How do antibiotics impact gut health?

“You are what you eat.” Antibiotics have a major impact on gut health. It is important to take care of your gut and control the amount of antibiotics pill that you pop in.

How do antibiotics impact gut health?- This question keeps ticking on many people’s minds, especially those who are prone to infections. Infections are bound to recur due to a weak immune system. This may cause you to fall prey to antibiotics repeatedly. Repeated and overuse of antibiotics will impact gut health. It has many effects on gut health that cannot be ignored. So, if you are reaching out for antibiotic help repeatedly, it's time to take action to prevent it right now. 

What are antibiotics? 

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs to kill the infection. Infection may be of many types which are as follows- 

  • Bacterial infection 
  • Viral infection 
  • Fungal infection

To stop the spread of infection, it is important to take antibiotics. Without antibiotics, the infectious microorganism may keep on multiplying and may destroy the functioning of the organ. This may affect the quality of life as you become more immunocompromised to infections. 

What is the effect of antibiotics on the gut?

Antibiotics have adverse effects on the gut. It can help in causing side effects which may be difficult to deal with. Let us check out the effects of antibiotics on the gut. 

  • Destroys the gut microbiota 

Antibiotics destroy the good bacteria from the gut which help in digestion. It is essential to have good bacteria which helps in proper gut functioning. Antibiotics cause indigestion with gassy feelings at times. 

  • Imbalance of gut microbiome 

Antibiotics have a tendency to destroy all bacteria, and virus-causing germs. This may cause an imbalance of the gut microbiome leading to a scarcity of bacteria in the gut. It is important to maintain a balanced condition of good and bad bacteria in the gut. 

  • Weakens immune system 

The inability to digest food due to a lack of good bacteria may also affect nutrient absorption. This may result in a weakened immune system and make you more prone to diseases. 

  • Causes gastric problems

Antibiotics may cause indigestion, constipation, and a gassy feeling along with bloating. This may give rise to gastric issues. 

  • Antibiotic resistance

Taking too many antibiotics may cause “Antibiotic Resistance.” You may fail to respond to antibiotics in case of prolonged use or overuse of medicines.

So, it is important to check before you pop in antibiotics. Well, in the majority of cases we cannot ignore antibiotics which are essential to kill infection and stop the microorganism from multiplying. 

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Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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