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4 ways antibiotic overdose can damage our gut health; ways to correct

Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST
  • Overusing antibiotics may wipe out beneficial bacteria in our gut. Nutritionist Karishma Shah on how taking them frequently can damage gut health.
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"Do you reach for antibiotics at the first sign of a mild fever? Before you do, let's take a closer look at the dark side of antibiotics. While antibiotics are powerful tools against harmful bacteria causing infections, they don't discriminate, often wiping out the beneficial bacteria in our gut as well," says Nutritionist Karishma Shah, who shares how taking antibiotics frequently can damage gut health, and how one can restore it. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST

"Do you reach for antibiotics at the first sign of a mild fever? Before you do, let's take a closer look at the dark side of antibiotics. While antibiotics are powerful tools against harmful bacteria causing infections, they don't discriminate, often wiping out the beneficial bacteria in our gut as well," says Nutritionist Karishma Shah, who shares how taking antibiotics frequently can damage gut health, and how one can restore it. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Our gut bacteria are essential for digestion, immunity, and overall health. Reducing these populations with antibiotics can significantly impair our gut health, leading to digestive issues, weakened immunity, and more.  expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Our gut bacteria are essential for digestion, immunity, and overall health. Reducing these populations with antibiotics can significantly impair our gut health, leading to digestive issues, weakened immunity, and more. 

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It's crucial to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary if you want to avoid long term health issues. Shah explains how they impact our gut health.  (Yves Herman / REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST

It's crucial to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary if you want to avoid long term health issues. Shah explains how they impact our gut health.  (Yves Herman / REUTERS)

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Antibiotics are powerful: They can wipe out harmful bacteria causing infections but also sweep away the beneficial bacteria in our gut. (Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Antibiotics are powerful: They can wipe out harmful bacteria causing infections but also sweep away the beneficial bacteria in our gut. (Shutterstock)

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The role of gut bacteria: Our gut bacteria play a crucial role in digestion, immunity, and overall health. When antibiotics reduce these populations, our gut health can suffer. (Freepik) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST

The role of gut bacteria: Our gut bacteria play a crucial role in digestion, immunity, and overall health. When antibiotics reduce these populations, our gut health can suffer. (Freepik)

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An imbalance in gut flora: Antibiotic use can lead to digestive issues, weakened immunity, and more. It's important to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. (Aleksandra Sagan/Canadian Press/empics/picture alliance ) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST

An imbalance in gut flora: Antibiotic use can lead to digestive issues, weakened immunity, and more. It's important to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. (Aleksandra Sagan/Canadian Press/empics/picture alliance )

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Rebuilding gut health: If you've had to use antibiotics, rebuilding your gut flora becomes essential. Incorporating probiotics, fermented foods, and maintaining a healthy diet can help restore balance and strengthen your gut health.  (Photo: Shutterstock) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 22, 2024 10:23 AM IST

Rebuilding gut health: If you've had to use antibiotics, rebuilding your gut flora becomes essential. Incorporating probiotics, fermented foods, and maintaining a healthy diet can help restore balance and strengthen your gut health.  (Photo: Shutterstock)

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