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While you're taking
antibiotics, you are at risk for destroying the healthy bacterial
your intestinal tract.That sets you up
for infections with resistant bacteria that can make you very very
sick. (Clostridium difficile and others).One of
the things that we do when we take antibiotics is to try and replace
intestinal flora.There are several ways
to do this.
First, you should
have a high fiber diet.Any microbes
living in your GI tract need a place to call home.Having a little bit of fiber in the diet can
help that a lot.
Most pharmacies and
all health food stores will sell populations of healthy bacteria called
Lactobacillus.This comes in many
species.Two of the most common are L.
and L. bulgaricus.These are found
yogurt and buttermilk and you can help yourself a lot by having an 8
serving a few times per day.This is particularly important while you're taking
antibiotics.If you are taking
ciprofloxacin, take the
milk products at least 2 hours earlier or later than you take the
antibiotic or the calcium in the milk will neutralize the antibiotic.
There are other foods
such as sauerkraut, which when prepared without preservatives, will
some Lactobacillus.Any pickles that are
made in their natural state, without preservatives, will be useful.There is even a drink that you can get in
some health food stores called kombucha that is loaded with all kinds
healthy microbes, but tastes like spoiled apple juice.It is an acquired taste and I happen to like
But the easiest way
to get a Lactobacillus is to take it in capsules.Most
pharmacists will carry capsules which
contain tens or hundreds of millions of bacteria which will repopulate
tract.Better yet, most health food
stores will offer capsules which contain billions for tens of billions
bacteria. Think of it is the difference between George Bush's budget
military versus his budget for education.
trick is to take some Saccharomyces boulardii.This is offered as a product called Florastor, it is
also the same
species as nutritional yeast, bread yeast, and brewer’s yeast. So you
probably buy some nutritional yeast and get the same effect. One of the
benefits of this yeast is that it is not killed by antibiotics.