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post sickness recovery of good bacteria

Evan came down with strep throat. He’s never had it before, so he didn’t know what the reaction was like….. nor did the doctor we visited at our local Rincon emergency room. I don’t want to start this post acting like I know more than a medical doctor because that is surely not the case – but when presented with all the signs and symptoms of strep throat, then treating the patient with an insanely strong form of antibiotics used to treat sexually transmitted diseases, Lyme disease and pneumonia – a red flag should go up.
You are probably aware that our bodies harbor certain types of bacteria that coexist with our immune systems and keep us healthy. When you take antibiotics, many of those harmless and helpful bacteria die off as well which can actually leave your immune system out of whack for a few weeks post-sickness. So what’s the best way to recover those little bugs and protect our bodies after such [heavy] doses of meds? Probiotics!
Feed that body with some good ole probiotic foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha… And try adding things like chutneys, pickle relishes into your meals. Eat more bone broth! Just to name a few.
Here are two links I found useful: Recovering Gut Health | Would You Eat Bacteria? |
And also, do your research! Don’t blindly trust everything a doctor tells you. Ask questions. Follow up on their treatments by researching the drugs prescribed. Know your own health history – are you allergic to certain meds? Have you experienced antibiotics before? Push to try a lower grade medication before stripping your insides of everything in one shot. Get a second opinion. Listen to your body. Try a natural remedy first. And again, ask questions. These are just my suggestions.

In Evan’s case, he rarely gets sick and almost never requires antibiotics. We began treatment at home with natural ingredients like ginger herbal tea, hydrating with coconut water, adding turmeric to our smoothies. And as I type this, he just passed me a smoothie chocked full of spinach, greek yogurt, ginger, fruits and goodies to help bring his system back up to par after that IV of an unnecessarily intense antibiotic last night.

All-In-All: Eat healthy, listen to your body, know your medical history, be prepared, and seek medical attention when necessary, and ask questions.

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Chelsea is a marine scientist in Puerto Rico. Her interests include invasive species ecology, fish biology and ecology and marine protected area management. She is a co-founder of the only field course coordination company in Puerto Rico - Isla Mar Research Expeditions.


  1. You should read “Cultured Food for Life: How to Make and Serve Delicious Probiotic Foods for Better Health and Wellness”. Super interesting book about making fermented veggies, kefir and kombucha, and how to integrate probiotics into your daily diet. I have a feeling you'll love it.


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