Antibiotics and Beneficial Bacteria
The human digestive tract is lined with
trillions of beneficial bacteria, called “gut flora.” There are 10 times as
many microorganisms in the intestines as there are cells in the human body!
Somewhere between 300 and 1000 different species of bacteria live in the gut
performing important metabolic activities. Human hosts and their gut flora have
a symbiotic relationship, with both parties benefiting from the coexistence.
Antibiotics are common medications that
are prescribed to treat various infections and are used today in many commonly
eaten foods. These foods include meat and dairy products.
Antibiotics work by disrupting the
biological processes of both disease causing and beneficial microorganisms
(bugs). Antibiotics are over prescribed with varying degrees of success in
treating diseases like sinus infections, ear infections, urinary tract
infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, Strep throat and for many, many more
Many doctors and patients alike feel
that antibiotics are over-prescribed, which results in reduced effectiveness
because of increased resistance of the bacteria that the said antibiotic is
meant to kill off. While they can be useful medications in certain specific
circumstances, antibiotics can also be problematic, creating new symptoms while
eradicating existing ones. Because antibiotics work by killing bacteria, they
can be rather indiscriminate in their eradication, killing both beneficial as
well as detrimental microorganisms.
How to keep your gut flora thriving…
Use antibiotics only when
absolutely necessary. Discuss alternatives with your doctor.
When you must take an
antibiotic always supplement with a probiotic formulation. Probiotics are the
supplements which supply natural bacteria and replenish the gut flora.
Probiotics can be used
daily to help with the immune system, digestion, vitamin production and
Not all probiotics formulations are of
high enough quality to provide enough normal bacteria or even the correct ratio
of the different types of bacteria needed to improve gut flora and your health.
Don’t hesitate to ask the doctors to recommend the correct type to improve your
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