At one point or another in our lives, most of us have taken antibiotics in some form. Often prescribed as a preventative measure post operatively, for a common cold, or bacterial infection, antibiotics are excellent at killing bacteria. The problem is antibiotics don’t have the ability to separate the good from the bad bacteria and ultimately destroy both. This can cause an array of health ailments, not to mention if used incorrectly creates superbugs.
Many researchers and practitioners alike agree that the majority of our immunity stems from a healthy gut. This means we need the good bacteria in there to help fight the bad and keep a balanced micro biome. Probiotics play a vital role in repopulating the good live bacteria in the gut. Unfortunately many western doctors don’t mention the importance of taking probiotics after a round of antibiotics though if you see a holistic medicine practitioner you can almost count on them recommending it. It is best to take probiotics a few hours after your dose of antibiotics or you can wait until you’ve completed your round all together.
In some cases pharmaceutical antibiotics are necessary, however, in many cases, you can use natural antibiotics (the same ones that have been used throughout history) as effectively to combat illness. The bonus is you won’t completely wipe out your healthy gut flora in the process and there are no negative side effects!
7 Natural Antibiotics
Raw garlic contains a compound called allicin (which has similar properties to penicillin.)
Garlic is naturally antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and antioxidant.
Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.
Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years. New Zealands Manuka Honey is considered the most potent.
Ginger has been used to treat common cold and flus for centuries in addition to its use for upset stomach, nausea, muscle and joint pains.
4. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.
High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.
Native to North America, this antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral herb has been used for centuries in tribal medicine to treat pain and sickness.
6. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal Silver disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.
7. Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is anti-microbial, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.
It can be used internally and externally in the treatment of wounds, respiratory problems, digestive upset, and even the common cold.
7 Powerful Probiotics
Apple Cider Vinegar
Kim Chi (a Korean cabbage dish)