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Next time you need antibiotics try anti-fungals instead

anti-fungals instead of antibiotics

Try Anti-fungals Instead of Antibiotics

Unfortunately, antibiotics prescribed today have serious side effects that can take a long time for you to recover from. They wreak havoc on your gut when the good bacteria is wiped out along with the bad bacteria. The good news is that there are many natural anti-fungals that can help you fight bad bacteria and pathogens.

A few of the anti-fungals that we love are Oregano Oil, Berberis and Citracidal. It is well known that before the discovery of antibiotics, herbs were used to disinfect wounds and treat bacteria infections. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, practiced for 1000’s of years, relies heavily on the chemical compounds found in plants.

We love using anti-fungals along with probiotics to treat digestion symptoms which are caused by bad bacteria, overgrowth of yeast or even parasites. Here’s how these anti-fungals can help you without compromising your health down the road.

Oregano oil

Oregano oil protects you against both bacterial infections as well as viral infections. The antibacterial effects of oregano don’t eliminate all the good gut bacteria the way antibiotics do. Here’s how you can use this “natural antibiotic.”

  • Prevents Viral Infections
  • Eliminates intestinal worms when taken internally
  • Keeps away lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas when applied externally
  • Eliminates candida yeast
  • Eliminates UTI’s
  • Treats toe nail fungus
  • Treats sinus infections and allergies

*Oregano essential oil can cause irritation of the skin and mucus membrane if taken in high concentration or dosages. Always dilute oregano oil if taken internally with juice or water. When applied to the skin mix with coconut oil or another carrier oil.

Citricidal Grapefruit Seed Extract

This extract is derived from the bitter seeds and cell membranes of a grapefruit. It’s been discovered that the extract is a powerful anti-fungal and has anti microbial properties as well against pathogens like E Coli and Salmonella. Read more of what this powerful little seed can do:

  • Fights pathogenic organisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • Fights Candida
  • Kills Antibiotic-Resistant UTIs

Berberine

  • Prevents candida species from producing an enzyme called lipase which they use to help colonize in the gut
  • Treats bacterial diarrhea
  • Counteract effects of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and worms
  • Eradicates Chlamydia
  • Helps keep stools regular
  • Reduces bad LDL cholesterol
  • Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Treats eye infections

    Consider using anti-fungals if you are experiencing digestion symptoms that are not going away with probiotics. Even better, take a stool test and find out what’s going on in your gut. You might need anti-fungal therapy that will work together with your probiotics to restore the normal balance to your gut.

SIBO Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

What is SIBO? What can I do about SIBO?

SIBO causes digestive discomfortSIBO is actually an acronym for a digestive condition called  “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” which points to excessive bad or pathogenic bacteria in the small intestine.

Even though bacteria occurs naturally everywhere in a healthy digestive system, the small intestine is known to have relatively low levels of bacteria. The highest numbers of bacteria are usually found in the large intestine

The small intestine where the food mixes with digestive juices, and the nutrients from our food is absorbed into the bloodstream. This area of our digestive tract is the longest section. If a person suffers with SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Ovegrowth, nutrients are not absorbed properly causing malabsorption. This relates especially to iron as well as fat-soluble vitamins. Other symptoms, often present as well, are gas, bloating and even pain. This is often the case in people suffering with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Small Intestinel Bacterial Overgrowth is very often treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, although antibiotics reduce the bad bacteria overgrowth, it also kills off the good bacteria at the same time, which, in turn, depletes the necessary good bacteria.

In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, showed that people with SIBO who were given antibiotics had a high recurrence rate and also that their gut-related symptoms increased during the recurrences.

Fortunately, a research study on herbal remedies have been found effective in treating SIBO as well. These include Oregano oil and Berberis that are mentioned in the study.

Taking a prebiotic that is known not to feed bad bacteria as well as a human strain probiotic has been shown to be extremely beneficial. Dr Jonathan Axe sites a pilot study from researchers at the Center for Medical Education and Clinical Research in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who found that probiotics have a higher efficacy rate than metronidazole for individuals with SIBO.

Dietary modification is extremely important. Follow the specific carbohydrate diet, or consider the FODMAPS or GAPS diet. Eat every 2 hours so you digest your food quickly and don’t have a lot of food sitting in your stomach at any one time resulting in damage to gastric juices. Low stomach acid is one of the main factors that result in SIBO because stomach acid kills bacteria in your upper Gastrointestinal tract.

SIBO Recommendations:

1. Genova Lab’s Breath Test (GSD5000) done at home, successfully identifies whether there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the small intestine or not. Once identified, take the necessary steps to resolve it.

2. Several supplements help reduce symptoms of SIBO.

  • Unlike Inulin and FOS, Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum PHGG is the one prebiotic that does not feed bad bacteria and may be used successfully to increase probiotic diversity. PerfectPass Prebiotic (PSN1000) is odorless and tasteless and easy to take in water.
  • PerfectPass Probotic (PSN2000) is a human strain, bacillus formula, that does survive through the stomach acid 100% of the time. It is suitable for those suffering with SIB0
  • Effective antimicrobials include Oregano oil (NHS1000), Grapeseed extract (CVR0621), Olive leaf extract (OLE1000) and Berberis (VTN2541).
  • Consider taking Proteolytic Enzymes on a regular basis in between your meals. They help repair the gut lining  (DWL1400).3 Dietary Changes

    3 D ietary changes

  • The SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet is an excellent way to eliminate those foods that tend to feed the bad bacteria. Breaking the Vicious Cycle (GOT1000) by Elaine Gottschall will give you information as well as recipes.

  • Other diets to consider are
    FODMAPS and
    GAPS

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