Taking probiotics with antibiotics is not new. This has long been a standard recommendation to avoid side effects from antibiotics, and for good reasons. Supplying the gut with probiotics before, during, and after taking antibiotics has for many been very helpful.
However, you might ask: Are probiotics safe? Which probiotics are best to avoid gut problems when taking antibiotics?
Risks with probiotics?
Absolutely not! Consuming probiotics is a simple and safe way to spare the body from the onslaught of antibiotics. In fact, many doctors will routinely prescribe probiotics together with antibiotics for the simple reason that for many it works. Probiotic bacteria can in many cases counteracts the harmful effects of strong medication.
Antibiotics have its place in medicine and can definitely save a life, as in case of bacterial infections. But it can also cause serious problems, some of which can take a long time to resolve.
Antibiotics effects on digestive health
Few things are as devastating to intestinal health as antibiotics. Why? Because antibiotics kill, not only harmful bacteria but also healthy bacteria residing in the digestive system. This can disturb the delicate balance that must exist for the digestive tract to work well.
An adult human has 3 to 4 pounds of microorganisms colonizing the intestines. When this colony is balanced, it promotes many body functions. However, when this delicate balance gets disturbed many problems can occur. And it may take months or longer for the gut to fully recover after eating antibiotics.
- Less serious reactions include…
- Bloating, indigestion
- Loss of appetite
- Yeast infections
- Stomach pain
There are therefore solid reasons to avoid antibiotics as a quick cure, and only take them in the rare case of a serious infection.
Probiotics can be helpful
When prescribed antibiotics, try to consume ample amounts of probiotics before, during and after consuming antibiotics. This helpS protect the intestinal health. Try consuming fermented food as it floods the gut with beneficial bacteria which compensates for the loss because of antibiotics.
Excellent fermented foods include…
- fermented vegetables or sauerkraut; homemade is the best
- yogurt with probiotics; excellent for your gut
- kefir is similar to yogurt but containing other probiotic bacteria
- other foods containing natural probiotics
For most people, any of the following supplements will probably work well.
Take probiotics with antibiotics
Star taking antibiotics as soon as you learn that you will start taking antibiotics. This will prepare the gut and lessen severe reactions to antibiotics. How should probiotics be taken? Try the following:
- Avoid taking probiotic supplements within 2-3 hours after taking antibiotics. However, you can eat fermented foods at all times.
- Take the probiotic supplement 10-15 minutes before breakfast with some water or juice. If you take antibiotics in the morning, take the probiotic supplement at lunch.
- Consume small amounts of fermented foods throughout the day, perhaps with every meal. Probiotic foods are fine to consume with antibiotics.
- Some specialists also recommend consuming prebiotics, which is another simple but effective strategy.
Some specialists recommend continuing eating probiotics long after taking antibiotics as this will help stabilize the gut and counteract many problems.
Consuming probiotics with antibiotics is simple, safe and may prevent many problems.