Is It Worth Taking Probiotics After Antibiotics?

Is It Worth Taking Probiotics After Antibiotics?

Eric Bakker: Greetings, Eric Bakker. Thank you for coming back to my channel and
looking at another video. A question I’ve been asked at least three
times in the last week is, is it okay and beneficial to take probiotics during or whilst
I’m taking an antibiotic? Well, to me, that’s dumb logic. That’s like spraying live glyphosate around
a plant that you’ve just … you know, you’re spraying weedkiller somewhere and then you’re
putting fertilizer on at the same time. Okay? It just doesn’t make sense. It’s dumb, it’s illogical. It’s a stupid idea. Medical people seem to think that it’s okay. I just read on a well known medical website
where it said that you can take probiotics advantageously two hours after you take an
antibiotic. Well, it just doesn’t make sense. It’s a stupid idea. What’s that based on? You know? There are many studies that actually show
that it’s illogical and it doesn’t work. Some studied show for, some studies show against. But common sense says it’s a dumb thing to
do, so don’t do it. In my opinion, just wait. If you’re going to take an antibiotic, give
yourself a period of a few days after that for the dust to settle in the gut and the
gut to calm down a bit, and then take a probiotic. Even better still, take a little bit of yogurt,
sour Greek yogurt without fruit or special sugars in it is a good idea. Don’t go putting lots and lots of Kefir and
Sauerkraut and bone broth and all this stuff in there really quickly to try and restore
function. Doesn’t work like that. Once you take an antibiotic, you create a
massive amount of disarray in the gut. You’re creating huge problems, because you’re
not just killing beneficial bacteria and dysbionic bacteria, you’re also pushing large groups
of bacteria like prevotella, bacteritic, firmicutes. You’re pushing all these things all around
into different quadrants. It’s a little bit like you get a whole gang
of new guys coming into town and they’re punching everybody up, they’re shooting people. Everybody starts taking different types of
territories. Okay? You can’t just walk in there like being the
good sheriff and trying to get everybody back again. It doesn’t work like that. Eating a healthy diet after antibiotics is
a very smart idea. Check out two of my videos on prebiotic foods. So, when you’ve taken an antibiotic, smart
eating really well, particularly well after the antibiotic, because this allows the larger,
the three main groups of bacteria to come back into their own line again. Make sense. Don’t automatically immediately put probiotics
back in there. The day after you take the antibiotics, when
it’s finished, I would not jump right into a probiotic at that stage. I would wait a few more days. Eat well. Sleep well, because
it’s a huge big onslaught to the gut. So, the logic isn’t there. It’s totally an illogical thing to do, so
don’t think you can quickly reverse things around like that. I did a video, I think it was in 2015, where
I spoke about the human marker bonnet being like a very complex ecosystem like the Amazon
rainforest, where you’ve got thousands of species of insects and birds and reptiles
and amphibians and all sorts of creatures living in amongst these trees. So, you come along there and you basically
flame the whole thing. You just napalm the whole forest. That’s what an antibiotic does, is it just
flames everything in the gut. Then, of course, it can take years, sometimes
a lifetime to build that forest back again. But if you came back into that deforested
area and you started planting things carefully and watering it and nurturing it, it would
slowly come back. The planting, meaning the good foods. Foods and medicines. The priority is to get the eating right after
antibiotic therapy. Excuse me. Then if you want to really put things right,
on top of that, you take a probiotic. Try and take a probiotic that’s got enzymes
in it, because a lot of the beneficial bacteria that you wipe out produce enzymes that help
really the gut to improve. So, my using an enzyme probiotic combination
after an antibiotic, you’re going to restore the gut a lot faster than just by taking a
probiotic alone. That’s my experience based on seeing a lot
of people. Anyway, there you have it. That’s my opinion. Thanks for tuning it.

7 Replies to “Is It Worth Taking Probiotics After Antibiotics?”

  1. Is it a good idea to take probiotics during antibiotic treatment, or should I wait to introduce probiotics after the course of antibiotics?

  2. I eat the enzyme powder because I’m intolerant to the shell egg white it tastes like bitterness and smells like vomit….are enzymes naturally occurring in our bile??

  3. What about the antinutrients in vegetables.. Aren't they bad for the body? I used to eat them all the time until i learned about the antinutrients they carry.
    I basically eat fruit and potatoes for prebiotics.

  4. Thank you! I currently need extra betaine and have ox bile in my enzyme supplement (I'm taking Nutri advanced NutriGest). Is that okay? Does the extra acid kill the probiotic (I'm taking vivomixx, a copy of VSL#3) or is this actually a good combination? Thanks!

  5. Something tells me that most products are useless, and one needs to know what probiotics and what enzymes are actually effective/alive, which ones actually work…

    And something tells me that the best way, considering that most products one can buy are most likely empty surrogates, is to use homemade fermented foods – for probiotics, and just vegetables/fruits/whole foods/best are – for enzymes…

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