Bringing Balance Back - Antibiotics and Probiotics

11/06/2017

Antibiotics are valuable and commonly used to kill infectious bacteria or to prevent an infection from occurring, such as after a surgery. What many do not realize is that antibiotics can do harm too. By killing the good bacteria, antibiotics undo the balanced relationship that exists between you and your gut bacteria. 1 round of 5 day antibiotic can harm up to a third of your gut bacterial for up to 1 year. 

However, regardless of the type of antibiotic and the amount of time that you are on it, there are things you can do to bring yourself and your gut community back into balance. 

Take a probiotic supplement! Select a good qualilty, pharmacy grade probiotic with a high CFU (colony forming units) count. 25-50 billion CFU's will be the most helpful. Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is a good source of probiotics. Fermented foods also contain natural probiotics. Some examples are kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, pickles, and buttermilk. You can also try Kevita, a slightly carbonated drink with probiotics added.