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When you suffer from strep throat, an ear infection, a urinary tract infection or other common bacterial infections, the most common medication prescribed by doctors is antibiotics.
Antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections. There are different types of antibiotics that work against different strains of bacteria and some types of parasites.
When used properly, they either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause a particular health problem. This in turn helps your natural immune system fight the infection.
But antibiotics often have side effects that cause other temporary health issues. Some common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, vaginal yeast infections, allergic reactions and inner ear problems.
1. Eat Probiotic Yogurt
When taking antibiotics, it is highly recommended to include yogurt with ‘good bacteria’ in your diet.
Eating yogurt that contains ‘live cultures’ (also labeled as probiotic yogurt) helps your body recover from diarrhea, one of the common side effects of antibiotics. These live cultures are gut-friendly bacteria that provide a layer of protection in the intestines and help generate lactic acid to get bacterial toxins out of the body.
2. Eat Fermented Foods or Take a Probiotic Supplement.
Apart from yogurt, many fermented foods naturally contain a high amount of probiotics. So, in addition to yogurt, include kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, pickled beets, pickled turnips, pickled carrots and kimchi in your diet.
3. Eat Garlic.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic that helps kill harmful microbes without the side effects of antibiotic medicines. Also, it contains an important compound known as allicin that protects your kidneys and liver from the potential damage of antibiotics.
4. Take Milk Thistle Supplements.
Taking traditional antibiotics can be hard on your liver, which is responsible for breaking down the medications you ingest.
To protect your liver from any damage due to a course of antibiotics, the herb milk thistle is very effective. The rich antioxidants in this herb help protect the liver.
5. Sip Ginger Tea
Whether you suffer from diarrhea, nausea or vomiting due to prescribed antibiotics, ginger is effective in dealing with these side effects.
Ginger’s natural antibiotic property helps prevent and treat many health problems caused by bacteria. Fresh ginger has an antibiotic effect against food-borne pathogens as well as respiratory and periodontal infections.
6. Eat Bland Foods.
Some of the most widely reported side effects of antibitoics include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
To counter these issues, it is advisable that you eat only bland food during and after a cource of antibiotics. These types of food inlcude dry crackers, plain bread, white rice, etc.
7. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic.
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that help fight harmful bacteria in your body. Also, it is a good remedy for controlling diarrhea, one of the common side effects of antibiotic medicine.
8. Drink Enough Fluids.
To counter dry mouth caused by medicines and a mild loss of fluids from diarrhea or vomiting, drink more water.
Drinking an ample amount of water throughout the day will keep your body hydrated.
For a more-severe loss of water, drink fluids that contain water, sugar and salt to help replace electrolytes that the body needs.
9. Stay Healthy.
One way to deal with side effects of antibiotics is to stay healthy so you don’t have to take them for long. Take steps to support your health in the following way.
10. Take Antibiotics as Directed.
Last but not least, you must always take your antibiotic medicine as directed by your physician.
For instance, some antibiotics should be taken only with water. Others need to be taken with food in order to increase their absorption in the body and ward off an upset stomach, a common side effect of antibiotics.
Disclaimer: The materials and the information contained on All About Your Health channel are provided for general and educational purposes only and do not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.