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Protect Yourself from Antibiotic Side Effects
Dr. Heather Boyd-Roberts

When your body is given a chance to fight an infection with its own power it strengthens your immune system and often allows the infection to be eliminated more completely. However, in some situations antibiotics may be necessary. If this is your situation read below to find out how to be protected while on antibiotics.

First, antibiotics kill all bacteria including the good bacteria that live in your bowels. When they are killed other organisms, namely yeast, can flourish unnaturally in your bowel. When this happens yeast infections are inevitable. Even if you donít get any symptoms you still end up with permanently altered intestinal flora, that will not, on its own, change back into a healthy flora.

In some people the yeast become so extreme that it leads to long standing symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth. These include: fatigue, sugar cravings, weight gain, joint pains, bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, or reduced immune function leaving you more susceptible to repeated infections.

To protect yourself while on antibiotics:

1) Florastor 1 cap 2x/day while you are taking antibiotics (1 cap/day for children 2- 6 years old) and for a week afterward. The Florastor will prevent yeast overgrowth and keep your bowels healthy and often will prevent unwanted side effects of the antibiotics like vaginal yeast infections and diarrhea.
2) When done the Florastor use HMF Intensive 1 cap 2x/day for 1 month then 1x/day for at least 3 months. For children 2 through 10 use HMF powder 1/4 tsp 2x/day immediately after the Florastor is finished. After 10 years old they can do the adult dose. This will recolinate your bowels with the proper human based organisms that should be prevalent in a healthy gut. Not all probiotics are created equal, so make sure you use the HMF.
3) Every day even if you're not on antibiotics eat fermented foods, such as unpasteurized sauerkraut. It contains lactic acid which is the natural by-product of healthy bacteria and helps the acidophilus flourish. New Seasons and Whole foods sell a kind of cultured sauerkraut made by Bubbies. All other uncultured sauerkraut is made with vinegar and is pasteurized and is more detrimental to your health than helpful.

One final note, there are a lot of different probiotics over the counter now. The challenge is many of them do not contain a human strain of acidophilus. So you may feel better while consuming them, but if the organisms are not human based, they cannot permanently colinate in your intestines so they can never make a permanent change. The HMF is made by Dr. Nigel Plummer, who is a renowned researcher in the probiotic field and he uses the HMF in all his research studies. So make sure you choose a probiotic that is human based.

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