Your gut microbiome is super important to overall health and is the first topic in this new video series called "One Thing I Know". Your gastrointestinal microbiota ("gut microbiome') consists of trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive tract. They are imperative for effective digestive function and also for immunity. At any point your gut microbiome are either increasing or decreasing overall inflammation in your your body. Inflammation is the natural response of the body to fight infection and disease but when it becomes disregulated chronic illness can result.
I am constantly updating my knowledge by reading books and listening to podcasts and taking courses. A big part of my whole reason for doing what I do is to help people to be better able to improve and maintain their own wellbeing so therefore I love to be able to share new things that I learn.
I recently listened to an episode of the Low Top Life podcast (which I HIGHLY recommend) where Alexx was interviewing one of the world's most pre-eminent specialists in the microbiota, Dr Jason Hawrelak. The chat covers some of the other microbiota that are important to consider including the nasal microbiome and the vaginal microbiome, but something that really leapt out at me was the bit about how to best manage the gut micobiome when we have to take a course of antibiotics.
If you are really interested in this stuff you may have heard of a study fairly recently that determined that taking probiotics AFTER a course of antibiotics - which has been recommended by GPs ever since I was a kid! - can actually make it more difficult for the gut to repair itself and come back to normal levels of healthy microbiota. It goes without saying that this is highly likely to result in ongoing or repeated illness.
These are the pro-tips that I wanted to share so when you next have to take a course of antibiotics you can better looking after your overall wellbeing:
- start taking a probiotic supplement as soon as you start the antibiotics (probiotics are like the seeds that you plant to grow good bacteria) - take the supplement at least 2 hours apart from the medication
- eat lots of probiotic foods as well (yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut. NB. Vaalia yoghurt has medicinal levels of very good bacterial strands - full fat plain yogurt is always the best choice)
- continue taking the probiotic supplement and eating the foods for 6 months after you finish the course of medication
- start taking prebiotics as soon as you finish the course of medication and continue this for 3 months (prebiotics are like the fertiliser that supports the growth of good bacteria)
- eat lots of prebiotic foods as well (a wide variety of vegetables & fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains)
- use lots of turmeric post medication due to its anti-inflammatory properties
If you're interested in my other posts about gut health, feel free to check out The Gut-Brain Connection: how it affects your wellbeing and Common Digestive Complaints: which essential oils to use
Oh and something else that really leapt out at me (but I don't discuss in the video), especially because of all the work I do with women around fertility, was that the vaginal microbiome can have a big impact on how easy it is for us ladies to fall pregnant. So if you're trying or thinking about trying to have a bub in the near future, talk to your doctor about getting your vaginal microbiome tested. If they don't know what you're talking about then perhaps refer them to the podcast and find a naturopath who does! And if this is you, you might like to also check out my Blog: Preparing for Conception on all Energetic Levels.
Feel free to contact me directly if you'd like any other information. Be well!