Unless you’ve been living on a desert island (and if so I do envy you!), you’ll probably have heard by now that the trillions of bacteria inhabiting the human gut, are very important to our health – from affecting our weight and mood to immune system.
You may also have heard about how disruptive antibiotics can be to this bacteria, known as the microbiome. I like to compare antibiotics to letting off a nuclear bomb on your bacteria.
You take antibiotics for an eye infection, and the medication kills that off, but unfortunately it isn’t very discerning, and also eradicates lots of the beneficial bugs living in your colon.
This can leave your microbiome depleted and lacking in diversity of species needed for good health. For instance, you’re more likely to gain weight, feel down or develop an allergy if your microbiome is below par.
The trouble is that one course of antibiotics can leave your microbiome depleted for years if you don’t take care of your diet.
So if you have to take antibiotics, employ these three actions to protect your microbiome while taking your meds, and in the weeks after you finish them to minimise damage and encourage regrowth: