Do antibiotics do harm to the gut is a complex question. The mission of antibiotics has the intention to heal. It is very important to understand what antibiotics are, how they work and how they affect the gut.
What are Antibiotics -According to WebMD “Antibiotics are medicines that help stop infections caused by bacteria. They do this by killing the bacteria or by keeping them from copying themselves or reproducing.
The word antibiotic means “anti = against and biotic=life.” Any drug that kills germs in your body is technically an antibiotic. But most people use the term when they’re talking about medicine that is meant to kill bacteria.”
How They Work – Interesting to note that antibiotics have a mission to kill bacteria but all bacteria is not bad but a living organism that has a life sustaining purpose.
You may have noticed that the word virus appears nowhere in the description of what an antibiotic is or does. That means viruses are not affected by antibiotics, yet many people run to the doctor at the hint of a cold or touch of flu.
Apparently, some doctors ignore the fact as in many cases antibiotics are given for conditions other than bacterial infections.
How they affect the body over Time – Since the gut is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Antibiotics often affect the digestive system while they’re treating an infection anywhere in the body. Common side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
Leaky Gut – Unfortunately, antibiotics cannot differentiate between the “bad” bacteria that may be causing a bacterial infection and the “good” bacteria that belong in your gut. … When yeast (candida) starts to multiply, it can damage the lining of your intestinal walls, leading to what’s commonly called leaky gut.
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