You may have seen my recent post the problem with antibiotics, but sometimes a course of antibiotics can not be avoided. Antibiotics should not be taken lightly as they kill off the bad with the good bacteria in the gut, leaving the immune system compromised.   The gut and digestive system suffers the most, and remember that 70% of the immune system is located in the gut.  There are several things that can help restore the gut back to health during and after a course of antibiotics.

PROBIOTICS during antibiotics

While taking antibiotics, also take a medical grade probiotic (minimum 50 billion CFU) that contains Lacrobacillis and Bifido bacterium strains.   S boulardii is a non colonizing friendly yeast that will help with the side effects of antibiotics, especially diarrhea.  For children, the strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG has been shown in studies to help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.  Take the probiotics at a different time of day as the antibiotics. Continue taking probiotics for at least 3 months after taking a dose of antibiotics.

EAT FERMENTED FOODS & Bone broth

Kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, and yogurt are great foods for gut health.  Eat these along with bone broth at every meal.

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SUPPLEMENTS while taking antibiotics

Most people are deficient in Vitamin D. It is recommended to take a Vitamin D supplement always, but especially during a course of antibiotics. For dosage information, see this post.

Another one to consider is Fermented Cod Liver Oil for EPA and DHA. It also provides Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which need each other for optimal absorption. This is a great article on Fermented Cod Liver Oil. 

A one that has been questionable but worth a try is L-Glutamine.  L-Glutamine is said to heal the damaged cells of the intestinal lining.

WHY SUPPLEMENT DURING ANTIBIOTICS

Without supplementing during and after a course of antibiotics, the gut is more prone to become damaged, and the intestinal lining to create gaps, called Leaky Gut.  Check out this visual image from Dr. Axe.

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Have you had success counteracting the effects of antibiotics? What worked for you?

 

 

 

 

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