Antibiotics and Gut Health

Antibiotic Resistance and Microbiome


There are millions of people who have damaged gut flora resulting from the use and overuse of chemical medication and antibiotics. The consequences can be dire, the symptom can become debilitating. According to the University of Copenhagen, The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, antibiotics have long been linked to the depletion of healthy gut bacteria. The function of gut bacteria can recover after antibiotic treatment in healthy people. However, after six months, the gut still lacks nine common beneficial bacterial species.

It has been proved time and time again there is no magic pill for healing. The human body was not designed to ingest artificial chemically based medications or semisynthetic antibiotics. It has taken many many years and unpleasant symptoms for us to become aware of just how much damage these antibiotics can do to our digestive system. For decades, we have been unconsciously programmed and drawn away from natural healing, mostly by advertising, conditioning, big pharmaceutical companies, and unaware doctors, with little or no training in natural medicine or nutrition. We are now having natural healing modalities removed from our health insurance due to the massive lean towards natural healing and away from Big Pharm and their hold on the direction and suppression of our health.

Doctors Are Not To Blame


This is not the fault of doctors, and many are now far more open to natural medicine, which is promising. Unfortunately for most people, the chemically-based medication produces many side effects, which then have to be treated with even more chemically-based medication, piling one problem onto another. Pharmaceuticals do have their place in healing, and I am not disputing that. Many people are living longer and healthier lives due to the help of medications. They do have their place in the healing spectrum, but many are simply band-aid solutions covering up the underlying health problem and keeping the health issue suppressed.

Gut Health and Chemically Based Antibiotics


The worst thing for your body, particularly your gut health is taking 1 course or more of chemical-based or semisynthetic antibiotics. The consequences of just one course will weaken your immune system leaving you open to all sorts of infections, including candida, thrush, and fungal infections, which can be stubborn to eliminate and hard on your diet as you have to eliminate so many foods for such a long time. The answer to improving your gut health after antibiotics are to focus on your whole digestive system. Once you have balanced your digestive system body has a good vantage point for ongoing healing.

Main-Stream Drug Treatments and Unpleasant Side Effects


What About Healthy Gut Flora?

Gut flora is responsible for maintaining the correct gastrointestinal functions Gut flora balances several types of bacteria that produce vitamin B and vitamin K2; which are needed for the production of healthy digestive enzymes. You may have heard of the saying “Your gut is your second brain” as your gut responds to signals from your brain, indicating out-of-balance flora and inflammation. This is why it is so essential to re-balance the imbalance in your gut flora.

When your gut is toxic this can result in many diseases resulting in unpleasant symptoms, that may well go undiagnosed by medical practitioners and you are labeled with things like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or some other Gastrointestinal Disorders such as chronic constipation, diverticular diseases, colitis, colon polyps or even cancer.

If you decide to take your health into check nurture yourself and focus on healing your gut with a lifestyle change and add natural herbs, supplements, and a diet based on healthy food then it is likely your health will improve and balance out any gut issues will be reduced significantly, including the symptoms. This can be done with the help of a qualified natural health practitioner, or by taking an active role in your healing and researching the many healing tools available.

Antibiotics and Gut Health

Where Does Good Gut Bacteria Come From?


Did you know that up to 85% of the function of the healthy human immune system is the good bacterium found in the gut? Naturally born babies arrive sterile with gut flora pasted on all over from our mothers via the birth canal and then via breast milk. If you were not lucky enough to have been breastfed or your mother had unhealthy gut flora, or you were born by cesarean section it is more than likely you encountered unhealthy bacteria right from the start of your life.

Lack of Good Bateria and Digestive Problems


Lack of healthy bacteria can result in the establishment of digestive problems very early in life, that never get diagnosed, and end later on with a host of gastrointestinal disorders, including parasite infestation, and other health problems mentioned above. Because bad bacteria and yeast tend to overgrow in people with poor digestive functions, the toxins that are produced can lead to bloating, gas and indigestion, and a list of other symptoms that cannot always be identified by a GP and lead to further investigation that can come up with negative results and ongoing tests that can be very expensive. The digestive tract is layered with healthy bacteria, which provides natural barriers against unwelcome foreign invaders, food that has not been digested correctly, nasty toxins, heavy metals, and parasites.

This barrier can be damaged by a host of different things, especially your colon. The good bacteria that protect the lining of the gut wall work hard to fight off invading bacterium, virus, or other microorganisms that over time lead to disease. They do this by creating substances like antibiotics, anti-fungal and anti-viral substances, that wakes up the immune system which then deals efficiently with unwanted invaders.

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To Summarise


Even though our gastrointestinal tract is an ecological niche for bacteria in the human body, there is still more to learn about its characteristics. Your whole intestinal tract is very susceptible to many external and internal factors that affect the quantity and quality of the microbiome living there.

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