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How to protect gut flora when taking antibiotics? Since the discovery of the first antibiotic, penicillin, by Alexander Fleming in 1900, antibiotics have saved countless lives around the world. That the drug has a health benefit in bacterial infectious diseases is indisputable. Nevertheless, the use of antibiotics can harm the intestinal flora. In order to protect it, you should therefore support it during and after taking the medication. Natural probiotics and probiotic dietary supplements from BIOMES can strengthen intestinal protection after taking antibiotics.
Antibiotics and intestinal protection: support intestinal flora and prevent infections
The human intestine does a lot: It is important both for the daily digestive work and the body’s own immune defence. In order to stay healthy and to fight off harmful pathogens effectively, you have to protect your intestines – especially during antibiotic treatment. Because only a healthy intestine can ward off unwanted and dangerous germs. If it is weakened by antibiotics and lacks it at health-promoting bacteria, germs can attack the intestinal mucosa and release painful intestinal inflammations there.
How to protect gut flora when taking antibiotics? This is how it works
After an infection, the body must first regenerate. This also applies to the intestinal flora. In order to be able to protect the intestine sufficiently after taking an antibiotic, the condition of the own intestinal flora should be known first. The stool test INTEST.pro contains an extensive analysis of all intestinal bacteria and provides many helpful tips and hints for intestinal protection – even during and after antibiotic use. It gives among other things information about the nutrition, digestion, vitamin synthesis, the immune system and the calorie utilization as well as inflammation factors in the intestine. In addition, the test provides indications of possible food intolerances.
With the knowledge from the detailed online dashboard, which summarises all results of the stool examination very clearly, it is easier to initiate measures to protect the intestinal flora. After taking antibiotics, for example, probiotic food supplements are suitable for rebuilding the intestinal flora. These contain different bacterial cultures, which support the development of the intestinal flora. They are taken in capsule form. Thanks to the enteric coating of the capsules, the valuable bacteria reach the intestines unharmed and can unfold their full effect there.
In addition, an appropriate diet helps to improve intestinal protection after taking antibiotics. In case of intestinal inflammation, diarrhoea, flatulence or abdominal pain, natural probiotics from food help – for example bifidobacteria in milk products. It usually takes several months for intestinal protection to take effect after taking antibiotics and for the intestinal flora to recover and regain its balance. Foods that are intolerant or allergic should be avoided in order to not cause additional irritation to the stomach and intestines.
Build up of intestinal flora after taking antibiotics
If you need to take antibiotics, it is always a good idea to give your intestinal flora a helping hand. After taking antibiotics for a short time, your intestinal flora usually regenerates itself. However, if it hasn’t been completely balanced before or if the antibiotic has drastically reduced several useful bacterial strains, the intestinal flora can have a difficult time.
Especially with the right nutrition you can help your intestinal flora already during the antibiotic therapy and also afterwards. Take as little sugar, alcohol and easily digestible carbohydrates as possible. Eat plenty of fibre, vegetables, fruit and yoghurt or kefir. This way, your good bacteria receive a lot of food.
With probiotic food supplements you can additionally support your intestines during and after taking antibiotics. In addition, this prevents you from causing more damage in the first place. Because probiotic bacterial cultures contain several bacterial strains at the same time, which are sometimes difficult to supply with food.
The analysis-based food supplements, which are tailored to the individual weak points of the intestinal flora, are also suitable for strengthening the immune system. The high-quality bacterial cultures, vitamins and minerals have been carefully compiled by BIOMES scientists and are produced in Germany under the highest quality conditions. They can be purchased under the BIOM.uniq brand and are recommended based on the analysis of the intestinal flora with the INTEST.pro self-test.