It is widely known by now that antiobiotics (whilst at times crucial) can also do a lot of damage to our gut and ‘wreak havoc on our microbiome’. This results in all kinds of health problems, including ‘a greatly increased risk for weight gain’. The reason for this is that ‘antibiotics are designed to kill microbes but they are often not able to target which microbes to kill – the unfriendly ones [causing infection] or the friendly ones [that keep weight in balance, give us energy and keep us feeling sharp and focused]’.
Having only taken antibiotics twice in the last fifteen years for an eczema-caused infection, I can attribute to the complete loss of energy they can cause. I remember training a class whilst using antibiotics and feeling unable to complete the session. I asked a couple of my clients who happened to be nurses if this could be because of antibiotics and they confirmed that this was a common side effect.
If you or a loved one EVER needs to take antibiotics, it is essential that you replenish this microbiome by adding plenty of probiotics and prebiotics into your diet (please see previous blogs for more information).
Probiotics are microscopic organisms that will replenish your microbiome. Prebiotics are foods and supplements that nourish the organisms already in your microbiome.
-The Microbiome Diet, Raphael Kellman, MD.
A Selection of Natural Antiobiotics:
Unlike conventional antibiotics, the antibiotics found in nature are without such drastic side effects, however you should always check with your health care provider before taking supplements:
To REMOVE unhealthy bacteria from your intestines
- Caprylic Acid
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Oregano Oil
For more information, check out The Microbiome Diet by Raphael Kellman, MD, and Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, MD.