intestine will recover and without probiotics
In recent years, we hear from everywhere that the intestinal microflora needs help in the form of pro- and prebiotics. The former populate the intestines with beneficial bacteria, the latter serve as feed for them and help to reproduce. But the position of official medicine is different. You won’t find recommendations for restoring the microbiome after a course of antibiotics anywhere — not from the World Health Organization (WHO), ministries of health or professional communities. And here’s why:
- Serious impairment of microflora composition is rare
for a clinically significant impairment of microflora, a person must take antibiotics long time — several months in a row. This happens when a patient is treated for severe pneumonia, tuberculosis or syphilis. If your course of treatment lasted a couple of weeks, there is no need for probiotics.
- Intestinal microflora recovers itself The
balance of bacteria in the gut is really disturbed due to taking antibiotics, but it recovers along with the cancellation of these drugs. We only have to wait a little. In a healthy person, intestinal microflora comes to normal a month after a standard course of antibacterial agents.
Why after probiotics go through all the unpleasant symptoms from the digestive tract?
After antibiotics, you start taking probiotics and you have flatulence, abdominal pain and stool normalizes. The stomach doesn’t hurt or buzz. How to not believe in the effect of living bacteria?
The work of the digestive system is disrupted for two reasons:
- Because of illness. Typically, the patient takes antibiotics to cure the disease. Even if the pathology is not directly related to the digestive tract, intoxication syndrome affects the intestines, leads to problems with digesting food and unpleasant symptoms.
- Because of the action of antibiotics. The gastrointestinal tract carries antibacterial drugs quite heavily.
It turns out that recovery and withdrawal of antibiotics simply coincide in time with the reception of probiotics. The patient’s condition is normalized anyway at the expense of internal resources, so that there is no need for probiotics. But the other precaution is better observed.
Need to restore the impermeability of the mucosa
What really needs to be done after the disease is to restore the impermeability of the gastrointestinal mucosa. This is one of the main protective mechanisms of the body, without it a person would absolutely be in pain. Mucosa can become permeable in food poisoning, rotavirus or other viral infection, in salmonellosis or dysentery, as well as after taking antibiotics, painkillers and antipyretics funds.
What does that mean? The distance between mucosa cells increases and it begins to pass through dangerous bacteria and toxins. As a result, “hole bowel”, irritable bowel syndrome and other GI diseases may develop. To regain mucous integrity and strength, one must take rebamipid-based medications (such as rebagitis). They will keep you from problems with the digestive system in the future.
Sergey Vyalov — Gastroenterologist, Candidate of Medical Sciences