What are antibiotics?
Action of Antibiotics
Antibiotics and their Effect on the Gut Microbiome
What can you do to recover from the effects of antibiotics on the gut microbiome?
- Check your gut health status: You should not resort to guesswork when it comes to assessing the damage that antibiotics might have caused to your gut. Get an accurate picture with the Gut Health test . This is a simple at-home test that takes only 10 minutes and will give you an overview of your gut health. The diversity of your gut microbiome is a pointer to your gut health. You need to take immediate action if your MyGut Microbiome Index score is low. Expert dieticians from Bione will guide you on a personalized diet and the changes you need to make to restore gut health.
- Increase intake of probiotic foods: Intake of probiotic foods which contain live beneficial bacteria can go a long way towards restoring gut health. This means fermented foods like yoghurt, kimchi, buttermilk and sauerkraut or taking probiotic supplements. The use of such supplements might help you recover at a faster rate in the short term. Supplements can deliver a wider array of probiotics.
- Eat foods that are easy to digest: In the first few days after taking antibiotics, eat foods that are easy to digest like rice and potatoes that are easy to digest. Such foods with residual starch help to increase the number of good bacteria in the gut.
- Avoid inflammatory foods like sugar: You need to cut out all foods like sugar that can cause stomach inflammation and reintroduce them into the diet slowly.
- Eat foods with soluble fibre: Eat food with lots of soluble fibre. This includes fruits and vegetables like black beans, avocados, sweet potatoes and pears. Though fibre cannot be digested, it helps to add bulk to stool and serves as a food source for good bacteria in the colon.