Antibiotics: The surprising truth about probiotics and what to do instead
Antibiotics are one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century. Since their inception, they’ve saved countless lives, but these miracle drugs come at a cost. In some cases, they can seriously affect your health or can even be life-threatening.
In today’s episode, Jonathan puts himself under the microscope. After an injury forced him to take antibiotics, he shows you the effect they had on his own gut bacteria.
Jonathan’s joined by Dr. Will Bulsiewicz and Prof. Tim Spector, who explore the impact of different types of antibiotics, how they affect your bacteria in the short and long term, and how we can reverse the unwanted effect of these drugs.
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00:15 Jonathan’s Intro
00:50 Quickfire round
01:40 Jonathan’s accident
04:00 Unpacking clindamycin
11:40 Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
14:45 Side effects prevention advice
22:20 Jonathan’s gut at 7 days
27:50 Fermented foods
27:00 Tips for building your gut back up
41:30 Benefits vs. risks
Mentioned in today’s episode:
Saccharomyces boulardii: What makes it tick as successful probiotic? From the Journal of Fungi
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