There are many more pleasant subjects to research than today’s. My commitment is to help you LIVE YOUNGER so we are going to gut this out together! (Pun intended!) Antibiotics kill bad bacteria but at the same time, they disrupt beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract; this affects every single aspect of health. Pardon my poor grammar, but “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” and “if your gut ain’t healthy, then your body and brain ain’t as healthy as they could be.” (Could it be possible that I’ve been watching too much Andy Griffith?) How can you be kind to your friendly bacteria?
The very best way to have the healthiest digestive tract is by enjoying healthy food. You can help the friendly bacteria flourish by:
- Eating fresh vegetables (organic when available), especially broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower. These cruciferous vegetables have beneficial sulfur-containing metabolites which reduce inflammation.
- Eating fresh fruit (organic when available) especially blueberries because they contain anthocyanins which are anti-inflammatory.
- Avoiding foods that have been genetically modified (GMO) – the jury is still out on these!
- Including plant-based, fermented foods in your day such as sauerkraut and aged cheeses which contain live cultures.
- Enjoying prebiotic foods, which are non-digestible food ingredients that promote growth of the friendly bacteria. They are found in foods such as onions, garlic, asparagus and bananas.
- Eating beans and other legumes which provide short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) which strengthen intestinal cells and improve absorption of micronutrients.
- Taking a pharmaceutical-grade digestive probiotic. I take Daily Digestive Probiotic by Healthy Host, which has 30 Billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) of different forms of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species. We try to eat organically grown foods when we are cooking at home but we are not always at home. I feel better when taking my Daily Digestive Probiotic. Probiotics are good bacteria that live in your intestine and help your body fight infections and diseases; they also help digest food. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis are two of the primary good guys.
Your body will give you signs and symptoms for depletion of the beneficial bacteria. Here are a few indicators of bacterial imbalance:
- Yeast Infections
- Stomach Problems
Antibiotics are often used as growth promoters in farm animals. Basically, the help the animal fatten up faster. Eighty percent of all the antibiotics used in the United States are fed to livestock and poultry. Continual use has made a broad coalition of medical experts question the effect of this overuse on public health. The Centers for Disease Control published a report in 2013 called Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States which says “Up to half of antibiotic use in humans and much of antibiotic use in animals is unnecessary and inappropriate and makes everyone less safe.” To LIVE YOUNGER, we must avoid nonessential antibiotics, regardless of the source. When shopping or eating out, look for meat and dairy labeled USDA Organic, No Antibiotics Administered, or similar labels and be kind to your friendly bacteria