Do you suffer from yeast overgrowth from taking too many antibiotics? Do you find yourself at the doctor’s office more than once per year asking for an antibiotic prescription to get rid of your pain and suffering? It’s a vicious cycle to get caught in and many people don’t know how to get out of it once they find themselves in the middle of it. Years ago I found myself in this cycle from repeated antibiotic use. I won the battle and have not taken an antibiotic in nearly ten years.
Why Are Antibiotics Harmful To Our Overall Health?
Antibiotics kill bacteria. Our bodies need good bacteria in order to be healthy. When we take an antibiotic it wipes out all of the good and bad bacteria, leaving our bodies open for the taking. This leaves us even more susceptible to future infection. So what does one do when they have a sinus infection or another type of infection? How do you get away from using antibiotics?
Understanding the Body and It’s Response to Infection
Firstly, most people don’t realize that our bodies can fight off minor to moderate infections without antibiotics. We don’t always need to have a prescription to get well. A fever is the natural response to moderate and severe infection. White blood cells rush to the point of infection and attack the bacteria within. It’s our job to make this as easy as possible for the body by giving it the rest, fluids, and the nutritional support it needs. Additionally, there are some natural ways to push the process along, making recovery a bit faster.
Fighting Infection Naturally
To give the body its best chance at fighting off infection naturally, there are some things we need to do to support it. Most importantly, we need to have some patience. Take some time off from work and rest if you want to beat the cycle!
- Eating to Win the Battle – Cutting out sugar, processed foods, fast foods, dairy, and even grains during your time of sickness will give your body a digestive break and reduce inflammation. When the body does not have to struggle with inflammatory foods and toxins, it will devote more of its energy to the infection at hand. Eat lean sources of protein such as organic chicken, chicken vegetable soups, light fish such as haddock, organic produce, and Foods and Herbs with Natural Antibiotic Properties.
- Taking in Fluids – Sipping hot herbal teas that contain antioxidants will help to cleanse the system. Add lemon, raw honey, or stevia (if you are diabetic), to sweeten. Stay away from sodas, alcohol, coffees, and other sugary drinks. Drink clean and pure filtered water.
- For Cold Related Infections – Sinus infections can be the worst, and so can ear infections. A very important step that could help you to win this battle is to take a strong decongestant and do nasal washing with a Neti pot. If you can take pseudoephedrine to reduce the pressure, then do so. Its best to take the 4-6 hour version rather than the 24 hour slow release, as the immediate relief is more noticeable and effective than the sustained release. Make sure to drink a lot when taking this medicine as it will dry you out and you don’t want to be lacking in fluids. For children, ask your pharmacist what decongestant product works best.
- Supplement Your Diet to Strengthen Your Immune System -Take an immune boosting supplement and use natural antiviral, antibiotic supplements. Some good choices are oregano oil, garlic capsules, vitamin C (in liquid form), and turmeric.
- Add in Good Bacteria to Fight off the Bad – Taking a probiotic with live bacteria counts in the 10 billion or more range will help to fight off the bad bacteria. Theralac has live bacteria counts in the 30 billion range.
Winning the battle to infection isn’t going to be easy. It takes longer than a quick fix antibiotic. You have to be motivated to see the other end of the rainbow. The long term results are totally worth it, though. With continued use of probiotics and good eating habits, repeat infections, yeast infections, and prescription drugs will hopefully become a thing of the past. I beat the cycle and so can you!
The information on this Blog site is designed for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor.
By Colleen Moriarty, DR Vitamin Solutions