There are plenty of effective ways to protect your gut while you finish your course of antibiotics.

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Take probiotics:

Probiotic supplements contain beneficial bacteria that can help reinoculate the gut after antibiotics have killed off some of the good bugs. I recommend adding in probiotics while on antibiotics and afterward for two to three weeks for good results.

Eat fiber:

The best thing we can all do to create a healthy microbiome, to begin with, is eat enough fiber. This means hitting your daily fiber goals of 25 grams a day for women and 38 for men.  fill your plate with fruit, veggies, and whole grains, as well as added fibers like psyllium and oat bran if you’re taking or have recently taken antibiotics.

Add fermented foods:

When you go pick up your prescription, also stock up on fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, beet kvass, or kefir. Add in a small serving of fermented food a day can help heal the gut.

Eat the rainbow:

Adding polyphenol-rich foods to your diet can feed certain bacteria and reduce gut inflammation. You can take these in supplement form, but eating from the rainbow is even better like adding that pomegranate, green tea, and turmeric are all sources of polyphenols.

Avoid additional irritants: 

Finally, during and after taking antibiotics, do your best to avoid common gut irritants like excess sugar, alcohol, and processed foods. Irritants such as alcohol, which kills health bacteria and damages the mucosal lining, delay healing,

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