Best ways to provide gut support after antibiotics

Habits to Healthy Blog Post 15

When antibiotic therapy is necessary, here are 5 tips to help provide gut support.

1) AVOID INFLAMMATORY TRIGGERS
It’s important to avoid foods that can further damage the gut lining during its healing process. Inflammatory foods to avoid are:

– sugar (added sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup)
– refined carbohydrates
– refined oils (canola, corn, soybean, safflower)
– trans fat (fried foods, baked goods, anything with “hydrogenated” oil)
– processed & packaged foods
– dairy
– eggs
– alcohol

2) NOURISH WITH NUTRIENTS
Support the body (and the good bacteria) with anti-inflammatory foods packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and omega 3s. Options include:

– leafy greens
– nuts and seeds
– berries
– cabbage juice
– bone broth
– olive oil
– fatty fish (salmon, sardines)

3) SUPPORT THE LINING
Studies have shown that mucilaginous fiber may have a prebiotic effect, stimulate the gut to secrete more mucus, remove toxins (arsenic, bacteria), and help boost the immune system. Some mucilage fiber foods are:

– okra
– aloe vera
– cactus
– flaxseeds
– chia seeds
– kelp & seaweed
– slippery elm

4) INTRODUCE MORE GOOD BACTERIA
Fermented foods are packed with live microorganisms to help keep the balance between the good and the bad bacteria. Incorporating a variety is key. Options to add to your dish:

– fermented veggies (sauerkraut, kimchi)
– miso
– natto
– tempeh
– kombucha

5) PROBIOTICS
More CFU’s isn’t always better. Quality matters. Things to look for are authenticated strains that are genetically and functionally diverse, quality sourcing to ensure stability and viability, and independent lab tested to verify potency and purity. I like probiotics that include at least one of the following:

– contain at least 5 proven strains
– are spore-based
– contain Saccharomyces boulardii

These 5 gut supporting tips can also be implemented daily to maintain gut health. Health in general is always a work in progress so one step forward is all that matters!

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