15 years ago this week I developed a streptococcal infection in my knee. Something I had never had before - and dare I say it felt more painful than childbirth!! 10 days of high dose antibiotics, didn't clear it and I ended up on another set for a further 21 days!
For years after I suffered with sinus infections, developed fungal nails, had regular battles with thrush and struggled with IBS. I didn't make the connection between the antibiotics and these ailments. I just thought that's how it is and got on with it!
However as the sinus problems became more powerful I sought help - I couldn't tolerate the discomfort and disruption they caused on a regular basis.
And so began my fascination with intestinal health.
Even small doses of antibiotics can affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in the intestine and the consequence of this is far reaching for long term health including sinus problems, headaches, poor sleep and lethargy, and least of all IBS and bloating on a regular basis.
Antibiotics strip away the vital defence in the body that is the microbiome (good bacteria). Whilst it solves the problem short term (and don't get me wrong I am not saying that antibiotics are bad) it creates many issues long term from IBS to insomnia and in extreme cases autoimmune conditions.
Yet there are some very simple solutions - you just need to know what to do and be prepared to follow some guidelines for a few months.
If you would like anymore guidance don't hesitate to drop me an email or book a free discovery call on the Health Unlimited page of this website.
Sue Thomas has been in the wellness industry for more than 16 years.