4 Facts about Antibiotics
Fact #1: It's estimated that 70% of your Immune System is located in your digestive tract.
There are over 100 trillion "good" bacteria in our bodies that play a vital role in our overall health and well-being, particularly to immune function and digestion.
Fact #2: Antibiotics can NOT differentiate the "good" bacteria from the "bad" bacteria.
Antibiotics wipe out intestinal bacteria indiscriminately, including those that help keep the intestinal tract healthy. If you neglect replenishing the "good" bacteria during, and after a course of antibiotics, you are risking reinfection, as your immune system will be compromised.
Fact #3: Up to one-third of Antibiotic users experience antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
In some cases, eradication of too many "good" bacteria can enable a disease-causing strain of bacteria, called Clostridium difficile ("C.diff") to gain a foothold in the intestines and cause a severe - even life-threatening - diarrheal infection. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that those who took antibiotics plus probiotics were 42% less likely to develop diarrhea as those taking a placebo.
Fact #4: More Antibiotics are used on farm animals, then on humans.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 50% of antibiotics consumed globally are given to animals to treat or prevent infections and to boost growth. This means that with the consumption of livestock, poultry and pork products, it is nearly impossible for the general public to avoid consumption of antibiotics, even when not prescribed to you. Incorporating a daily probiotics can help to keep the digestive system in balance and functioning optimally, restore normal flora, and may support immune system functions.