One of the most powerful substances you can put into your body is antibiotics.
Used for a wide range of issues, antibiotics are prescribed by doctors to patients who are usually suffering from some form of infection. What these antibiotics do within the body is target bacteria and work to wipe them out.
While antibiotics usually accomplish this goal with ease, there is often a large amount of collateral damage done as well. This is a common side effect of something as powerful as an antibiotic.
Today, we will discuss what antibiotics do within the body and what you can do to mitigate the damage they can cause.
A brief history of antibiotics
In the early days of medicine, treating infections was largely a guessing game.
Some histories show that infections were “treated” by having the individual with the infection eat moldy bread, in the hopes that the bad bacteria would cling to the other bad bacteria on the bread and pass out of the system. Other “doctors” of the time would rub moldy bread over the infected wounds of those afflicted.
Needless to say, this level of early “science” did not yield too many positive results.
The question remained, however. “How can we target the infection, destroy it, and minimize damage to the rest of the body?” The answer came about, surprisingly by accident, by a man named Alexander Fleming back in the early 1920’s.
He was a chemist and bacteriologist who, just before leaving for an out of town vacation, left a culture dish with a bacteria sitting inside uncovered. Upon returning to his lab and seeing his “error," he went to toss out the dish. But he noticed that a fungus had sprouted upon the center of the dish – and that all the bacteria that had originally been placed in the dish were retreating as far as they could from the sprouting fungus.
That fungus was Penicillium notatum, later shortened to “penicillin," and the modern method to fighting off bacteria was born.
What do antibiotics do to the body?
When antibiotics came into the picture in the early 20th century, the idea was to remove all bacteria from the body whenever they got out of hand.
Here we are almost a hundred years later, and we now know more about the intricacies of the human body than we could ever have dreamed of back then.
We now understand that the body always has bacteria within it, and most of that bacteria is helpful, and absolutely necessary for our bodies to function.
This realization means that antibiotics can wreak havoc on the delicate balances that make us up. While they do work and often accomplish their goals, they often cause long lists of side effects such as digestive discomfort, skin irritations, and other issues.
How to use Probiotics to improve the effects of Antibiotics
Probiotics are in many ways the opposite of antibiotics. While antibiotics seek to kill off bad bacteria, probiotics are designed to promote the growth of good bacteria.
Research shows that both good bacteria and bad bacteria should be combined together, to keep your body from getting knocked off balance to the point of sickness.
Antibiotics obliterate the microflora of your body. Any and all bacteria in your system gets ravaged by the powerful antibiotics, leaving your body scrambling to rearrange and reproduce new GOOD bacteria to keep your body running smoothly.
If you supplement your antibiotics with a probiotic, the body is able to continue the average pace of food absorption, ensuring that not only liquid is extracted and absorbed and passed, but all food.
When you follow antibiotics with a probiotic, you are creating the opportunity for your gut bacteria to be restarted with a burst of beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics wipe the slate clean, and you rebuild a brand new bacterial community with the optimized ratio of good and bad bacteria.
Taking antibiotics does not have to be a scary experience, thanks to the help of probiotics. Ask your primary physician if taking a probiotic is right for your digestive system, as everyone’s gut microflora reacts differently.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read here. This article is for general information only.