Antibiotics definitely have their place in treating many stubborn bacterial infections, however prescribing them when they are not necessary (eg. in a viral infection), or overprescribing them can have detrimental effects which include creating stronger more resistant bugs as well as killing good bacteria in the gut which is essential to a healthy immune system.
Related to my post last week on gut health & neurological diseases, the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut is vital to a healthy digestive system, immune system, and as we’ve discovered, central nervous system.
Recent animal research in mice has found that wiping the gut of ALL bacteria (both good and bad- which is what antibiotics do), showed a loss of new brain cell development as well as deficits in memory . Yikes! this sounds scary, not to worry though, as this is where conventional and naturopathic medicine can work together to achieve optimal balance!
So, what if you are prescribed antibiotics?
Don’t sweat it ! Like I mentioned, they have their place & can actually be VITAL to your health in many cases.
The goal is to kill all of the nasty bacteria, while maintaining the proper healthy bacteria that we all know and love.
Probiotics can be beneficial and are now recommended by many doctors to be taken alongside antibiotics. Make sure that your probiotics and antibiotics are taken at different times of the day, however so the antibiotics don’t kill the good bacteria you are consuming! Remember, Always take your antibiotics as prescribed for as long as your doctor tells you !
Yours In Health,