Find out why probiotics are important after antibiotics
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.
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).
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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