Antibiotics & Bacterial Flora
Few people are aware of just how destructive antibiotics can be to the healthy levels of bacterial flora inside the body. Here’s what you need to know:
Bacterial Flora are Vital to Tissues and Organs
The skin, intestines, urogenital system and respiratory system all depend on healthy levels of bacterial flora to function.
Antibiotics Alter Microbial Populations
This puts the body in a state of potentiality for other illnesses, including viruses and various digestive conditions.
It’s Difficult for the Body to Rebalance Bacterial Flora
Particularly those good bacteria wiped out by antibiotics. While not impossible, it takes time, and this leaves the gut vulnerable to digestive complications in the interim.
How to Recognize Antibiotic-Related Gut Disorders
While antibiotics may also have stomach-related side effects, our area of interest would be the intestines:
Antibiotics may significantly reduce your colonies of good bacteria, rendering your gastrointestinal tract leaky and weak.
Gas & Cramping
Long periods of antibiotic usage tends to cause severe inflammation of the colon, resulting in bloating and abdominal pain.
Nausea is a common symptom of imbalanced intestinal bacteria; those with vulnerable tummies are also prone to vomiting.
Antibiotic Effects: Tips & Remedies
The negative effects of antibiotics often catch people off guard. These tips can help you bring the body back into balance once symptoms have set in.
Maintain a high fiber, fermented diet
These foods will have a nourishing effect on the affected gut, helping it to rebalance itself faster.
Water, water and more water
If diarrhea has occurred as a result of antibiotics, you are at risk for dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and consider oral rehydration therapy should the diarrhea worsen.
Keep a piece of ginger…
…between your cheek and lower gum. This will help to keep nausea at bay, and you may be able to tend to your day as usual.
How to Prevent Antibiotics from Affecting the Gut?
The solution to prevention is a lot simpler than you think; implementing it before it’s too late is what many fail to do!
Use a probiotic before, during and after antibiotic treatment
This will prevent the depletion of your gut bacteria, giving digestive symptoms little to no room to thrive.
Accompany your probiotic with a prebiotic
Prebiotics stimulate and support existing probiotics, making them more effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
Antibiotics can really complicate things from the inside out. You’ve probably got a few questions for us; check out our FAQ.
Antibiotics fight off bacterial infections, but in doing so may damage the gut microbiota that also play a role in your immune system, which could leave you vulnerable to both bacteria and viruses in the future.
Yes, very much so. They particularly affect the microbial populations in the gut, also known as the intestinal flora, creating opportunity for digestive disorders to negatively affect the individual.
Besides killing pathogenic bacteria, antibiotics also reduce the good bacteria of the intestinal flora, while probiotics work to restore them.
Taking a probiotic during antibiotic treatment can reduce the risk of diarrhea as a side effect of imbalanced bacterial flora. Taking a probiotic after a course of antibiotics will help restore any good bacteria that was lost during treatment.
Enterogermina®’s range will scan the gut for intestinal flora imbalance, and deliver billions of good bacteria to treat both the condition and associated symptoms. 1
Enterogermina® 2 Billion
A ready-to-drink vial containing Bacillus clausii spores that are favorable to the restoration of intestinal bacterial flora, in order to relieve symptoms of gut imbalance, including diarrhea. 1
Enterogermina® 6 Billion
An easy-to-drink probiotic sachet formula, it used to treat diarrhea and relieves the stomach pain, which is often associated with a gut bacteria imbalance in adults. 2
Capsules containing Bacillus clausii spores and probiotic that are favourable to the restoration of intestinal bacterial flora, in order to relieve symptoms of gut imbalance and diarrhea.3
How can Bacillus clausii help you solve your gut problems?
Bacillus clausii is a type of spore-forming good bacteria that works to rebalance the intestine. When consumed regularly (or as advised by a HCP), it can help to treat and prevent different conditions associated to gut disorder.
Getting to know your gut, and identifying your personal triggers, is the first step to better intestinal health. Stay informed as to how gut microbiota become negatively affected by everything from traveling to seasonal changes, and how to bring about internal balance to your life.
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Traveling Could Negatively Impact Your Gut Flora
- Enterogermina® 2 billion Patient Information Leaflet Last revised Jul 2019.
- Enterogermina® 6 billion Patient Information Leaflet Last revised Jul 2019.
- Enterogermina® 2 billion capsules Patient Information Leaflet Last revised Jul 2019.