Antibiotics are a necessary evil when it comes to a bad infection. Not because they are large horse pills to swallow, but instead the damage they do to gut lining.
Antibiotics do not differentiate what bacteria they kill. They are that “all or nothing” crowed. The problem lies in that our gut, let alone our whole bodies, are more bacteria than anything, outnumbering our cells by 10 (1)! So all that good gut bacteria that lies in your intestines and helps digest food, move it forward and extract nutrients is now dead.
Frankly, although you may have addressed the infection, your body is worse off than when you started. It’s now easier to get an infection than before because the gut, being your immune system, doesn’t have the staff to fight off anything coming against you.
Such a dreary article… Luckily, this melancholy informational has a happy ending for all your Disney fans out there!
Antibiotics can actually help with not only infection, but beating the bloat. As healthy as I ate for so long, I would still get really bloated all the time. After my antibiotics and the gut healing protocol I followed, my tummy is flat an healthy!
Here are the steps I took and the steps you too should take after an antibiotic supplement, or if you suspect and issue of leaky gut, food allergies or gut damage:
1. REST! It’s OK, I promise. Take a few days off work **gasp** “did she really just say that?” You need to let the antibiotics do their job and fast. The quicker you can get the infection out and the antibiotics no longer have a purpose, the better.
2. Take PROBIOTICS. Yes this is contradictory, or so you might think. As the antibiotics kill off all bacteria, you now have none left… Not even the good stuff. The good stuff helps you break down food and extract nutrients from the food. Immediately after your antibiotic dosage, replace the gut with good stuff. Take a minimal dose at first, say 15-50 billion a day or drink a Kombucha daily.
3. Couple pro with PRE. Your gut flora is fed by PREBIOTIC FIBER. Great examples are sweet potato, roasted veggies and flax meal. Here are some more examples. These help boost the amount of probiotics that stick around and grow. It’s like planting a garden (pre) and the little workers (pro) come to till and feed on the ground. Probiotics eat and gown off of prebiotic fiber, so it is very important you get a daily dose.
4. FERMENTED. Things already fermented like sauerkraut, other fermented veggies and kombucha are great for digestion and prepping the tummy to absorb all the probiotics they have already in them. It’s like giving your gut a little vacation with pay. It gets a little help and a head start in creating a healthy environment to grow.
5. BONE BROTH. Collagen and gelatin from animal bones and their joins helps heal the damaged gut by filling the weak spots and holes, costing the intestine with a protective layer and strengthening it with nutrients. Taking a collagen supplement is also beneficial for the gut and skin!
6. SUPPLEMENTS. There are so many but here are just the most be official to start with.
L GLUTAMINE is a essential amino acid for muscle repair. Load up on this in a glass of water a few times a day to reduce the damage.
Also, ALOE VERA in pill or liquid form naturally heals and coats the gut to keep things moving.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES are key to help the gut at its job. When taken with food they help break it down so the nutrients are accessible to the gut for use.
MULTI VITAMINS also provide the extra needed nutrients that your body is lacking from food or being able to process food. Getting a prenatal or just a basic good quality one is a great choice!
I hope that helps. It really helped me heal my stomach and excel with energy. Notice I didn’t write alot about what you SHOULD NOT do because I want you to focus on adding in the good stuff:)