When you are ill you are usually given one form of antibiotic or another to combat the viral, fungal or bacterial infection causing the sickness.
However, these drugs usually come with adverse side effects that can cause some form of allergic reaction, discomfort, nausea and vomiting to the sufferer.
It is important to note that if you are placed on a cocktail of antibiotics you need to supplement it with foods or supplements rich in selenium, zinc, and vitamin C and E.
You also need to know that if you do not complete your treatment, there is a high chance that the bacteria infection will return and will be resistant to any future treatment involving the use of the antibiotics used.
You can protect yourself naturally by simply observing the following:
- Consume More Fiber
By eating foods rich in fiber you help your digestive system to function properly and expel waste effectively. This helps you avoid constipation and build-up of harmful bacteria in your body.
- Take More Probiotics
Diseases usually stem from the digestive system, so it is important that your digestive tract lining is healthy and you do this by replenishing the good bacteria in your gut by including acidophilus supplements and for a few weeks after any treatment with antibiotics.
Here are some types of probiotics.
- They can come in liquid, tablet, capsule and powder form.
- You can also get acidophilus drinks from a health food store.
- Probiotics can be derived from yogurt as well as from sauerkraut.
Common Side Effects Of Antibiotics
- Fungal infections of the vagina, digestive tract and mouth
- High sensitivity to the sun, usually when taking tetracycline
- Allergic reactions such as having skin rash
More severe but rare side effects include;
- Some forms of blood disorders (when taking trimethoprim)
- Hearing impairment (when taking erythromycin and the aminoglycosides)
- Having an abnormal blood clotting (when taking some firm of cephalosporin)
- Kidney stones (usually when taking sulphonamides)
Here Are Natural Antibiotics
- Try Out Garlic
This herb has potent antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Research has proven that it is effective in the treatment of several ailments including type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and even HIV.
You can make garlic a part of your culinary choice or it can be eaten raw. You could also add it to your favourite smoothies or health drinks as well. There are even garlic pills that are now available in your local health store.
- Use Onions
Onions are a cousin to garlic and have the health benefits of their illustrious cousin.
They are great for the treatment of the common cold, flu and persistent cough as they also have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Useful Grapefruit Seed Extract
This is effective in the treatment of virus, fungal and bacterial infections such as candida, staph, salmonella, strep, herpes, parasites, E. Coli, influenza and many more.
- Try Out Horseradish
The oils in horseradish have potent antibiotic properties and are effective in the treatment of throat, urinary tract and upper respiratory tract infections.
- Veggies And Fruits
Those veggies and fruits rich in vitamin C will help boost your immune system to help your body natural fight off bacteria, fungal and virus infection. Some fruits and veggies rich in vitamin C that you can consume today include – Oranges, Guavas, Strawberries, Mangoes, Plums, Pineapple, Currants, Kiwi, Acerola, Watermelon, Honeydew, Asparagus, Parsley, Spinach, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Peppers, Broccoli, Chives and Cauliflower.
- Tasty Manuka Honey
This honey comes from Australia and New Zealand. It is obtained from the nectar that is collected by honey bees of the manuka bushes located in New Zealand. This honey is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- Spicy Cinnamon
This spice has essential oils that are classified as anti-microbial foods. Cinnamon powder is rich in antioxidants, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is very useful in regulating blood sugar levels and this makes it great for sufferers of diabetes.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
It is rich in malic acid which has potent anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacteria properties. It is useful for throat infections and it can stimulate a condition known as acetolysis where toxins in the body are made harmless to the body.
- Reliable Ginger
This spice is rich in potent in antimicrobial properties that make it useful in the treatment of flu and common cold. Its gingerol compound also makes it useful in the treatment of cancer.
- Eucalyptus Herb And Oil
This oil has very powerful antiseptic and antibiotic properties. However you should dilute this oil in a carrier oil such as olive or almond oil if it is to be used on the skin. The herb can be taken as a tea and it is useful in fighting fever and you can inhale stream derive from putting the herb in hot water to treat flu, cough and common cold.
It is rich in antioxidants, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It will boost the immune system and provide relief from the pains caused by inflammation of joints. It is useful in the treatment of hay fever, athlete’s foot, vaginal yeast infections, ear infections and sinusitis.
- Olive Leaf
This leaf has strong antimicrobial properties and it is useful in fighting several bacteria, fungal and viral infections.
If you gargle a solution made from this herb you get an effective mouth wash. It has potent antiviral, antibiotic and antiseptic properties. It can also be used in healing wounds and it helps to increase your white blood cell counts.
- Golden Seal Herb
This herb is great for the treatment of ear infection, sore throat and even vaginal infections. You xan E a solution made from it to treat mouth odour and infection, you can also consume it as it can lower your blood sugar level.
There are other spices and herbs which have antibiotic properties such as;
- Bay Leaf
- Caraway Seed
- Wild Indigo
Source: The Science of Eating