Everyone’s probably heard that antibiotics aren't good for your gut and kill off your healthy bacteria and can cause Dysbiosis but what do they actually do? A team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Steno Diabetes Centre in Copenhagen just published a study showing that when three antibiotics were given to young healthy men for only 4 days it caused an almost complete eradication of gut bacteria.
While after 6 months there was a gradual recovery of some bacterial species, the study participants were still completely missing nine of their common beneficial bacteria and a few new potentially pathogenic bacteria had colonised the gut. This research is actually considered a good news story because the results are more positive that what most other research studies have demonstrated.
Dysbiosis has been shown to be a risk factor in a number of diseases including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, obesity, diabetes, psychiatric conditions, Irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, asthma, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease and can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain and cramping, indigestion, reflux, heartburn, food intolerances, fatigue, brain fog, lowered mood, joint pain and skin conditions.
If you’re struggling with any of these conditions or symptoms or have had multiple courses of antibiotics throughout your life then make a time to come talk to me about how we can get your gut health back on track. You can book online at www.remed.com.au or call 1300 163 733.
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