While many people take antibiotics to get better, they ultimately can wreak havoc on your body.
Did you know that the word antibiotic literally means “against life”.
Antibiotics are powerful drugs, too often overlooked as a simple go-to medicine that your doctor will easily prescribe for you. It’s easy to think that they can do no harm: antibiotics are overly presribed for anything from a sore throat, to a UTI, to an all out major infection or ailment that puts you in the hospital for days, weeks, or even months. While on antibiotics, many suffer from nausea, loss of appetite, changes in taste, and disruptive changes in bowel habits. The effects of antibiotics can last beyond the physical symptoms- and all too often, leave your immune system compromised.
Recovery time is not a phrase that crosses many people’s mind when they think of antibiotics. But, even after your round of antibiotics is well over, your body and gut can still suffer, and recovery time can be much longer than ever anticipated.
Thankfully, there are 3 easy steps you can take to help your body recover, restore your microbiome, and get your gut back in order!
Here is the scoop for getting your body back in shape after taking antibiotics:
- Start taking a probiotic– Research shows that antibiotics destroy our natural gut flora and disrupt our microbiome. A probiotic will help re-introduce much needed, friendly bacteria into our gut, that antibiotics destroyed. Most of our bodies defense system is located in our “guts” or intestines. Research is continually proving that an unhealthy gut can lead to disease, poor immune response, allergies, and sickness. When buying a probiotic, look for one that contains multiple strains of bacteria. Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria, and Saccharomyces boulardii have been shown to be some of the best strains for your gut.
Interested in trying out making your own yogurt? Here is a recipe for Homemade Yogurt.
- Start a prebiotic– Prebiotics help feed the probiotics. In essence they help power probiotics. Sources of prebiotics include cultured vegetables such as sauerkraut, kumbacha, kefir, and apple cider vinegar. Some plants are naturally high in prebiotics as well, including: onions, bananas, leafy green vegetables, chicory root, and Jerusalem artichoke.
Here is a tasty recipe to easily incorporate artichokes into your diet! Chickpea and Artichoke Salad
- Eat cilantro- Cilantro helps rid your body of heavy metals. Research conducted by the Heart Disease Foundation, found that antibiotics actually help store and protect heavy metals in your body. Heavy metals can be introduced into our food and water supply very easily due to environmental factors, pollution, and food storage containers and wraps. Cilantro can remove even the most stubborn of heavy metals in our bodies.
Here’s a yummy way to add cilantro to your next meal: Cilantro Avocado Sauce