How to recover GUT health after antibiotics
One of the subjects I wanted to write about today has really been on my mind recently and it is how someone recover their gut health after taking a round of antibiotics?
I can’t remember the last time other than when I was hospitalized that I took antibiotics and my mother called me and she had such a terrible swelling.
It was from a tooth infection and I had to put her on antibiotics and this was the very first time in 40 years she’s been on antibiotics.
It was something that was definitely needed, but how does someone, a very average person, go about supporting his/her gut health, if they do have to take antibiotics, they’re not destroying all the good bacteria.
The majority of people don’t understand, they have something called a leaky gut. Essentially, the Western diet gives us so many factors that cause subtle gut inflammation, that the cell lining junctions open up and all sorts of bad bacteria comes in.
This is the reason, a lot of individuals are needing antibiotics more frequently than they ever did before decades ago. So, they require to take antibiotics more and what’s the downside?
The only protection we have is the good bacteria that is present in our gut, and one round of antibiotics can actually destroy the gut flora for one to two years, especially in children.
So, the sinus infection that you wish to knock out, or you have an ear infection and chews infection, whatever reason that you need an antibiotic for, you completely decimate your gut health by taking one of them.
So a lot of people are expecting almost to have stomach upset with antibiotics. It is not merely that it upsets your stomach, and you can feel it, some people don’t feel anything. They’re just like ‘hey I feel better now, that my ear isn’t hurting’.
The very first thing I recommend is to educate yourself. There are several great books out there and one of the books I highly recommend is ‘Eat dirt’ by dr. Josh axe.
It is really a good approach to understand how to incorporate soil based organisms back into our diet. I mean essentially the way we used to have it 5060 years ago when we grew our food on farms.
Now, as you might be aware, there are a lot of different antibiotics out there. By instance, Clindamycin or something such as Cipro, there’s gonna be quite a wide spectrum and they are gonna wipe out of your microbiome for a long time.
There was even one study which showed the effects lasted for a year or two more with these two antibiotics. What you wanna do during the treatment of antibiotics and after is consume some PROBIOTICS.
You may refer my other article on Gut health and Anxiety.
As long as you have got a brand on board, which has a lactobacillus plus, a bifidobacterium in there, you are probably good. Dose wise, I’d say at least 10 billion units every day, you should aim for that.
And there’s another probiotic out there called Saccharomyces bouldarii, and it is actually a yeast-based probiotic that can be quite beneficial for preventing yeast overgrowth or even C. diff infection.
I would do about 250 mg twice a day and many folks should be taking their probiotic at different times than their own antibiotic.
So say if your antibiotic dosing reaches 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., possibly consider your probiotic dose around 12 p.m. to 4 pm and that way the probiotic will endure longer.
And in terms of foods, what you wanna consume are definitely foods that are rich in probiotics. You may consider them as nutrients or gas which help nourish your gut microbiome.
I believe ASPARAGUS is among the most underrated vegetables on the market. There’s also fermented foods too. Now, fermented foods aren’t really prebiotic. There’s kefir.
All these foods are begging to assist, replace and replenish the gut microbiome that’s been damaged from the antibiotic.
So the only real caveat with performing prebiotics in fermented foods would be that some individuals, let us say if they have got a SIBO disease or some sort of degree of dysbiosis, they might react to those foods, ’cause lots of these foods are in fact high FODMAP foods.
Therefore, if you start getting gas and bloating from eating more of these probiotic and fermented foods, you might want to eliminate and focus more on the probiotics.
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