Antibiotics are medicines that treat bacterial infections by killing or slowing them down. They include a vast number of strong medicines that are used to treat diseases caused by bacteria.
It is very important to note that infections caused by viruses (such as cold, flu or runny nose) should NOT be treated by antibiotics. If your doctor hasn’t prescribed antibiotics, don’t take them – they won’t work!
Antibiotics are very important and useful at treating severe infections. However, everyone who has been on a course of antibiotics knows that it comes with some nasty side effects.
The most common side effects of antibiotics include:
There are two types of bacteria in our body; the good bacteria and the bad bacteria. While destroying the disease causing (bad) bacteria in our body, antibiotics also have a negative effect on the healthy (good) bacteria.
Get lots of Probiotics!
Taking antibiotics can change the normal functioning of our digestive system which causes diarrhea. The good news is that, this can be prevented by taking probiotics.
Probiotics are good bacteria. They are live bacteria that improve your digestive and overall health.
You can take supplements of probiotics during and after the course of antibiotics so you can bring back the healthy bacteria in your body.
Note: It is important to take antibiotics and probiotics few hours apart so the antibiotics don’t kill the effect of probiotics since it is also a form of good bacteria.
Foods high in Vitamin K!
The bacteria in our intestines produce Vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for bone health, blood clotting and wound reformation.
Antibiotics destroy the bacteria that produces Vitamin K so a person is at risk of being Vitamin K deficient at this point, which can affect his overall health.
You can either take supplements of Vitamin K or include foods like green leafy vegetables like spinach which are rich in Vitamin K.
Note: If you are on a blood thinning medication, you should take Vitamin K in moderation.
Fermented Foods all the way!
Not just supplements, but certain foods can also help restore your digestive health after the damage caused by antibiotics.
Fermented foods are produced by microorganisms that preserve the essential nutrients in the food.
Increase the intake of fermented foods in your diet. This includes yogurt, buttermilk (lassi), or pickled cucumbers.
These foods drastically improve your health after taking antibiotics!
Antibiotics should be taken to treat serious infections. They cause negative side effects but those side effects should be treated by taking supplements mentioned or making changes in your diet so you can have a healthier gut.
When should you see your Doctor?
Diarrhea normally ends when you stop taking the antibiotics. However, if your diarrhea becomes more serious, it can cause:
- Pain in the abdomen and heavy cramps
- Blood in your stool
If you experience any of these symptoms, please talk to a doctor right away.
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