Antibiotics should be used ONLY as a last resort, not as a quick fix as is commonly prescribed. Taking antibiotics creates imbalances throughout your body; that includes putting on extra pounds. So by now you’re wondering how that happens, allow me to explain.
Your intestinal health plays a vital role in determining whether the food you consume is stored or used as energy. Because most of our immune functions are based in our gut, which houses both health-enhancing and health-depleting bacteria, it’s important the radios remain about 10 to 1 in favor of the health-enhancing variation. These good bacteria are your “army” that fight off invading microorganisms; they also digest your food and prevent infections...click here to continue reading...
When you take an antibiotic it kills THE MAJORITY of most bacteria, including health-enhancing – leaving you vulnerable to other illnesses, disorders AND weight gain.
Often, antibiotics are prescribed for conditions such as H. pylori bacteria, believed to be the root cause of stomach ulcers. However, when antibiotics are introduced, they can actually cause ulcers
because of the imbalance created. H. pylori is an important part of our body’s ecosystem because it keeps your “hunger hormone – ghrelin” in balance. This hormone actually sends messages to the
brain as to when its time to eat and when its time to quit.
A study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science reported that researchers assigned 30 people to two groups.
They gave antibiotics to one group to kill their existing H. pylori bacteria. The other group received no antibiotics or other drugs. After five weeks, the researchers performed a biopsy to determine
ghrelin levels. The results – the group that took antibiotics to kill the H. pylori experienced a huge increase in ghrelin (hunger hormone).
Many people report gaining weight after taking antibiotics but they never connect the cause
of the weight gain. There are simple ways to prevent ghrelin from increasing, avoid yeast infections and other chronic diseases spurred on by use of antibiotics that destroys so much, if not most, of your intestinal health-enhancing bacteria.
It’s Hard to Avoid Antibiotics…
You may not be taking a prescription for antibiotics but you’re still getting them. They’re
- Tap water
- Animal products that are NOT organic – farmers “pump” the animals, especially cattle,
full of antibiotics to modify their gut bacteria to make the animals fat. Unfortunately, the same effects are passed on to YOU.
How to Maintain the Healthy Ratio of ntestinal Bacteria…
- Eat natural foods. They boost your immunity, rid your system of toxins, and protect you from inflammation and insulin resistance, which can also cause weight gain and chronic disease. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and veggies, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Keep in mind, however, that if you have a blood sugar imbalance, or have or are prone to yeast infections, fruit should be VERY limited because of its natural sugar content.
- Don’t over-feed health-depleting bacteria. Sugar and starches are bad
bacteria’s favorite gourmet meal. And the more you feed these bacteria, the
faster they’ll multiply in your body. Those can, and usually do, lead to fungal
infections, yeast overgrowths, and even disease – not to mention gas and
bloating as part of the fermentation processes.
- Super-charge your immunity. Choose supplements carefully. I recommend at a minimum taking 2,000 mg of vitamin C for adults (I take 4,000), 50 mg of Selenium, 10 mg of quercetin, and 50 mg of the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 for ages 30-40, ages 40-50 100 mg a day, ages 50-60 200 mg a day and for those of us over age 60 200-400 mg a day depending on risk factors and guidance from your nutritionally-aware health provider.
NOTE: If you’re already manifesting or suspecting cognitive decline I recommend you
consider 200 mg of CoQ10 per meal.
- The “Road to health is paved with good intestines.” The easiest way to do this is to eat plenty of fibrous foods and/or take an all-natural fiber supplement that contains no habit-forming stimulants like ColonSweep - the formula used by thousands worldwide for over 20 years . This will prevent undigested food from building up in your system and turning into bad bacteria that can bring-on disorders. I recommend taking the fiber in the evening anytime between dinner and bedtime with plenty of water. If you need
that gentle “nudge” of a stool-softener, use EliminAid all natural softener, along with the ColonSweep fiber, with all assertive herbs, NOT aggressive and contains no habit-forming ingredients and add one capsule to the amount of ColonSweep you are consuming – usually 3-5 and make sure you eliminate EVERY day. If your colon is sluggish or you are currently constipated, begin the fiber with 1-2 caplets and 1 stool softener and adjust as needed.
- Take probiotics – health-enhancing bacteria. The live microorganisms in probiotics slow
the growth of bad bacteria and help maintain the right balance of good bacteria. I recommend rotating probiotics from a professional potency of 50-60 Billion per serving all the way to 200 Billion depending on your current state of health and need for re-population. After taking antibiotics, it’s best to take 200 Billion daily for at least 45 days to avoid the illnesses that can arise as a rebound from lack of health-enhancing bacteria being killed.
Your Partner in Health,