Eating foods that are rich in probiotics and prebiotics can help your stomach stay strong. Prebiotics are the high fiber foods that your body can’t digest. As they pass through your digestive tract, they feed the probiotics living there, stimulating their growth. In other words, they help the good bacteria (the probiotics) in your gut flourish and make them more effective.
When you’re taking antibiotics, it’s a good idea to eat a diet that’s rich in both prebiotics and probiotics.
Try eating these prebiotic rich foods, such as:
- Leafy bitter greens, like dandelion greens, seaweed, and spinach
- Onions, garlic, and leeks
- Roots, like chicory root and jicama root
These can all help to increase beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus.
Then, add more probiotic-rich foods to your diet, such as:
- Fermented foods like raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut (pasteurization kills the live and active bacteria), tempeh, and kimchi
- Yogurt (with live and active cultures), kefir, and buttermilk (traditional, not cultured)
- Pickles (cucumbers pickled in salty water and fermented; pickles made with vinegar do not have probiotic effects)
If you are trying to incorporate pre-and probiotic foods into your diet, be sure to double check with your doctor or pharmacist about foods and drinks that may interfere with your antibiotics.
Antibiotics play a critical role in killing bad bacteria. But as they destroy infections, they can also cause collateral damage to the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which could result in diarrhea for a couple of days—or even weeks—after you stop taking the medicine. You need the health benefits of antibiotic treatment, but don’t want the nasty stomach side effects.
Antibiotics-diarrhea connection impacts between 5% and 39% of patients, depending on which antibiotic they take. But research shows that probiotic use can curb digestion problems. In fact, taking probiotics during the entire course of antibiotics is an effective way to reduce side effects like antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). They work as a treatment and also preventively. That’s because probiotics replenish the beneficial bacteria in the gut to prevent disruption to the microbiome’s balance. A meta-analysis of 34 other studies found that probiotics reduce instances of AAD by 52%.
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