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Antibiotics vs Probiotics

by Kelsey Asplin, ND in gut health February 23, 2020

What’s the big deal with probiotics and antibiotics, anyway?

I’m sure you’ve heard a LOT about probiotics over the last few years. Maybe you’ve even tried them yourself. I would also bet you’ve heard a lot of negativity about antibiotics.

Like everything, antibiotics have a time and place. They can be incredibly useful and they have historically saved many lives. They also have a less pleasant side… But this is where probiotics can be really helpful! It’s not like the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other – these two can co-habitate and actually help one another! I mean seriously… can’t we all just get along!

The need for antibiotics changes not only with the presence of particular diseases, but also with the individual at hand. While natural antimicrobials may be a great option for those who have good control over their time and don’t mind intricate dosing schedules, this may be too much for a young person who hasn’t fully mastered swallowing capsules yet.

In cases of progressive UTI and URI, antibiotics are certainly warranted to prevent complications that could be far more detrimental on the body. Probiotics can be used alongside and after treatment to repair and re-establish a good-natured house party (go back and read my “Gut Bacteria” post if you don’t catch the reference).

In my next two posts, I’ll dive into the proper uses, pros, and cons of antibiotics and probiotics so you can feel more confident when deciding which is right for you at different times in your life.

How do you feel about probiotics and antibiotics? Tell me in the comments below.