Antibiotics are used to treat infections. This is an important and valuable thing when it comes to safe-guarding your health. But the latest health news says that taking too many antibiotics could have negative effects. According to researchers at the University of Manitoba, these wonder drugs may be causing some unwanted prescription side effects.
It all centers on the bacteria in your intestines. Some of these bacteria are helpful and some of them are harmful. The problem with taking antibiotics for an infection is that the drugs are not able to distinguish the good bacteria in the intestines from the bad. This means that, along with any infection that the antibiotics are supposed to kill, some good bacteria may also be destroyed. And when that happens, bad bacteria may multiply, upping your risk for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Previous studies have shown a link between antibiotic use and IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For their study, the Canadian researchers found that 12% of people diagnosed with IBD had been prescribed three or more antibiotics two years before, compared to seven percent without the disease. This means that for every 20 people prescribed three or more antibiotics, there would be one extra case of IBD. Or, to put it another way, people prescribed lots of antibiotics were as much as 50% more likely to get Crohn’s disease within two to five years.
You can lower the need for antibiotics by adding lots of naturally antibiotic foods to your diet. By boosting your nutritional health in this way, you’ll be helping your body to fight off any infections waiting to take hold. Boost your immune system with a daily dose of antioxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Get your doctor’s advice before taking antibiotics to make sure they are really the best course of treatment for your health problem.