What You Should Eat During and After Antibiotics

What the Antibiotics Are?

Willingly or unwillingly one needs to go with things unwanted. Antibiotics for me at least are one of such most hated things, because of the side effects. The most common being the stomach disturbance. You like it or not but antibiotics are blessing able to fight many diseases and curing a plethora of infections. It all started with the discovery of penicillin (1928) and still going on. The new generation of more effective antibiotics is being discovered and produced every day. The graph of improvements is pushing up and up.

The Dark Side

Mainly these are two types, broad & narrow spectrum, broad being able to kill a variety of germs, viruses, and narrow to work on a few of them. The major issue caused by antibiotics is the destruction of your gut microbiota, which is a whole ecosystem balanced with both good and bad bacteria. Antibiotics kill bacteria but unfortunately is not smart enough so far, to distinguish among good and bad ones, both become the target. This than disturbs your gut microbiome, causing common issues like, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, etc. to jump in.

The following foods are good to use when on antibiotics and after. It will help reversing the dark side of the use of antibiotics.

Probiotics rich foods

Probiotics are intestinal healthy microorganism that restores healthy intestinal bacteria. Some of these are listed below. Yogurt is a rich source of active probiotic bacteria, good for many other health issues, recommended to use fresh. Kefir another by-product of milk has the same level of probiotic bacteria as yogurt, having anti-inflammatory properties too.

Non-dairy Foods

Sauerkrout is a lactic fermentation of finely chopped cabbage. It has high amount of vitamin B12,B13, C & K.

Vitamin K Foods

Reasonable daily intake of vitamin K has suggested 90 micrograms in adult women & 120 micrograms for adult men. Dark green leaves veggies, spinach, collards, etc. are best to use during and after antibiotics use.

Vitamin B12 Rich Foods

Vitamin B12 stimulates the proper development of red cells, deficiency of which causes anemia. Increase your intake when on and post ATB treatment. The best source is fish, red meat, and dairy products.

Folic Acid Rich Foods

Folic acid is essential for muscle, brain, and eye health and improving red blood cell development. Daily use of 400 to 800 microgram folic acid is suggested. The richest source is spinach, beets, green leafy veggies, broccoli, and peanut, etc.  

Vitamin B1

Deficiency leads to nerve damage, heart diseases, and muscle weakness. Lentils, sunflower seeds, oats, and red meat are rich in vitamin B1.

What not to take

  1. Pure dairy products
  2. Calcium, magnesium-rich intakes,
  3. Junk food
  4. Oily food
  5. Food supplements
  6. Protein Rich food like pulses.
  7. Pure dairy products however not absolutely prohibited but can be taken if unavoidable conditions after 3-4 hours of using antibiotics.

Caring is Curing

By the way, caring is better than cure. We can avoid many health issues if we remain a little careful about our daily routine intakes. Make your choices on the basis of the quality of food, freshness, and nutrient values rather than taste and convenience alone. Taking a good quantity of raw veggies, (all sorts of salads) and fruits will help to care for your immune system as 80% of it is contained within the gut.

  • Urza Omar
  • The writer is a freelance blogger, content, copywriter, and an accredited motivational speaker and trainer.