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How to counter side effects of antibiotics

As a result of the intake of antibiotics, yeasts grow unchecked into large colonies, causing a condition called dysbiosis. These weaken your immune system

 
There are times when it becomes unavoidable to take antibiotics. While these may cure you of your diseases, they leave you with nasty side effects like bloating, belching, gas, constipation and diarrhea.
 
As the very name antibiotics suggests, it kills bacteria. Unfortunately, it also kills friendly bacteria which are so very valuable for your health.
 
Full one to two kg of friendly bacteria and yeast are present in your intestines. The friendly bacteria not only aid in digestion but also lend a helping hand in manufacturing B vitamins.
 
Not only that, these keep the omnipresent yeast at bay, thus fighting infection.
 
As a result of the intake of antibiotics, yeasts grow unchecked into large colonies, causing a condition called dysbiosis. These weaken your immune system.
 
Here are a few simple steps which can ease the situation considerably.
 
The first line of defence is cut out factors which forced you to take antibiotics in the first place.
 
Quit smoking and drinking. Dump all soda. Put aside those chocolates, sugary and starchy foods. Also out are dairy products, fatty and spicy foods, tea and coffee. Increase water intake.
 
Don't guzzle orange juice. Vitamin C is better obtained from oranges. Taking it through juices will only supply you excess sugar, which will rather worsen your condition.
 
Start taking probiotics in the shape of yoghurt on a regular basis, whenever you have a course of antibiotics. Probiotics must be continued long after the course has completed. Even otherwise, it is a good idea to make probiotics a regular part of your diet.
 
Fermented foods like pickles, pickled turnips and carrots contain natural probiotics. That earthy Kanji that your grandmother used to make will be perfect during your post-antibiotic days.
 
Eat light, easily digestible food because your digestion will be in bad shape for several months after taking those tiny pills.
 
Boil five mint leaves, an inch of ginger and about half a teaspoon of Ajwain (carom seeds or bishop's weed) in a glass of water till the water is reduced to half. Drink half a glass thrice a day.
 
Light exercise is equally important. What matters is regularity.
 
Another wonderful remedy in your kitchen is garlic. Allicin present in it gets rid of the antibiotics in the body.
 
Vitamins A, C, E, zinc and selenium are a great help. Aloe vera juice protects intestinal lining.
 
Make sure that you don't get constipated. Psyllium husk and flax seed will not only aid in bowel movement but will also relieve diarrhea by absorbing excess water.
 
Antibacterial oregano oil taken thrice a day provides considerable help.

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COMMENTS

Sudharshan Katipally

2 years ago

very informative, thanks.

Mohd.Tahir Sayed

2 years ago

Thanx for this wonderful information .
TAHIR SAYED

Mohd.Tahir Sayed

2 years ago

Thanx for this wonderful information .
TAHIR SAYED

Mohd.Tahir Sayed

2 years ago

Thanx for this wonderful information .
TAHIR SAYED

B. Yerram Raju

2 years ago

Very useful information for protecting oneself from excessive use of antibiotics.

Devang Doshi

2 years ago

Amazing topic. Keep writing on health related topics. You should also make it a seperate tab on website.

Awadhesh Vaish

2 years ago

great info

Best Smartphones under Rs10,000

Budget-conscious users can afford a dream smartphone without spending big money

 
Budget-conscious users have never had it so good. They can buy their ‘dream’ phone for under Rs10,000. There are several good handsets with features matching those of premium brands.
Although there are plenty of options for buying a smartphone under Rs10,000, we will stick with larger memory (RAM), good internal storage (bigger the better) and display (at least, HD or 720dpi). Here is a short list for you.
 

Asus Zenphone 5 (16GB memory)

 
With the recent price cuts, this device from Asus has become more affordable. Earlier, it was selling at about Rs13,000. The handset features an Intel atom processor, 5-inch display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable to 64GB), Corning gorilla glass 3 and 8MP camera. It supports dual SIM. The only issue with this device is that it comes pre-loaded with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradeable to 4.4 (KitKat). A slightly outdated device (in terms of operating system-OS), but value for money! 
Price: Rs9,999
 

Redmi Note 4G

 
This device from Xiaomi (Mi) boasts a 5.5-inch screen, 4G LTE (speed of 150 MBps HSDPA), 13MP primary and 5MP secondary (for selfie) camera, Qualcomm 1.6Ghz Quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB), 3100mAh battery and supports single SIM. It comes pre-loaded with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) as base with MIUI 5.0 interface. 
Price: Rs9,999
 

Microsoft Lumia 535

 

This handset comes with Quad core processor and supports dual SIM. It comes pre-loaded with Windows phone 8.1 OS and a document editor. It has 5-inch display, 5MP cameras as primary and secondary, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), Corning gorilla glass 3 and 1905mAh battery. Lumia devices are gaining popularity among youngsters, especially those looking for something different (read Android devices). 
Price: Rs8,425
 

Lenovo A7000

 

This is the first handset to feature Dolby Atmos sound enhancement system. Lenovo A7000 is a dual SIM device with 8MP primary and 5MP secondary camera. It has True8Core 64-bit octa core, 5.5-inch HD screen, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 2900 mAh battery and comes pre-loaded with Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It supports 4G.  
Price: Rs8,999
 

Moto E (2nd Gen) 3G

 
The second-generation handsets from Motorola are a great buy and value for money. Especially now that these devices support memory expansion through microSD. Moto E (2nd gen) features 1.2GHz Qualcomm Quad Core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 2390 mAh battery, 4.5-inch screen, 5MP primary and 0.3MP secondary camera and dual SIM. Main advantage of Moto devices is support from Google. This means that these devices can get the latest OS ahead of other handsets. 
Price: Rs6,999
 

Yu Yureka

 
This is probably one of the best smart handsets under Rs10,000. This device is from Yu Technologies, a unit of Micromax. It supports 4G LTE, comes pre-loaded with CyanogenMod 11S OS (upgradeable to 12 or Lollipop) that is based on Android. Yureka features Qualcomm Quad core processor with 64-bit support, a 5.5-inch HD screen, Corning gorilla glass 3, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 13MP primary and 5MP secondary camera, dual SIM and 2500-mAh battery. Certainly one of the best devices in the market at present and, if you are a techie, you would enjoy the customisation and security features offered by CyanogenMod OS. 
Price: Rs8,999 

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COMMENTS

Vishal Modi

2 years ago

in the 10,000 plus range, please can you comment if the mi4i is a better bet than your recommended list?

sadly it is 12999 - please suggest if it is worth the price as processor might not be good enough compared to your list.

Anand Vaidya

2 years ago

Intex Aqua Power Plus, Micromax Canvas Juice 2, Xiaomi 4i made specifically for India are also some good choices.

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