When your doctor gave you your last prescription for an antibiotic, did he tell you it would make you fat?
Taking antibiotics regularly can do all kinds of strange things to your body. And that includes making you gain weight.
The bacteria in your gut play an important role in determining whether your body stores the food you eat as excess pounds.
Your gut is filled with both good and bad bacteria. Nature designed you that way. In fact, bacteria in your gut out number cells in your body 10 to 1. And a lot of these bacteria are doing good things for you, like digesting your food and preventing infection. But every time you take antibiotics, you kill off good bacteria as well as what you are trying to get rid of. The one thing you do not kill is yeast and if you know anything about yeast growes rapidly if thyer is nothing to stop it- like the good bacteria that was killed off).
Ghrelin hormone is one of your body’s “hunger hormones.” It tells your brain when it’s time to eat. And if you eat too much of the wrong stuff, like carbs and starches, you’ll pack on the pounds fast. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria is actually a normal part of your gut’s “ecosystem.” H. pylori can cause problems like ulcers when that bodies balance gets disrupted by antibiotics. However, you need H. pylori to keep your ghrelin hormone in check. Balance once again.
The simple way to avoid messing with ghrelin – and all the other good and bad guys in your gut – is to take antibiotics only as a last resort. With the imbalance in the “ecosystem,” you can have everything from weight gain to yeast infections and chronic disease. Then no one seems to know where this all comes from.
In our modern world of the Standard American Diet, antibiotics aren’t so easy to avoid.
They’re in your tap water, your burgers. In fact, that’s how farmers make big bucks increasing the weight of their cattle. By adding large amounts of antibiotics to modify their gut bacteria, the animals get fatter. And unfortunately, that same effect gets passed on to you when you eat them.
In my 30 years of alternative health practices I’ve found that prevention is worth everything.
Following the seven steps below will help you maintain an 85/15 ratio of good and bad bacteria in your gut. So you won’t get sick enough to need “fattening” antibiotics.
1. Eat nutrient dense whole foods. This will boost your immunity, rid your system of toxins, and protect you from inflammation and insulin resistance, which can also cause weight gain and chronic disease. Make sure you eat plenty of veggies, fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
2. Don’t over feed unfriendly bacteria. Sugar and starches are bad bacteria’s favorite meal. And the more you feed these bacteria, the faster they’ll multiply in your body. That can lead to fungal infections, yeast over growths, and even disease. Not to mention gas and bloating.
3. Super-charge your immunity. Choose supplements carefully. I recommend a whole food green drink every morning. You will get your vitamin C, Selenium, b vitamins and much more read you label. If you are over 30 you might consider 50 mg of the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 a day.
4. Make sure you have a healthy bowl movement every day. The easiest way to do this is to eat plenty of fibrous foods like flax and hemp I also like this in the morning make a great mid morning snack in a fruit smoothie. This will prevent undigested food from building up in your system which in turn feeds the bad bacteria that can make you sick. If you have a problem in this are cut out any dairy and see if that is the issue.
5. Take pro-biotics for at least 60 days if you do need an antibiotic. If you are having digestive problems you might want to take pro-biotics now everyday for 60 days. The live microorganisms in pro-biotics slow the growth of bad bacteria and help maintain the right balance of good bacteria.
6. Drink filtered water. Water utilities have found more than 315 pollutants in tap water – including antibiotics. The easiest way to avoid consuming them unintentionally is to buy a filter for your sink and shower. Look for one that removes chlorine, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and trihalomethanes and fluoride.