Antibiotics and Gut Microbiome

Always considering antibiotics for any sort of sickness is something that many Americans do. Besides, many of us just want to get better ASAP so we can get back to our lives of Go! Go! Go! A new study published in mBio revealed that just one week course of taking antibiotics changed the gut microbiome with modifications that lasted up to a year.
During the study, researchers had participants use four sorts of antibiotics that are commonly prescribed: clindamycin, ciprofloxacin, minocycline, and amoxicillin. The participants’ oral and gut microbiomes were studied before and after taking antibiotics.
Antibiotics are a kind of go-to solution for a lot of things and in many cases, it’s best to avoid it’s use if at all possible. Of course, there are many reasons to use antibiotics but using it for every cough and cold is probably not the best use of it. Antibiotics do not have the ability to discern what are the good and bad bacteria it just attacks everything in its path.
Building the gut microbiome back up is also not that easy and according to some studies, some of the good bacteria lost to bad food, exercise, stress and the use of antibiotics may never bring them back. What does all of this mean? More studies have to be done, but I would say it means an overuse of antibiotics is going to lower our bodies immunity over time which in the end will cause us to become sicker than we were in the first place.
If you have more questions about how to better handle your gut health, please do not hesitate to call my office for an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD