Digestive Health Nutrition

How to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotics

Antibiotics have helped us cure many bacterial infections that used to prove fatal. But they don't discriminate between bad and good bacteria—and just one course can can temporarily change microbiome.

How Antibiotics Affect Your Gut

A recent study by mBio gave participants either a placebo, or one of four commonly-prescribed antibiotics—clindamycin, ciprofloxacin, minocycline, or amoxicillin. Researchers found that while the oral bacteria of every patient recovered quite quickly, just one week of antibiotic use significantly affected some participants’ gut microbiome.

How to Recover After Antibiotics

Fortunately, certain foods can help you restore your gut and return you to a healthier state of mind. Here are five types of food that will repair your damaged gut microbiome after antibiotic treatments:

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  1. Probiotics (e.g. milk kefir, yogurt, water kefir) – introduce more friendly bacteria into the gut, which aid in digestion and regulate your immune system
  2. Prebiotics (e.g. garlic, onions, bananas) – help encourage and “feed” good bacteria growth in the gut
  3. Bone broth/gelatin – contain glutamine, which is essential in restoring your gut’s epithelial lining
  4. Fermented food (e.g. kombucha, kimchi, fermented vegetables) – introduce living probiotic cultures that help repair your gut
  5. Real, healthy food – A healthy balanced diet, rich in fibre can help achieve an optimally balanced gut

The bottom line is to listen to your body and use antibiotic treatments only when they’re absolutely necessary. A healthy diet with plenty of pre- and probiotics help rebalance your gut bacteria after a course of antibiotics.

For more information please follow this link from the NHS