What do antibiotics do your body? How are they affecting your health?!?!
One of the biggest general concerns is that antibiotics tend to be overused and misused. As a result, infections are now becoming resistant and people are developing long term side affects.
We are forgetting that we’re consuming antibiotics daily in the meat and dairy we’re eating. One study showed that in America each year over 23,000 death are a result of antibiotic resistance.
A large study published April 2, 2018 showed a link in early childhood use of antibiotics to the rise in allergies and asthma. In the study, over 792,000 babies were linked to this between 2001 and 2013 (1). Another study also showed irregular menstrual cycles for women and a negative affect on estrogen and progesterone metabolism. (2)
Drugs known as fluoroquinolone which is often used for UTI’s, pneumonia and bronchitis has been linked to tendinitis and increased susceptibility to injuries. This antibiotic, along with penicillin has been known to affect digestion, micro biome and increase both depression and anxiety. Antibiotics also cause an increase in yeast growth resulting in yeast infections and a nasty symptom of black hairy tongue.
“Even a short course of antibiotics can lead to resistant bacterial populations taking up residence in the gut that persists for up to 4 years – maybe even longer. (3)”
“Shockingly, the majority of children routinely receive up to 20 courses of antibiotics before the age of 18.(3)”
This is a major concern for the rise in our mental health problems and our preservation of gut microbiome. A weak gut microbiome can lead to a weakend immune system, depression, food allergies and intolerance, protein and mineral malabsorption and much more! For all you fitness enthusiasts, remember, a poor microbiome means your body can’t absorb protein efficiently resulting in bloating and lack of muscle gain!
UTI, strep throat, ear infections..etc, are common and don’t always need antibiotics. Lots of natural remedies can be taken first and discussed with your doctor or naturopath:
1) Garlic oil -as a potent antibacterial and can be used for ear infections and throat infections.
2) Oil of oregano – can be used for strep throat and many other infections. Its a known antibacterial and antimicrobial. A mixture of oregano and black seed oil is even more potent at killing off bacteria.
3) Colloidal Silver – can be used for sinus infections and is an antibacterial and anti- fungal.
4) Grapefruit seed extract – is best for external use like warts and other skin fungal infections.
There are many other natural remedies that can be used and step by step instructions. Some remedies require using more than one method. Be open minded about non-conventional medicine, as they really do work.
I personally have cured my strep throat by using: oil of oregano and black seed oil mix under my tongue every morning and middle of the day, gargling with an open probiotic capsule 2x a day and orally taking a probiotic morning and evening. I also cooked with garlic and had green juices.
Antibiotics are incredibly necessary for severe and life threading illnesses. However, the daily intake we are receiving from our food and the overuse for treatable infections like strep, ear, and fungal problems are causing long term health issues. It’s also important to remember that even with natural remedies taking probiotics, fibre and ensuring proper EFA and water intake is crucial for preserving gut microbiome.
Here are a list of sites that can help you find the best remedy for you!:
****Important to note that added antibiotics are not used in Canadian meat and dairy industry. However, this doesn’t prevent the intake you get when you go out of country on holidays. The overuse and misuse of prescription antibiotics is still a large issue in Canada today.***