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How to Help Your Body Recover From Antibiotics

by
author image Tammy Dray
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
How to Help Your Body Recover From Antibiotics
Yogurt can help your system recover after taking antibiotics. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Diarrhea, vomiting and stomach upset are common side effects of taking antibiotics. These symptoms usually disappear by themselves a few days after stopping antibiotics. However, antibiotics can leave your body "out of sync"; this is because antibiotics kill not only the bacteria behind your infection, but also any friendly bacteria in your body, such as your intestinal flora. There are natural ways to help your body recover from the effects of antibiotics.

Step 1

Eat foods containing acidophilus, a type of probiotics -- live microorganisms that help replenish the flora in your gastrointestinal tract. Foods rich in acidophilus include yogurt, kombucha tea, raw sauerkraut and kefir, a fermented yogurt drink. Eat these foods while you're taking the antibiotics or start them after you finish your prescription.

Step 2

Take probiotic supplements, available in powder or capsule form, while you're taking the antibiotics, or start them after you finish your prescription. Follow label directions, since each brand has different amounts and recommendations.

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Step 3

Take milk thistle supplements, sold at health food stores and vitamin shops. Antibiotics can stress your liver, causing it to overwork trying to process the drugs. Milk thistle, a natural supplement, helps lower liver enzymes and might aid your recovery.

Step 4

Eat a light diet of mostly fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, and avoid heavy, greasy foods rich in fats or sugars. This is especially important if you're experiencing gastrointestinal distress after taking antibiotics. A healthy, wholesome diet helps your digestive system heal quicker.

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