infections.
- VSL #3 (a probiotic supplement with a number of probiotic strains) has also been shown to reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
- Lactobacillus GG (found in the Culturelle supplement) has been shown to reduce the occurrence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, as well.
Benefits of Probiotics: Although antibiotics kill any and all bacteria present, supplementing with probiotics during antibiotic treatment may prevent or lessen diarrhea and other unpleasant side effects of antibiotic treatment. It may also protect your gut from an overgrowth of candida (yeast), which is not affected by antibiotic treatments.
Benefits of Probiotics Suggestions – Once your course of antibiotic treatment is complete, immediately follow up with the following:
- Continue supplementing with a therapeutic grade probiotic (we recommend Bio-Kult or Ultimate Gut Health, but there are many other good probiotics on the market) for a few months following your antibiotic treatment
- Now that the bad bacteria are theoretically gone, now’s a great time to eat plenty of home made collagen rich bone broth! This will help strengthen your stomach lining and heal your digestive tract
- Consume plenty of fermented foods, including organic plain whole milk yogurt, kefir (preferably raw), kimchi, naturally fermented pickles
As always, consult your physician for their recommendations following your antibiotic treatment, but all of the above should be continued for at least a month after your prescription has ended. It would be wise to continue diligently for a few months, and ideal to continue these habits as a part of your lifestyle to maintain a healthy digestive tract and prevent pathogens from causing chronic ailment.
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GAPS™ Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, Medinform Publishing; Revised & enlarged edition (November 15, 2010)