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How To Recover Gut Health After Antibiotics
6 Oct. 2014

taking antibioticsWith the discovery of antibiotics in the late 1920s, a new step in human progress began. Now life threatening bacterial infections that would have killed people in the past can be easily treated and prevented through a simple course of antibiotics.

Their use in stopping the progress of acute diseases is extremely valuable, though antibiotics are not selective in choosing which bacteria to kill. They kill both bad (pathogenic) bacteria and good (beneficial) bacteria with the exception of some antibiotic-resistant species. At the same time they do not affect yeasts such as Candida albicans naturally found in the body. While beneficial bacteria in the intestine are eliminated, yeasts begin to grow attaching to the gut wall and creating lesions in the cell membranes. This leads to the leaky gut syndrome that can result in inflammation, digestive problems, food intolerance and autoimmune disease.

The gut flora contains about 100 trillion of microorganisms and their imbalance leads to dysbacteriosis, which has a huge impact on metabolism and overall health.

When antibiotics are the best course of treatment it is important to take care of the gut health during and after the course of antibiotics. Here is what can be done:

• Eat more gelatin rich foods as homemade bone broths and meat stocks during antibiotics. For example, real chicken soup contains lots of minerals and beneficial amino acids, including glutamine, which helps in repairing the epithelial lining of the intestine.gut
• Eat plenty of vegetables, animal fats, coconut oil and cod liver oil after the termination of treatment with antibiotics.
• Consume more fermented foods and diary during and after the course of treatment with antibiotics, no matter oral or IV. For example, homemade pickle relish, sauerkraut, chutneys, kim-chi, beet kvass and fermented dairy products as kefir, buttermilk, yogurt and sour cream will help to repopulate the gut flora and restore the digestive system.
• Avoid processed dead food and refined carbohydrates.
• Take high-quality multi-species probiotics after the treatment to guide the recovery of the gut.

Furthermore, after eliminating pathogens our body quickly mobilizes and restores homeostasis and intestinal microflora on itself. Therefore no special measures on gut health restoration after antibiotics are needed once the proper drug has been chosen and the right course of administration prescribed. It is just necessary to keep to a nutritious diet. Dairy products and foods of plant origin provide beneficial microflora and substrates for its growth and nutrition.

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