Antibiotic Use //
We’ve all been there. And whilst these little pills are life savings they don’t come without serious side effects. Some of these last well beyond the initial medication period, with yeast infection and digestive issues being the most common.
Common side effects, just to name a few:
- nausea (feeling like you may vomit)
- bloating and indigestion
- abdominal pain
- loss of appetite
- yeast infections
Side effects are more common than you think..
In one study, antibiotic side effects led to greater than 140,000 emergency department admissions per year in the United States. Roughly 50 percent of emergency visits were due to reactions to antibiotics in the penicillin class of drugs, and the other 50 percent were due to a wide variety of antibiotics used to treat many different types of infections. In this study, children less than one year of age were found to have the highest rate of antibiotic side effects.
So why do antibiotics cause these side effects:
Antibiotics work by blocking vital processes in bacteria, killing the bacteria or stopping them from multiplying.
Antibiotics can have a detrimental impact on your beneficial gut microbiota (good bacteria). Your gut microbiota makes up over 80% of your immune system. They produce essential neurotransmitters like serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, nutrients like B vitamins and vitamin K, assist in the digestion and absorption of nutrients and much more. Antibiotics are designed to kill microbes, and when we know how critical microbes are to our health, it is clear that this can lead to a huge decline in health.
How to avoid antibiotics and repair the damage…
To reduce your risk of bacterial infections and lower your chances of having to use antibiotics, strengthen your immune system by following a healthy diet, active lifestyle, getting plenty of sleep, and managing your stress.