Quick Tip: Probiotics with Antibiotics
I’ve noticed more and more people over the years coming into my health food store looking for probiotics that their doctor has recommended they take while on an antibiotic. This always makes me happy. I’m so glad that doctors (but not enough doctors) recommend something so valuable (probiotics) to take along with antibiotics when suffering from bronchitis, an ear infection, a UTI or whatever. It is so important to restore that healthy bacteria found in our gut that antibiotics kill. Antibiotics can’t tell the difference between good and bad bacteria so it kills both. Without good bacteria in your intestines your body finds it hard to absorb nutrients from the food you eat, you might get diarrhea, or suffer with a weak immune system which means as soon as you start to feel better, you get sick again and find your doctor giving you a prescription for a higher dose antibiotic.
The most important thing to remember when taking a probiotic along with a antibiotic is when to take each of them. So, here’s my quick tip: Take your probiotic three to four hours after you have taken your antibiotic. This way you can build up your good bacteria before another dose of the antibiotic and save your body from suffering any ill side effects from the antibiotic.
And for mothers: Your doctor might suggest putting the antibiotic in your baby’s bottle along with the probiotic. Customers have told me this, and, it does sounds like a great, easy idea. But, your doctors is so wrong about this — Remember, the antibiotic will kill that good bacteria that is in that probiotic, so, you will be wasting your time and money. So please, refer to my quick tip and keep your baby happy while on antibiotics.