Bacteria…when I hear that word, I automatically think germs, sickness, and gross things. Sometimes I forget that bacteria can actually be a good thing!
It’s cold and flu season, and many of you have probably taken antibiotics already. (Just make sure you finish the course – don’t create super-bugs!) The times that I’ve taken those medications, I’ve felt…a little bit off for a few days afterwards. 😕
Bear with me if this gets a little gross for a second… You have millions of bacteria living in your body that are HELPING your systems do what they’re supposed to. Antibiotics can’t tell the difference between good bacteria and bad bacteria, so they end up killing some of the good stuff along with the bad. That can cause lots of problems. I’ve found that my digestion is messed up for a few days afterward. And lots of women have issues with yeast infections. No fun!
So how can you keep yourself feeling good AFTER taking medication?
Probiotic pills are an option, but you know I’m all about being as natural as possible. Yogurt is a good option too. It doesn’t need to be advertised as supporting digestion. Any yogurt with active cultures is great. Just make sure it doesn’t have too much sugar. (Sidebar: I loved Stonyfield vanilla until I found out that it has 30 grams of sugar! Whoa!)
There’s another method that I use to balance out my system. It takes some getting used to, but it’s really made a difference for me!
Apple cider vinegar!
ACV has been a folk remedy for centuries. It’s very acidic, and when you increase the pH in your body, bad bacteria have trouble surviving. It can help rebalance your digestive system. I have a few friends who swear it’s helped clear up yeast infections faster. It’s also been shown to help lower blood sugar!
BUT, you have to get the organic kind with the “mother” in the bottle. It’s that hazy stuff at the very bottom. Bragg’s (the people that make the liquid aminos) has a version that’s usually available in regular grocery stores.
Here’s the recipe that I make up every morning. I swear that after I drink it, I get an energy boost. My stomach is always much happier when I remember to drink this too:
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 8 oz warm water
- pinch of Himalayan salt
Mix it all together, and drink it down!
If you don’t like vinegar, this might be hard for you to get down. You can also add a small amount of natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or stevia. That cuts the acidity and makes it easier. Try adding other natural things like lemon, cinnamon, or ginger too!
Drink up and stay healthy everyone!