How Do IBS and Antibiotics Relate?

IBS and Antibiotics
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IBS and Antibiotics

IBS and AntibioticsScience Daily has recently released a research article, “Food and antibiotics may change microorganisms in gut, causing IBS” discussing IBS and antibiotics.

Specifically, the research talks about food and antibiotics being a root cause of IBS symptoms.

Science Daily states that “IBS is common — up to 20 percent of middle-aged North Americans suffer from IBS and chronic bowel disorder characterized by abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea or constipation or both.”.

That’s a lot of people!

It seems that IBS has been a popular topic in more recent years.


My Experience with Antibiotics

I don’t tolerate antibiotics well.  This was not an issue I had as a child, but only as an adult.

Antibiotics create abdominal cramping in my body, forcing me to stop taking them.

It’s no secret that antibiotics are over prescribed.   In many cases they’re prescribed when unnecessary.

This research article also states their findings: “Antibiotic use, which can disrupt gut microbiota is associated with IBS”.


The Best Natural Antibiotics

Enzymatic Therapy Garlinase, 100 Enteric-coated TabletsEnzymatic Therapy Garlinase, 100 Enteric-coated TabletsBragg Usda Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 Fluid OunceBragg Usda Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 Fluid OunceComvita Manuka Honey New Zealand Honey, 500g (1.1lb)Comvita Manuka Honey New Zealand Honey, 500g (1.1lb)


How To Use These Natural Options

Garlinase Tablets

These are simply tablets swallowed with water as directed by the packaging/ health care professional.

Allicin, which is in garlic and in these tablets has antibiotic properties.

Additionally, the Garlinase tablets are great for cholesterol and good heart health.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

You can add ACV to a glass of water, which is recommended due to its acidity.

Simply add one Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of water.

I would NOT recommend taking the ACV by itself.

This also helps with the harsh taste.

Using this daily can help fight off illnesses and work similarly to an antibiotic.

Manuka Honey

This harder to find honey is known for its anti bacterial and antibiotic properties.

Manuka honey comes from New Zealand.

The bees harvest this honey specifically from Manuka bushes.

Manuka honey is known as a super food, it contains many nutrients and has many uses.

Additionally, Manuka honey can help treat IBS, acid reflux and bacterial overgrowth in the GI tract.

1-2 tablespoons of Manuka honey are recommended per day.

The honey can be taken straight or mixed with herbal tea.


How Our Diet Can Change How We Feel

IBS and AntibioticsScience Daily explains “Diet can change the makeup of bacteria in the GI tract, potentially contributing to symptoms in patients with IBS”.

In simple terms, eating bad foods can create BAD IBS symptoms!

I certainly have less IBS symptoms when I’m eating healthy and clean foods.

This is why so many IBS sufferers turn to a low FODMAP diet.


Low FODMAP Diet Must-Haves!

 

Low FODMAP diet, A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive DisordersLow FODMAP diet, A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive DisordersThe Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS and other Digestive DisordersThe Low-FODMAP Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Gut-Friendly Recipes for IBS and other Digestive DisordersFODY - Low FODMAP Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt Snack Bars 40g (1.41oz) (Box of 12)FODY – Low FODMAP Dark Chocolate, Nuts and Sea Salt Snack Bars 40g (1.41oz) (Box of 12)

 


New Treatment Plans

Because of these research findings on IBS and antibiotics, scientists and health care professionals can work together to create better IBS treatments.


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2 Comments

  1. IBS runs in my family. My aunt was able to get hers under control after she went Vegan. I suspect a big part of that though was she started to eat mainly whole foods. Made a huge difference for her.

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