Tips to Restore Your Health After Taking an Antibiotic

I recently visited my doctor for a health issue I was experiencing, and she told me that she had no choice but to prescribe some antibiotics for me in order to resolve the problem. I dutifully took them, but as I had experienced before, it only took one dose for my body to start reacting negatively to the treatment. The more I talk about this and share my personal experience with antibiotics, the more I hear from other people who also tend to have the same problems that I do.

If you have also ever had to take antibiotics for any reason, you have also more than likely felt the stomach pains, nausea, and dizziness that so often accompanies the intake of these pills. After my latest experience with antibiotics, I started to do some research on how I could get my body feeling better. That’s how I came across a great article by Food Renegade that offers up not only excellentadvice on how to quickly improve the health of your gut, but also offers some insight into what it is about antibiotics that causes so many unfortunate problems. 

Doctors will prescribe antibiotics to their patients for a few different conditions, but most often for any sort of bacterial infection. One of the reasons that antibiotics work so well is that they are extremely effective in eliminating all types of bacteria in your body(and more specifically, your gut and digestive tract). Unfortunately, antibiotics aren’t exactly selective in their process, and so they are equally effective in killing off all of the good and healthy bacteria that resides in your body as well. This is why so many of us tend to feel nausea or queasy after a round of antibiotics – when our guts are completely emptied of the positive bacteria our organs need to function, our whole system is essentially thrown off.

This is why reintroducing probiotics back into your diet immediately after antibiotic treatment is so crucial to restoring your gut health quickly and efficiently. Even if you are feeling queasy, try your best to consume a cup of plain yogurt (just be sure the label lists active cultures in the ingredients list). You can also try drinking kefir if you are lactose intolerant or sensitive. Bone broth, pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut are also brimming with healthy bateria that can quickly improve the health status of your digestive tract. 

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