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How To: Keep Your Immune System Healthy While Taking Antibiotics

This article was written as a response to the question: Taking Too Many Antibiotics? How To Boost My Immune System?
Three important steps to keeping your GI tract healthy and boosting your immune system while taking antibiotics to treat infection. Follow these ideas to keep from becoming weak, growing more sick, developing more dangerous infections and compromising your overall health.

This day and age, it seems doctors prescribe antibiotics like candy. The truth is, with so many infections running rampant in the world today, antibiotics are often times our only defense again worse disease or sometimes death. But, what happens when you have been on regimen after regimen of these germ killing prescriptions?

Most of us have heard our health teacher in high school tell us about "good bacteria" v. "bad bacteria". Well, here's your opportunity to take more notes on this topic. It's true! Surprisingly, Mrs. So-and-So did tell you something important! Your gastrointestinal tract is the home to more things than what we give credit. So how to we properly care for our intestines when we are faced with the daunting necessity of taking an oral or IV antibiotic?

As soon as you begin even one regimen of antibiotics, your immune system is immediately compromised. If you have been on dose after dose in a short period of time or once right after another, you are at greater risk for extensive damage and other infections such as Clostridium Difficile (AKA "C. Diff"). Especially dangerous to the elderly, please watch carefully for symptoms, such as diarrhea several times a day for several days in a row. This will continue to deplete your system of needed health agents. Proof has shown that prolonged antibiotic use is a huge risk factor for C. Diff and other complications that can quickly arise such as severe dehydration, kidney failure and possibly death.

When no other option for your infection is available, here is how to keep your intestines healthy during antibiotic treatment:

Firstly, during an antibiotic schedule you must avoid processed sugars, cane and preservatives such as high fructose corn syrup. Also stay away from high fat foods. It is difficult for your system to digest these even when it isn't busy fighting off infection, so it is always best to steer clear of these things during treatment. It is best to stick with a bland diet so your body can focus on the problem at hand. Try bananas, white rice, oatmeal, and egg whites. These foods are just easier to digest. If you must add sugars, try natural sweeteners like honey.

Next, make sure you follow a probiotic treatment throughout the course of the antibiotics, as well as after. I have heard best reviews and results and have had the best myself success with the Align products. Align contains the patented Bifantis which is used to repair GI disruption. You want to select a probiotic with at least one billion live microorganisms per dose. Follow the bottle carefully and take note of your antibiotic prescription. They will both list instructions on how to take each product consecutively. Generally the rule of the thumb is to administer the probiotic two hours before or after the antibiotic. Whatever the routine, you must stick with it so you do not compromise the antibiotic’s power to fight off the diagnosed infection.

Lastly, as women, we ought to be daily eating yogurt with live and active cultures. If you are, that is excellent. If you are not, start today! When you begin this healthy habit to replenish your intestines natural organisms, you must be extra faithful when you are on your antibiotic course. Do not neglect this as it helps balance your body’s natural defense system. I recommend (and find most delicious) Greek yogurt. You will not only find more specific types and number of cultures in Greek yogurt but also it contains more protein and fiber than regular yogurt. My favorite brand is Oikos. They make a very satisfying natural honey flavored. Whichever one you choose, keep up the good work here.

When your intestines are healthy then you will notice clearer thinking, more focus, better memory and a more joyful attitude. Your stomach is the main hub of your entire body. Keeping it happy will keep you happy!

 

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Comments (2)
Kimberly

Thanks for the information! I didn't realize how much damage antibiotics could do to your body...

April

Good stuff, SGF!

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