Probiotics vs. Antibiotics
Why We Need Probiotics
Most people are familiar with antibiotics and the fact that they kill infection but some have yet to discover why we need probiotics. While antibiotics kill off bacteria in the body, probiotics replenish the good bacteria that our bodies need. And that’s VERY important.
Lets go a little deeper… Antibiotics kill the bad and good bacteria in the body. The good bacteria is necessary for the body to absorb nutrients and burn off calories. Antibiotics are altering our metabolism and body composition. Once the bad bacteria begin to eat through the lining of the GI tract, leaky gut develops. This means the pathogens leak to other parts of your system. At this point, leaky gut has to be corrected before healing in the other areas of the body can take place.
Just because you haven’t received Antibiotics from a doctor, doesn’t mean you haven’t had any
The US Department of Health has shown antibiotics present in dairy products, meat, and also drinking water in some areas. If it doesn’t state that it’s antibiotic-free, then it’s almost guaranteed to contain antibiotics.
The same antibiotics that are given to us to fight infection – are also given to livestock to fatten them up. Wait…are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yep! They’re fattening us up too (sad face). So when shopping for meats, go for meat that is certified organic. If USDA Certified Organic, then it’s not only antibiotic-free, but also hormone-free and grass-fed. The best way to avoid these chemicals is to avoid meat products altogether. If you do choose to eat meat/dairy, consuming it in moderation is better (3 times or less per week).
Now that you understand the good, the bad, and the ugly about antibiotics, now probiotics will make more sense. When our gut doesn’t have enough of the good bacteria (probiotics), it stops functioning correctly. This also makes us susceptible to more bad bacteria, yeast, viruses, fungus, parasites, toxins, etc. Then our digestive system can suffer and inflammation sets in the lining of the GI tract, causing an imbalance which can bring about intestinal issues and pain, bloating, constipation and such. Also, other issues that may seem unrelated to the digestive system like autoimmune disease, food allergies or intolerances, brain diseases, brain fog, depression, eczema, weight gain and countless other things. Basically the gut is the second brain in the body so if it’s not healthy, other parts of the body aren’t healthy whether it’s been discovered or not. And without probiotics of some sort, your gut just isn’t 100% healthy. Bottom line. It’s good to have answers to those little annoying digestive issues, right?!