Probiotics Are Good For People On Antibiotics

probiotics for gut healthWe all want to be as healthy as possible. But when it comes to taking antibiotics for whatever health condition we have, these drugs can make us feel unwell with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and similar digestive problems, especially if the antibiotic therapy is a long one or at a high dosage.

Probiotics are helpful in times where we need to take antibiotics. One of the main reasons why we should take probiotics during our antibiotic therapy is because antibiotics will cause disruption to your digestive system.

The human gut is normally populated with beneficial bacteria, which we call gut flora. These beneficial bacteria are necessary to keep the unhealthy bacteria and yeast under control, so that they don’t over populate and cause digestive problems. They are also required for normal digestion and immune health.

The role of antibiotics is to kill bacterial infections. So when people start taking antibiotics, these drugs will try to destroy both the beneficial and unhealthy bacteria in the gut, which causes an unbalance in our digestive system.

Probiotics will repopulate our gut with beneficial bacteria to restore the balance, repair and prevent digestive problems. They are also helpful in protecting people from acquiring drug-resistant bacteria, which is a problem with overuse of antibiotics.

According to Natural News, a study was conducted where hospital patients taking probiotics had a reduced chance of acquiring resistant bacteria by 70 percent. This is good news! 

Probiotics in general is good for us. In fact, people should be taking it on a daily basis if they can.

Find out more about probiotics by reading the article “How good is the ‘GOOD’ bacteria for our health?”. CLICK HERE!

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19 comments

  1. Chris says:

    top article! I’ve noticed a lot of info online about benefits of probiotics and live cultures found in yogurts, but I didn’t really realize that they had antibiotic positives as well.
    Tell me, does this process work for people of all ages? These days toddlers are also given antibiotics from time to time?

  2. Eric says:

    I’ve never used probiotics but have heard about them on TV, the internet and such.

    I think there are some foods that have probiotics in them, such as yogurt. However I have a question for you regarding cider vinegar.

    My family used to own a cider mill that my Great Grandfather had bought in the early 1900’s. We made all natural – no preservatives or additives sweet cider that we sold over the counter.

    Some folks (us too) made hard cider in old 55 gallon whiskey barrels and also cider vinegar in the same type of barrels.

    My Great Grandparents and Grandparents swore by drinking a shot of cider vinegar a day. one of them carried a gallon in the car and drank more than a shot a day.

    These folks lived well into their 90’s and had very few health problems – other than aging. Something else to keep in mind is that they mainly ate everything from their garden or slaughtered their own livestock for food. What I’m getting at is that they didn’t eat much of the preserved food and sugars of todays world.

    I have also read about cider vinegar as a remedy to maintain proper stomach and intestinal bacteria.

    So my question – is cider vinegar a probiotic or similar to one? Have you heard or read of the benefits of cider vinegar?

    I have a 30 year old bottle I swig from now and again but it will certainly put hair on your chest.
    -eric

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Eric, cider vinegar is definite not a probiotic. Probiotics are microorganisms that provide health benefits to humans. Yoghurt have live cultures in them that are beneficial to our gut. Whereas, cider vinegar doesn’t have these microorganisms even though they have some good health benefits associate with them. Hope this answers your question!

  3. sietze says:

    Great information for those who are not aware of this and also a reminder for those of us in the know. As a holistic therapist I stress this over and over again. The fact that we all need probiotics every day regardless of antibiotics is an important point.

  4. Yishan says:

    Hi Teresa,
    This article changes my opinion on Probiotics. I always think probiotics only help bowel movement and supply some vitamins as well. I never know about the antibiotics aspect. Very interesting.
    How much should we take per day? Do they have some guide for that? I want to overdose probiotics. Thanks for sharing this to us.

    • Teresa says:

      It depends on what probiotics you are taking. Probiotics can be from yohurts, capsules, some superfood health product eg. Miessence InLiven Probiotic Superfood. You should be taking probiotics on a daily basis. I don’t believe you can overdose on them. If you buy a bottle of capsules, just follow the instructions. If you love yoghurt, include some of this into your diet on a daily basis. Hope this helps.

  5. Valerie says:

    I’ve heard about probiotics for years but essentially have ignored them. You brought up a good point about antibiotics killing off even the good bacteria that we need. I’m sure I will keep this in mind the next time one of us needs antibiotics and will be discussing it with the doctor. I’m curious, with knowing probiotics are in products like yogurt, do we need them on a regular basis? I’m trying to do everything I can to be healthy! Thanks!!

  6. Cathy says:

    Hi there Theresa,

    This is quite interesting. I never know that you can use probiotics in adjunct to antibiotics. I always thought that they have some kind of antagonizing effect against one another.

    What is the time gap that you would suggest in between pro and antibiotic in take? Are there any contraindication for probiotics intake for long term consumption?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Cathy, it is recommended that probiotics should be taken on a daily basis, whether you take antibiotic or not. But it is especially beneficial for those who are on antibiotic treatment.
      Probiotics are not a medicine, they are basically beneficial bacteria for the health of your gut!

  7. Vitaliy says:

    I take probiotics every single morning (acidopholis). I have been told they help you absorb nutrients better, is this true?

    When I take them, I also take supplements for health such as biotin, seaweed capsules and a few other things. I don’t really feel different after, but I believe in them.

    I do know after taking antibiotics, you should take probiotics to help.

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Vitaliy, I believe they are good for your digestive system in general. That includes absorbing nutrients better. I believe in probiotics!

  8. chrisJ says:

    I usually do not have any of the aforementioned problems with my gut or stomach. I do sometimes but I usually know what caused it by what I consumed earlier that day. However, you still have caught my attention with the probiotics and I will come back to this page or keep your information in mind next time I have reoccurring problems.

  9. jazzy323 says:

    I couldnt agree more with this article. as a person who took a lot of anti biotics when I was a child, I definitely did not know that probiotics could help the digitestive system and that it helps overall. I feel that when you take anti biotics, you dont necessarily feel like eating anyway so taking probiotic drinks can be very useful

  10. NemiraB says:

    Hello, thanks for spreading a message about importance of probiotics.
    Overall as I see nowadays is popular to talk about probiotics, but in this case never will be too much.
    Why? Because our digestive system takes a big part in our body’s well-being.
    When antibiotics kill all good bacteria, our bowels can not absorb vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
    Probiotics help to keep the gut healthy, to perform bodily functions without disturbing immune system.
    Thanks for giving information, why do we need take probiotics after antibiotic’s usage.
    All the best, Nemira.

  11. Danielle says:

    I couldn’t agree more! Probiotics are so so important and even more so when on antibiotics that wipe your system clean. I am absolutely astounded that medical practitioners don’t recommend them when they prescribe antibiotics. I had to find out from my naturopath and it immediately made all the difference for me! Thanks for getting the word out there. :)

  12. Brandy says:

    This is such good information to know. I know that antibiotics attack both the good and the bad bacteria, but I never even thought about supplementing that with probiotics. The good news is that probiotic use seems to be gaining in popularity.

    Is there benefits or drawbacks to the way you get your probiotics? Such as capsuls, liquids, or even in foods like yogurt? I’m assuming its just a matter of quantity, but I wonder if one method is better than the others.

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