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Dr. Corinne: The Lowdown on Probiotics and How to Take Them Properly if You're on Antibiotics
Dr. Corinne Weaver : Sep 6, 2019 CorinneWeaver.com
Did you know that taking antibiotics for only one week can change the makeup of your gut microbiota for up to a year?
As a child, I had to take multiple antibiotics because of reoccurring sinus infections that led to decreased breathing. No one knew about probiotics then. Of course, every health seminar I go to now, probiotics are always mentioned. Those little single cell organisms can be good or bad for us. (Image: Unsplash-Sharon McCutcheon)
Although probiotics have a variety of effects on the body and can affect different people differently, these are some of the common ways that probiotics work:
-By maintaining a more desirable and balanced community of microorganisms
-By stabilizing the digestive tract's barriers against undesirable microorganisms or produce substances that inhibit their growth
-Outcompeting undesirable microorganisms
In generally healthy individuals, probiotics have a good safety record, and side effects, if they occur at all, usually consist of mild digestive symptoms.
However, if you have an underlying medical problem, have recently had surgery, or have a weakened immune system, you should check with your health practitioner before beginning a probiotic regimen.
A large meta-analysis (review) of 35 studies found that certain strains of probiotics can reduce the duration of infectious diarrhea by an average of 25 hours.
It was also found that probiotics reduced the risk of travelers' diarrhea by 8%, and lowered the risk of diarrhea from other causes by 57% in children and 26% in adults.
An increasing number of studies link gut health to mood and mental health. Both human and animal studies have shown that probiotic supplements can improve mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more.
Some research has found that certain probiotic strains may reduce the severity of eczema in children and infants. One study even found that the children of women who took probiotics during pregnancy had an 83% lower risk of developing eczema in the first two years of life. Because probiotics can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, it may also help give your immune system a boost.
An extensive review found that taking probiotics reduces the likelihood and duration of respiratory infections. Another found that children taking Lactobacillus GG reduced the frequency and severity of respiratory infections by 17 percent.
Probiotics and weight loss
Taking probiotics might help with weight loss through a number of different mechanisms:
-Some probiotics prevent the absorption of dietary fat in the intestine, excreting it through feces rather than stored in the body.
-Some can help you feel fuller longer, resulting in more calories burned and less fat stored.
In one study, dieting women who took Lactobacillus rhamnosus for three months lost 50% more weight than women who didn't take a probiotic. Another study of over 200 people found that taking even low doses of Lactobacillus gasseri for 12 weeks resulted in an 8.5% reduction of belly fat. Take note that not all probiotics aid in weight loss. Some studies found that certain probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, can even lead to weight gain.
We've touched on probiotics now, but have you ever heard of prebiotics?
The most straightforward way to describe prebiotics is as fiber. However, a more accurate description is that they're a non-digestive fiber meaning it isn't broken down by the gut. Instead, it passes to the colon where it is fermented to feed gut microflora. In other words, prebiotics are a food source for beneficial bacteria that probiotics bring to the table, and can help them survive and thrive in the gut microbiome.
Final word on antibiotics: a blessing and a curse
You've likely been prescribed antibiotics to treat bacterial infections like strep throat or an open wound. While antibiotics play an essential role in treating severe diseases, they can also come with adverse side effects. Antibiotics kill ALL of the bacteria in your body- beneficial and harmful. This includes the microbes that are helping your body operate.
How? Because in addition to killing disease-causing bacteria, antibiotics can destroy healthy bacteria too, which drastically affect the amounts and types of bacteria. In fact, only one week of antibiotics can change the makeup of the gut microbiota for up to a year. I remember being shocked the first time I heard this.
It is so important to take a probiotic during and after an antibiotic dose to help restore some healthy bacteria that have been destroyed.
Just remember that probiotics are bacteria too, so they can be killed by antibiotics if taken together, therefore, take antibiotics and probiotics a few hours apart.
Everyone's gut microbiome is unique, which means that some of the effects that probiotics have on one person may not present the same way in another.
Based on the balance of bacteria in your gut, you might react differently to foods like kimchi and kombucha. You may not feel results after your first bottle of probiotics.
Keep in mind that most of what I share today are not steadfast rules that apply to every person. Your journey to better health and a more balanced gut is personal to you. When you decide to pick out a probiotic, picking the right one can make a world of difference. Metagenics makes some wonderful probiotics I have used over the years to help restore patients' gut flora. Here is some more info and if you use the code cweaver you can apply sept100 for 20% off a hundred-dollar order.
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Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.
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