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How Probiotics Help While on Antibiotics

Antibiotic helps fight infections. It’s no doubt that it plays a vital role in modern-day medicine. The use of antibiotics has saved millions of lives since their development. They treat bacterial infections but in doing so, antibiotics often cause side effects, especially in your gut.


Your gut is residence to trillions of beneficial and harmless bacteria. These microbes are essential for your entire body. They have far-reaching effects on enhancing digestion, immunity, energy, skin, and overall health. Maintaining the balance between these microbes is very important. However, this balance can sometimes be disturbed by many factors, including diet, stress, lifestyle, and antibiotic therapy.


Antibiotic and how it affects the gut


While antibiotic is effective in killing harmful bacteria, it’s not selective. This means it does not distinguish between good and bad bacteria. It also kills the beneficial bacteria residing in the gut and disrupting the delicate balance.

The disruption of the delicate balance can result in the development of diarrhea, constipation, vaginal thrush, unwanted overgrowth of harmful bacteria such as C. difficile.

In the context of active infection, the benefits of taking antibiotics far outweigh the negatives. But taking antibiotics along with probiotics can help minimize the risk of undesirable adverse side effects resulting from compromised gut flora.


Why take probiotics with an antibiotic?


Antibiotics are important for fighting infection, but they aren’t gut-friendly. That said, there are steps you can take to protect your gut’s microbiome during and after antibiotic therapy. Take probiotics, either foods, drinks, or supplements.

Research shows that probiotics help maintain the gut microbiome and reduce the risk of adverse side effects like diarrhea. Replenishing the gut with beneficial bacteria helps restore some healthy bacteria lost during the treatment. Even after taking antibiotics, you can continue taking probiotics to boost the gut flora and keep bad bacteria at bay.


What are the best probiotics during antibiotic therapy?


Bifidobacterium, L. acidophilus Rosell-52, and L. rhamnosus Rosell-11 are some species of probiotics that have been tested alongside antibiotics. Patients who take antibiotics can safely take these probiotics at the same time. Bifidobacterium is found in fermented foods like kefir and dairy products like yogurt and milk. Lactobacillus strains are found in fermented vegetables like sauerkrauts. In a clinical trial, for those who take L. rhamnosus and L. acidophilus along with antibiotics for H. pylori infection, the probiotic can enhance the efficacy of the antibiotic.


When to take probiotics?


For best results, take probiotics two hours before or two hours after taking the antibiotic. This will give enough time for probiotics to do their job before they are finally killed by the medicine. You should take probiotics at least two times a day and on an empty stomach. Take it for several weeks after antibiotic therapy to make sure that your GI is back to normal. For overall health and wellness, take probiotic supplements daily. Taking it daily will not only improve your GI tract but will also boost your immune system and enhances the absorption of certain nutrients.

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