Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Antibiotics

It is important to keep an eye on the various components of our diet. This allows for preventing several health issues at the root before it becomes a bigger problem. 

Antibiotics are chemical weapons against bad microbes and/or pathogens. In many situations, these medicines can save lives like helicobacter infection and help to combat pneumonia, long-term throat infections, etc. However, antibiotics should be taken only when medically prescribed. We have to pay heed to the usage as one can develop mild diarrhea or big stools in resistance against certain kinds of bacteria. It can sometimes also alter natural gut bacteria and affect digestion and the absorption process.

Points to be kept in mind about antibiotics:

  1. Do not take antibiotics unless it is essential for bettering one’s health condition.
  2. Consume foods like dairy and meat with caution due to the lack of regulations in processing these food items in several countries.
  3. Wash fruits and veggies thoroughly. It is better to soak them in water for some time and then dry them with a cloth before storing them for future use.

Probiotics are helpful and healthy microbes. Today, everyone connects the word probiotics with immunity and gut health. We have been eating probiotics since time immemorial. Without them, we do not exist. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, kaffir, sour milk, sourdough, buttermilk, miso, pickles, kimchi, idli, dosa. But there is a difference between natural and industrially produced probiotics. Industrial products undergo treatment like high heat, vinegar usage and focus on just one or two strains of microbes like lactobacillus and bifidum bacteria. On the other hand, naturally fermented products have a diverse bacteria culture.

Prebiotics produce good gut bacteria through their intake. For example, eating insoluble fiber which undergoes fermentation in the body can produce SCFA (short-chain fatty acids) like butyrate and promotes the growth of beneficial microbes naturally. But one has to be careful while introducing those foods into one’s diet for the very first time. Some people might develop bloating, flatulence; specifically those people who don’t have a habit of a fiber-rich diet or they have certain conditions like SIBO, leaky gut, etc. Prebiotics is a powerful tool. Use them wisely and see the magical effects.

Keep a watchful eye on your diet as always and stay healthy!

Authored by:
Dt. Deepta Nagpal 
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