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A List Of Natural Antibiotics

Whether to take antibiotics or not is the question many people ask themselves when faced with illness, so we’re taking you through a list of natural antibiotics that you can discuss with your doctor as an option. 

The ratio of people affected by antibiotics harming their digestive system is 1 in 10, while 1 in 15 people suffer severe allergic reactions. Experts warn that antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones are linked to the damage done to a wide range of body systems, including the musculoskeletal system, eyes, kidneys, liver and even tissues in the brain.

When it comes to antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that many different species of bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. They consider antibiotic resistance a significant threat to global health and food security.

The WHO also warns people against the overuse or underuse of antimicrobials as it worsens instances of antibiotic resistance. They urge people to speak to their healthcare professionals before embarking on a course of antibiotics. 

What Is An Antibiotic?

Antibiotics are medicines that fight off nasty infections caused by bacteria in humans and animals. It does this by either killing the bacteria or making it difficult for the bacteria to grow and multiply, explains the CDC.

Bacteria are essentially disease-causing germs. They live in the environment and all over the inside and outside of our bodies. Most bacteria are harmless or even helpful to people, but some can cause infections.

The Prescription

With the upsurge in drug-resistance diseases, doctors will only prescribe antibiotics if they prove to be effective and vital. 

Antibiotics are usually prescribed under these conditions:

  • The entire dosage should be taken as recommended;
  • To halt the spread of infectious diseases;
  • To prevent a potential fatality or for the condition from worsening; or
  • To prevent complications from developing and speeding up an injury or illness recovery.

Choosing Natural Antibiotics

More people are choosing to add natural home remedies to their daily diets when it is still possible. 

Adding these to your diet is a preventative measure against bacterial infections, as it helps fight to invade pathogens when you are already infected. And it assists with boosting good bacteria in the gut microbiome and reduces inflammation in the body.

The List Of Proven Home Remedy Antibiotics:

  • Garlic. Finely chop 1 to 3 cloves, and let it stand until the enzymes are released. The mixture is converted to the potent anti-bacterial and antimicrobial allicin that fights many strains of bacteria, viruses and infections from mild diseases such as colds, flu, and toothache to severe diseases such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli). The raw mixture can be added to salads, drinks, soup or drunk with water.
  • Onions: chop up and leave to stand to increase the phytonutrients. Like garlic, onions reduce pain and inflammation; and beat colds and flu. They’re most effective for this when eaten raw. They contain therapeutic sulphur compounds such as cysteine sulphoxides and flavonoids.
  • Oregano oil has the most powerful anti-bacterial and antifungal compounds, namely carvacrol and thymol. These have the capacity to fight several strains of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant varieties and are used effectively in treating E.coli. Take 1 or 2 drops of essential oregano oil in water or oil, or take the oil in soft gel capsule form for no longer than two weeks. Oregano is also an antioxidant, boosts the immune system and is anti-inflammatory. 
  • Cloves, which contain eugenol, have been effective in fighting bacteria in the oral cavity. Recent research has found that clove water extract has the capacity to fight E.coli and other strains of bacteria. 
  • Echinacea. Echinacea purpurea extract is used to treat infections and wounds. It has the capacity to kill Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes) which causes strep throat, toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease. Echinacea also destroys other types of bacteria and fights inflammation caused by bacteria. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar has antibiotic properties thanks to its malic acid content. It prevents and relieves sore throats by killing the infection-causing bacteria. 
  • Cinnamon. Besides helping to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes, cinnamon has antibiotic properties that work best for treating yeast infections caused by the pathogenic yeast Candida Albicans. This is the main culprit in gastrointestinal tract infections. Cinnamon is most effective when you drink it with water. Simmer cinnamon bark in a pot, and when cooled, place it in a jug in the fridge for drinking over a few days.

Other natural antibiotic options include pure Manuka honey from New Zealand, ginger, eucalyptus, horseradish, vitamin C, and grapefruit seed extract. Always speak to your doctor before starting any prescribed or natural medicine. Even natural remedies can have side effects. Speak to Affinity Health today!

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