Can you take prebiotics while you are on antibiotics?

by Dana Grove April 04, 2019

Can you take prebiotics while you are on antibiotics?

As the weather warms up, we often see an increase in incidents of bacterial infections.     

Antibiotics are typically prescribed by doctors to deal with bacterial infections.  They work by either preventing the growth of harmful bacteria or destroying it completely.  Some antibiotics focus on specific strains of bacteria, while others are meant to work on a broad-spectrum of bacteria.

While antibiotics can be helpful and are sometimes essential in dealing with infections, they can also have a negative impact on your digestive system.

Our gut plays host to trillions of different types of healthy bacteria, collectively known as the microbiota.  While antibiotics are often very effective against pathogenic bacteria, they aren’t always effective at differentiating between the good and bad bacteria in the gut.

The impact antibiotics have on our internal ecosystem doesn’t go away as soon as we stop taking them…  There are many studies which show the impact antibiotics have on the microbiome can last for several months after taking them. 

Fortunately, prebiotics can be used both preventatively and as a means of restoring the gut following the use of antibiotics. 

Prebiotics provide a source of fuel that increases the population of health bacteria in the gut.  They work by helping the good bacteria to grow and thrive, effectively increasing resistance to harmful bacteria and helping restore the state of the gut when it is disrupted.

More than just a solution to dealing with the ill-effects of antibiotics, prebiotics are an effective way to maintain a healthy gut and help improve overall health.





Dana Grove
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