Depending on the doctor you go see, you may or may not be given antibiotics to fight off an infection. Some give antiobiotics for almost everything, though others realize the importance of not over-exposing the body to so many antibiotics and only give them when it’s completely necessary.
Antibiotics kill or slow the growth of bacteria. They are drugs and are among the most frequently prescribed in modern medicine.
Antibiotics can cause some side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fungal infections… and that’s what I want to talk about here.
The issue here is the slowing or killing off of bacteria. Your entire digestive system relies on bacteria to breakdown and digest your food. There is good bacteria throughout your small and large intestines that is supposed to be there at all times. However, when taking antibiotics, they can’t choose which bacteria they fight off and which they leave. You can lose all your good bacteria, or even just enough, so the bad bacteria can take over.
Have you ever heard of Candida? It’s an overgrowth of yeast in your entire system! And it’s the same thing that can cause vaginal yeast infections. (if you can’t seem to get rid of yeast infections or have them recurring, you could have a candida issue)
Candida can happen when you don’t have a good ratio between good bacteria and bad. If that’s knocked out of balance by antibiotics, yeast has the opportunity to take over and flourish in that environment. There is not enough, if any, good bacteria to keep it in check.
This could also cause digestive issues, which could lead to malabsorption issues. And if you aren’t getting all the nutrients you need, your body will react in all sorts of ways (I believe this is part of my daughter’s issue since she had Celiac and we didn’t know it… but in her case, it’s the small villi hairs of the small intestine not working properly that has caused some malabsorption… we will discuss Celiac and gluten-intolerance later in this series).
So, how do you add good bacteria back into your system once you have had antibiotics? You need prebiotics (promote friendly bacteria) and probiotics (small organisms that help maintain the natural balance of microflora in the intestines). These are available in capsule form, but also in foods, as well. There is healthy, good bacteria in yogurt that would be good to eat while TAKING antibiotics, if they are necessary, to try to keep them all from being killed off in the process of using the meds. Also, both prebiotics and probiotics are in Shakeology, a meal replacement shake full of protein and superfoods from around the planet (one of the best things you can put in your body!). Check out this video about it: “See What Doctors Are Saying About Shakeology”
Your good bacteria does a lot for you and if it’s not properly maintained, it can affect a WHOLE lot of other functions in your body. So, load up!!!
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own business in the fitness industry. She has 3 special needs children, with one child with an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, and research with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!