ANTIBIOTICS VS PROBIOTICS – WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR GUT?
Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Over the holidays last year I was lucky enough to visit my family and friends and indulge in some food and drink outside of my normal routine. #noregrets. When I returned home after 3 weeks of inactivity and overindulgence I could feel the strain I had put on my body. After a few weeks I was still feeling the negative effects.
I decided to go to the walk-in clinic to see what was going on. It turned out to be an infection and the antibiotics prescribed would help clear it up in a few days. Thank goodness for modern medicine!
Antibiotics are useful, in that they serve the specific purpose to eradicate bacteria from the body. Antibiotics are not picky about their bacteria so they eliminate both the good and bad.
As I’m sure some of you may know, we have what some researchers call a Gut Microbiota or Microbiome inside of our intestines that consist of trillions of bacteria that serve a multitude of important functions. To put it into perspective, for every human cell in your body, there are about 10 microbes! That is a lot of YOU in there that isn’t technically you!
When we take antibiotics, we are eliminating a huge chunk of these good and bad bacteria. This can leave us vulnerable to digestive issues, and can sometimes even make us more susceptible to opportunistic bacteria. After taking these antibiotics I was consciously consuming wholesome probiotic foods. Some of my favourites are kombucha, kefir water and fermented sauerkraut.
These probiotics helped reseed my microbiome with healthy bacteria that will aid my digestion, immunity and nutrient synthesis (vitamin K anyone?).
Below is an article that further explains the functions of this amazing colony of bacteria that lives inside of all of us!
What what can you do today to feed and reseed your microbiome?