What are the side effects of antibiotics on gut health and immunity?
Researchers have been aware of the harmful side effects of antibiotics for some time, and one of the main ones is the disruption of beneficial gastrointestinal microorganisms. The new study results offer more insights into what exactly is happening, suggesting that long-term antibiotic use can have far more profound and negative health consequences that previously thought. These can range from immune system problems to glucose and food absorption issues to higher stress levels, behavioral problems and even an increased risk of obesity.
According to Martin J. Blaser, M.D., a professor of microbiology and chairman of the department of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, the “overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.”
Simply put, the overuse of antibiotics destroys the delicate balance of healthy vs. unhealthy bacteria in the gut.
According to Dennis Kasper, a professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology at Harvard Medical School, ‘an imbalance between these subsets of immune cells can make someone more susceptible to immune-mediated diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis or their flare-ups.’
Below is a link to a great piece about what to do if you need to take antibiotics and its very interesting.
I wrote this a while back when I had more time, thinking it might come in handy during the book tour. I was right! A few years ago, I wrote an article about the often devastating effects that antib…