Healing Your Gut After Antibioitics

I hate hate hate taking antibiotics and up until this past year, I hadn't taken them in years. Unfortunately, this year I've been on two courses of antibiotics, one after a surgery and one because of the worst sinus infection I've ever had. Normally with a sinus infection I'd just push through, but it was seriously slowing me down and after 2 weeks it showed no signs of improving. So, I caved. I know antibiotics can be life-saving and play an important role when needed, but they are also very damaging to your microbiome. While antibiotics kill off the bad guys, they also kill off all the good guys. This can cause long-term damage to your gut and in turn, your immune system and overall health. After a course of antibiotics, it can take 1-2 YEARS (!) to restore all of your healthy gut bacteria. This is why it is so important to take care of yourself and to take gut healing precautions during and after a course of antibiotics. I want to keep this post short and sweet so I won't get into all of the details of the hows and whys antibiotics are so harmful to your gut but if you want to read a little more about that, click HERE.

So, how can you help yourself and your gut during and after a course of antibiotics?

  • Start by purchasing a quality probiotic if you aren't already taking one. You will want to take probiotics along with your course of antibiotics, just not at the same time of day. Space taking your probiotics as far between your antibiotics as possible, at least a two hour window between the two is best.
  • Stick to a whole foods diet that includes a wide variety of vegetables, healthy fats, protein, and minimal sugar both during your course of antibiotics and after. Your microbiome is determined by what you eat. A healthy microbiome is a diverse microbiome and the best way to achieve this is by eating a wide variety of nutritious foods.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Consume plenty of probiotic-containing foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods
  • Consume plenty of high fiber foods (prebiotics), these foods feed your microbiome. 
  • Drink homemade bone broths.
  • Exercise.
  • Reduce stress or practice stress reducing exercises such as meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises.
  • Avoid antibacterial cleansers and sprays.
  • Spend more time outdoors.

Tell us your gut healing remedies in the comments section below!

See you next time!

-Dianne

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