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How to Repair Your Gut After Antibiotics

With cold and flu season upon us antibiotic prescriptions will inevitably be increasing (1). As a general rule, I recommend avoiding antibiotics if you can. Although antibiotics have saved countless lives, it’s important to know their use doesn’t come without risk. They can cause long-term detrimental effects on your health. The problem with antibiotics is they not only kill the intended infection, but they also alter your microbiome by killing the good bacteria. One study found that taking a course of antibiotics for one week could affect the microbiome for a full year (2). This is a bigger issue than you might think, an altered microbiome is associated with causing or contributing to many