The Importance of Improving your Gut Bacteria after using Antibiotics

Antibiotics can be necessary. Unfortunately, antibiotics cannot differentiate between the bodies’ bad bacteria and good bacteria and stop or kill some vital bacteria present in your gut.

The 400 species of normal “good” gut bacteria play a vital role in digestion, metabolism, immunity and your overall health your body. The gut bacteria are like a barricade between your inner body and the outside world.

Gut bacteria protect us from getting ill with some exposure to “bad” bacteria during everyday activities.

What’s the Risk?

A research study which was published in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology indicated that consuming some typical types of antibiotics could cause the mineral and salt produced in the kidney to deposit in the urinary tract.

Under ideal conditions, the salts and minerals should flow out of the urinary tract but consumption any of the five types of antibiotics results in depositions which, in turn, result in developing kidney stones in your body.

In recent times, the number of patients with kidney stones has increased dramatically and the exact reason for it is unknown. But, there are speculations, that the rise in kidney stones is due to bacterial changes in the intestines and urinary tract. These speculations are forcing the investigators to study the effects of antibiotics on developing kidney stones.

The investigators examined the health records of more than 13 million people and found that antibiotics like sulfas, fluoroquinolones, cephalosporins, nitrofurantoin or methenamine and broad-spectrum penicillin increased the chances of kidney stones getting developed.

Replacing Good Flora

After taking antibiotics it is very important to improve your gut bacteria again.
The question is, how to do it?

The most common approach most people use is to take probiotics. However, it is not the only way to improve your gut bacteria.

Some other techniques are,

  • Eat a wide range of food, including fruits, vegetable, liquids, rice, also fermented food like yoghurt, kimchi, tempeh, etc. which will lead to a variety in microbiota.
  • The consumption of fibrous fruits and vegetables will promote the growth of some type of bacteria.
  • You need to avoid artificial food, especially artificial sweeteners.  Research on rats has shown that artificial sweeteners result in a disturbance in blood sugar levels.
  • You can include dark chocolate, almonds, onions, blueberries, broccoli in your diet.
  • Foods rich in polyphenols help because the gut bacteria breaks down the polyphenols which help in improving the health of your heart.

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