You have probably seen the news about antibiotic resistant superbugs. Antibiotics are medications used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia and whooping cough. When antibiotics are overprescribed – for viral infections such as cold and flu viruses, it increases the chance that bacteria can get used to the antibiotics. The bacteria then becomes a very powerful “superbug.” Superbugs are very dangerous because they can resist many antibiotics making traditional antibiotics useless.
Antibiotics not only destroy the bad bacteria in our gut, but also the good bacteria that protect us against harmful bacteria. Some bacteria survive and replicate which is why after a dose of antibiotics many people get sick again just a few weeks later. Antibiotics produce toxins, alter the gut flora and decrease the immune system function. It can take from 6 months to a year for the gut to recover.
REBUILDING THE GUT
70% of our immune system lies in the gut making it very important to heal the gut after antibiotics.
PROBIOTICS for at least 3 months. (recommended)
FERMENTED FOODS are also very potent. Kefir, kimchi, yogurt, tempeh, sauerkraut and pickles are gut healthy foods.
FOCUS ON YOUR DIET. Avoid sugar, eat organic (avoid toxins), watch your gluten intake, and avoid vegetable oils and processed foods.
AVOID pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin, and birth control pills. These wreak more havoc on the gut.
POWERFUL healing FOODS TO EAT DAILY and for colds/Flu
Use: dice a clove, put on back of tongue with raw honey
Ginger – great anti-inflammatory, quells nausea, and great for digestion.
Use: 1 T peeled ginger – boil and strain, then make ginger tea
Manuka Honey: is honey that is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. It has four times the nutritional benefits of normal raw honey. Is an anti-inflammatory, helps heal wounds to fight infection and promote healing. Helps with sinus infections, colds and sore throats.*UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor which rates the antibacterial strength of the honey. 10 UMF is the minimum rating to be considered therapeutic. Look for 10+ UMF level.
Use: 1 tsp 3x a day when fighting illness, or 1 tsp daily for maintenance.
Turmeric is a spice with it’s main active antioxidant curcumin. It is anti-inflammatory, inhibits cancer cell growth, has been shown to boost brain function and is used to treat digestive problems.
Use: Put a tsp into a smoothie or beverage, use for cooking (curry)
Carrot Ginger Smoothie
Apple Cider Vinegar: helps to cure a cold and soothe a sore throat. ACV is loaded with vitamins and acetic acid.
Use: Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in one glass of water 3x daily to cure a cold.