Should you take a probiotic alongside an antibiotic – maybe not

Should you take a probiotic alongside an antibiotic  – maybe not

More and more people have a healthy respect
for antibiotics. I am not sure it always translates into less use. But it does mean, when we do
use them, “we” like to mitigate the damage they’re doing. The thinking, the antibiotic,
while killing the organism that is making us sick, also decimates, all the “good”
guys, living in our digestive tract. And the empty space, allows the “bad” guys to
set up shop. And if this happens, well we can be in all sorts of TROUBLE. In the short
term, this can mean a case of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Stats suggest this happens in 5
– 35 % of people, taking an antibiotic. And then in the long run, we can end up with
permanently disrupted gut microflora, which puts at risk of a multitude of chronic health
problems, including obesity, auto-immune problems and inflammatory bowel diseases. Since NO
one wants this – we swallow a specially formulated bacteria loaded pill and put back, the good
guys. Problem solved. Right ! Well, not so fast. A team of researchers from Israel, recently
discovered, that probiotics do not turn back the clock and “right” the “wrongs”
of the antibiotic. Quite the opposite. They actually, prolong the “wrongs” of the
antibiotic. Join us for this episode of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY TV to see what REALLY happens
when you take a probiotic, after a course of antibiotics. Better Body Chemistry TV is
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things can make a big difference to your health. Let me explain what the team observed. The
team treated 21 healthy human volunteers, with a broad spectrum antibiotic, containing
a combination of two antibiotics, ciprofloxacin and metronidazole, for 7 days. This is similar
to what your GP might be prescribe if you have an infection. Now using sophisticated
techniques to track, what happened inside the guts, as well as the poop, of these people,
the team confirmed – the antibiotic created a ghost town. This was now the start point
of their experiment. They wanted to know, what could be done to restore the gut flora,
to what it was like, before the antibiotic treatment. They used three approaches. 6 people
were given an FMT, that is they received a fecal microbial transplant, of their own poop.
Now this is a very high tech solution, not currently an option for common mortals, like
you and me. 8 people were given a premium brand probiotic, containing 11 strains of
bacteria and told to consume it, twice a day, for 4 weeks. Now they chose a commercially
available formulation, which means this is, something a health conscious consumer, could
get their hands on, either as a prescription from their doctor or over the counter, at
their local pharmacy. The remaining 7 people, took nothing. The scenario that probably plays
out most often. So what happened ? Well using several different approaches, the team showed
the FMT, was pretty much a miracle cure. It had everything back to normal within a day
or too. Probably not a big surprise, but right now, not a practical option. WE want to know
what happened in the case of the probiotics or the DO NOTHING. Well, the DO NOTHING, which
is shown in rust, actually faired quite well – things were back to normal, within 21
days. The story with the probiotic, which is shown in green, was NOT so rosy. At the
21 day mark, things were still off. The composition, function and bacterial load was different.
In fact, at THE final check up, 5 months later, the gut microbiota, was still ALTERED, it
had NEVER returned to what it was like, before the antibiotic treatment. EISH ! How could
this be ? Probiotics are SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD guys. Well I think, we’ve somehow been programmed
to see them as harmless, but in reality, you’re swallowing LIVE bacteria, in rather large
quantities. Okay, the large quantities, is probably not always true, but, when you buy
a premium brand, you’re buying QUALITY. And part of that QUALITY, is better manufacturing
processes and more bacteria. The point is – they’re ALIVE. And they want to stay that
way and have lots of ‘’babies” – after all, this is the prime directive. So they
play dirty ! By tracking who was who, in the gut zoo, of the volunteers, the research pieced
together. Under normal circumstances, probiotics battle to move into our guts. More often than
not, they’re transient i.e. they pass through. That said, as they pass through, they can
be quite helpful. Sometimes they do move in, but it takes special circumstances. There
is just TOO MUCH competition. But, the antibiotic treatment, gives them a gap. It REMOVES the
competition. With no competition, they move in, lock stock and barrel and then, they keep
competitors in check. But, some of those “competitors” are actually, normal gut residents, which
leaves you, with a permanently ALTERED gut flora. Good or bad ? Well it’s hard to say.
But, this study, shows, probiotics do not UNDO, the effects of antibiotics. Doing NOTHING,
is more likely to UNDO, the effects of a course of antibiotics. Of course that leaves you
with the question, what should I do ? Well, I’m not going to say, don’t take a probiotic,
alongside an antibiotic, depending on the circumstances, it might be the right thing
to do. But, I do think, we need to adjust our attitude towards them. Probiotics are
not harmless, they’re “drugs” and should be handled accordingly. Just because you can
buy them without a prescription and manufacturers, proclaim their virtues, does not mean, you
should be swallowing them on a routine basis. Improve you microbial diversity, the way Mother
Nature intended – touch nature and eat foods that contain them and sustain them. So you
create BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY and BETTER HEALTH. For more ideas on cultivating the right microflora,
watch the next video in this series or visit our website, at www better body chemistry
dot com, browse our library or enrol in one of our courses or programmes. The advice is
simple to follow and based on real science, not hype. If this is your first time here,
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