If you’re taking an antibiotic, you can either wait until the course of treatment is over before beginning probiotic supplementation, or, you can take probiotics during the course of antibiotic treatment.
WHY should you take probiotics during or after antibiotic treatment? Because nature abhors a vacuum! This means that the risk of secondary or opportunistic infection is greatly increased when your gut has been cleared of bacteria.
If you take probiotics during antibiotic treatment, the probiotics will help to further encourage the exit of undesirable bacteria from your gut and will also simultaneously inhibit the overgrowth of yeast, fungi and parasites – which can flourish in the absence of good bacteria (which have been killed off by the antibiotic).
If you know you have a Candida albicans problem, for example, then you definitely want to take probiotics during your course of antibiotics, to prevent an explosive proliferation of this yeast that will then be difficult to control.
Remember, antibiotics ONLY kill bacteria; they do not kill yeast, fungus, parasites or viruses.
So you really want to be adding in a LOT of good bacteria to keep these other pathogens at bay both during and after antibiotic treatment.
Note: I’m going to give you dosage instructions for Natren probiotics here as that is the brand I use myself and recommend for my readers.
If you’ve supplemented with potent probiotics prior to antibiotic treatment, then take your probiotics as follows:
- Two hours after you take each prescribed dose of antibiotics, take 1 tsp. of each Natren brand probiotic (Megadophilus, Bifido Factor, Digesta-Lac) mixed in 6-8 ounces of room temperature, filtered water (not tap water) on an empty stomach (15-20 minutes before foo