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Recovering from Antibiotics

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Taking an antibiotic is a reality in the world we live in today. Sometimes we are conscious of the fact we are taking it because we fill the prescription from our Doctor but other times we can be taking antibiotics unknowingly because they can be in some of the foods we eat.

Killing bacteria can be a good thing to get rid of the bacteria that we don’t want but antibiotics also kill all of the good bacteria we need. Good bacteria is an integral part of healthy digestion and responsible for 70% of our immune system.

I fully believe that there is a time and a place for taking antibiotics and one of the reasons that I am writing this article is that I recently had to go on an antibiotic for about a month. I wanted to minimize the negative effects of taking the antibiotics so I did some digging around.

I have been to some seminars put on by Dr. Tom O’Bryan, who I would consider an authority on proper gut and digestive health. In this video he discusses how to restore your gut health after antibiotic use.

Dr. O’Bryan breaks it down into 2 main categories, Foods to avoid and foods to eat.

Foods to avoid:

Wheat, dairy, bad fats, and sugar. These are inflammatory foods that should be avoided while taking antibiotics and for 2-4 weeks after antibiotic exposure (I would recommend for a lifetime but that will be discussed in other articles). Inflammation from these foods severely delays the healing process of our body. It is kind of like throwing more gas on the fire when we should be trying to put the fire out.

Studies have found that the amount of antibiotics that are taken in kids under the age of 5 is a direct correlation with the amount they get sick in the future and their IQ in the future. This means that the more antibiotics they have the more sick they get and the lower their IQ will be. Studies have also shown that the negative effects of taking these antibiotics can be resolved by repairing the gut.

Foods to eat:

Stewed apples/apple sauce: a gut healer to help restore gut health.

Cover chopped apples with water for 8-10 min until the skin gets a shine. The shine on the apple skin is the pectin being released and this helps the good bacteria and the gut lining to heal. The frequency would be about 2x/day and that would be a small bowl of about 5-10 bite for about a week then 1x/day for about 3 weeks.

Chicken Bone Broth: The natural collagen in the broth helps seal the gut that is damaged from antibiotics.

Antibiotics cause microtears in the digestive lining thus increasing the size of food particles that enter our blood stream. Your body does not recognize these bigger molecules in the blood so it develops antibodies which causes allergies. The amount of food allergies you have can be greatly reduced by healing this “leaky gut”.

Vegetables: we have a whole new lining in the gut in 3-7 days and a whole new body in 7 years. Fuel to build the new cells come from vegetable fiber. When we don’t have bricks to build a brick house it will use straw and it will be far less strong, so when the digestive system is rebuilding without the proper raw resources it will adapt with less ideal building blocks resulting in an unhealthy gut.

Tuber/root vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, beats and even bananas are good sources of fuel for good bacteria due to the insoluble fibers they contain. Bad bacteria doesn’t use this fiber as a food source.

Fermented Vegetables: non-pasteurized vegetable source is ideal.

Get a variety of different vegetables as different ones have different strains of good bacteria. Diversity of the gut bacteria is key to good gut health and this can be done by taking even just a fork full of a different fermented vegetable each day.


Written by Dr. Aaron Cain

Health, wellness, and optimum performance have always interested Dr. Cain. As a kid and early adult, he spent a lot of time training for the goal of being the best hockey player that he could be. This quest brought him to different levels, including junior hockey in Flin Flon Manitoba, Northern Michigan University, The Calgary Flames minor league system, and then over to Europe. As the level of competition increased, it became more apparent that even small increases in performance could make a large difference in what level a player could reach. His experience really motivated him to research optimum performance in athletes. It made sense to him that, if the brain and nervous system control the entire body, the better that this system works, the better the person works. This led Dr. Cain to his next path, Chiropractic School in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Cain received a master’s degree that focused on athletes and human performance. As fun as it was to work with athletes of all different levels, he started to shift his focus more towards family practice and educating people on not only chiropractic, but also on the way they eat, move, and think. Dr. Cain has always loved the city of Calgary and all that the mountains had to offer. So in 2004, he decided to move here and start his chiropractic practice. Since that time, he has found it very rewarding to help the people of his community reach their health goals and to expand their minds to what is possible by making healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Cain looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the level of health you deserve.
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