In 2017 alone, Canadians filled over 24 million antibiotic prescriptions. That’s a lot of antibiotics! While broad-spectrum antibiotics target a wide range of bacteria, narrow-spectrum antibiotics target only a few types. When the cause of an infection is unknown broad-spectrum antibiotics tend to be used and can have several impacts on gut health, including:
Pathogenic bacteria can colonize when our protective gut bacteria are diminished during antibiotic use. Resident microbes in a healthy gut can help protect against infections and other pathologies by directly inhibiting invading microbes and by arranging appropriate immune responses.
After an antibiotic course, recovery of the gut microbiome can take some time. In general, after short-term antibiotic use (between five and ten days), studies have observed it can take at least one to two months for most bacterial groups to recover to pre-antibiotic levels. However, these studies have also shown that even after two to four years, some bacterial groups do not recover completely and antibacterial resistance genes can also persist at increased levels for at least one to two years following antibiotic use. Therefore, even a short course of antibiotics can have long-term effects on the gut microbiome.
Help Your Gut Get Back on Track
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Feed Your Microbiome
Good nutrition goes a long way to improving and supporting good gut health. Feed your gut microbiome foods that will help your good resident bacteria grow back. Look for foods that are high in fibre and plant polyphenols such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains.