Why probiotics are essential after antibiotics

Why probiotics are essential after antibiotics

Author -  Healtheries Naturopath

Find out why probiotics are important after antibiotics

What are probiotics?

The word “probiotic” literally means “for life”; but the term usually refers to supplements that contain living, beneficial bacteria.  Billions of these friendly bacteria from more than 400 different species occur naturally in a healthy digestive system, with most living in the intestines, where they are sometimes called “intestinal flora”. 

These bacteria support general well-being in several ways, such as assisting digestion and helping to maintain immunity. However, they can be very sensitive to changes in their environment and taking a course of antibiotics can significantly reduce their numbers.

Why is it important to take a probiotic supplement after a course of antibiotics?

Antibiotics eliminate both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ bacteria. It is important to quickly replenish intestinal bacteria after antibiotic use. Taking a probiotic can help as they contain special live bacteria that can repopulate the intestinal tract and may also reduce the risk of developing candida (thrush).

Antibiotics eliminate both ‘bad’ and ‘good’ bacteria. It is important to quickly replenish intestinal bacteria after antibiotic use. Taking a probiotic can help as they contain special live bacteria that can repopulate the intestinal tract and may also reduce the risk of developing candida (thrush).

When should I start taking my probiotic?

Take your probiotic supplement 2 hours away from your antibiotic. It is best to continue your probiotic supplement for at least another 2-4 weeks after your course of antibiotics also to ensure the healthy bacteria are replenished.

 
 
 
 
 

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