How Antibiotics Destroy Your Gut

Trillions of bacteria live in, on and around us. Almost all are harmless, only some make ill. Antibiotics are used to combat bacterial infections. But unfortunately they do not differ between "good" and "bad" bacteria. In most cases it is therefore useful to support your intestinal flora right from the start instead of rernovating your gut after the antibiotic therapy!

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Antibiotics destroy "good" gut bacteria

The bacteria in our intestines help with digestion, feed our intestinal mucosa and fight harmful germs. In addition, they train our immune system. How important the interaction of microorganisms is, often only becomes clear when it does not work properly.

The fact that antibiotics not only kill the "bad" but also the "beneficial" bacteria in the gut has a serious impact on our health. The intestinal flora gets out of balance, harmful bacteria can settle in the resulting gaps and spread unhindered. The most common result is a  fungal infection (Candida), which can then be the cause of many other health disorders.

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Gut renovation can break the vicious circle

If antibiotics have already been taken, it leads to the aforementioned vicious circle: a disturbed intestinal flora leads to a weakened immune system, this in turn to new infections and eventually to further antibiotic prescriptions. The vicious circle can now only be broken by means of a colon cleansing or gut renovation in combination with a healthy diet.


Gut Flora & Biome AnalysisIs your gut flora out of balance?

With the Verisana Gut Flora & Biome Analysis you can quickly and easily check your h pylori level. You collect the samples at home, send them back to us and we will provide you with your level of each analyte and whether your level falls within the reference ranges.

You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.

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Gut renovation after antibiotics? Better do it together!

To avoid this vicious cycle, probiotics should be used during antibiotic therapy. Probiotics are live bacteria of human origin that support the natural intestinal flora. Important representatives are the lactic acid bacteria: they help to maintain intestinal health by forming vitamins and transmitting them to the cells. The contained vitamin biotin promotes the regeneration capacity of the intestinal mucosa.

Probiotics can be naturally taken by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi or similar products. Another solution are high-quality probiotics, which can be used in the form of capsules or liquid concentrates.


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When do antibiotics make sense?

In many countries such as the U.S., antibiotics are still prescribed too often, especially during the "cold season". These however are infections which, in most cases, are caused by viruses and not by bacteria, meaning antibiotics are completely useless. They are only really useful with bacterial infections and this is the only time they should be prescribed.

Conclusion: Antibiotics always go together with probiotics!

The healthier and more balanced the intestinal flora, the healthier the person it belongs to. An imbalanced intestinal flora however, can be the cause of many diseases. Since antibiotic therapies damage the intestinal flora, always consider to take good, natural bacterial strains at the same time, which can effectively counterbalance the existing imbalance of the bacteria and prevent you from Candida overgrowth and other intestinal problems.

In short: Be responsible with antibiotics and give your body enough power to fight against pathogens in the future!