Over the holidays, just a few short days after Christmas, I wound up with a very bad throat infection. Although it was not strep, it was bad enough to warrant the prescription of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are one of the many great discoveries and innovations of modern medicine. I would be in much more pain if I wasn't taking the antibiotics.
The one downfall of antibiotics is that they are meant to wipe out all bacteria. It essentially cleans up any bacteria in hopes of eliminating the one that's made us sick.
This is why it is important to focus on recolonizing the gut microbiome after a round of antibiotics.
How Do We Recolonize the Gut Microbiome
A very quick way to recolonize the gut microbiome is by taking a probiotic supplement. These supplements are formulated to provide you with all of the beneficial bacteria that your body needs to help support proper digestion, a healthy immune system, and optimal regulation of multiple organ systems. This is why they call your gut the second brain: Because it can influence just about every system in the body.
Some other ways to recolonize the gut microbiome is by eating fermented foods. The fermentation process requires live cultures to feed on the different types of sugars in different foods. The result is things like kimchi from cabbage, kombucha from tea & sugar, and kefir from yogurt cultures. Those little bacteria are still alive and well in those foods, and so by consuming them, you can benefit from them.
My Plan to Recolonize My Gut Microbiome
As soon as my 10 days of anti-biotics are through, my first stop will be to a pharmacy to get probiotics. You can get varying amounts of cultures from the millions to the tens of millions. I will go for the highest culture count to really push the regrowth of good bacteria in my gut. I will support that with my personal favourite fermented food - kombucha. Just a few sips every day should do.
The final piece will be to make sure I promote the right balance of bugs in my belly. Certain bacteria feed off of certain types of food. Some prefer meat, some prefer sugar, and some prefer fruits and veggies. In order to have more of the meat and fruit & veggie loving bacteria, my focus will be on consuming plenty of those foods.
I'll try to find a few recipes on the internet for stuff that supports healthy gut bacteria and share them on here if any of them are worth it.
Exercise will also play a large role in this process as well so I'll be keeping track of workouts and sharing those on here as well.
I still have 7 days left on the antibiotics. For now I just rest, stay hydrated, and as I start to feel better, I will start to incorporate more physical activity and quality solid food back into my routine.
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