The western countries do have a reputation of antibiotic overuse. Not only are people being prescribed antibiotics regularly but we are also ingesting "residual" amounts of antibiotics that are found in many of our foods such as meats and dairy. These residual amounts may be small, however over a period of time they have an accumulative effects on humans who consume these foods.
Be sure to ask your health provider next time he or she prescribes antibiotics if they are absolutely necessary for your overall wellness, not just the short term effect but the long term effect as well.
Keep a record as to how many times per year you have had to take antibiotics. Proper use of antibiotics should be used with discretion and care and considering the long term effects.
There are times when antibiotics are absolutely necessary and when it does become necessary be sure to add to your daily diet a good pro-biotic. Be sure that your pro-biotics have a "true delivery" system built in the supplement. Many pro-biotics do not fare well in stomach acid environment.
Thousands of friendly bacterias are destroyed from the digestive juices if they are not protected by the "true delivery" system.
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by Francesco, Master Herbalist