Antibiotics serve a certain purpose in our bodies when they malfunction. They also have adverse side-effects. Are there alternatives to antibiotics?
First things first. Why do we take antibiotics? They are given for the treatment of bacterial infections. Mostly, they are effective.
It is the harm that they cause to our immune systems that is concerning. Antibiotics can cause serious harmful side effects as well as increase resistance.
It is not just those taking prescribed antibiotics that should be concerned. It is also those who are buying the medicine from unscrupulous pharmacists out to make a shilling from unsuspecting consumers.
The access to cheap antibiotics from countries that are manufacturing generics like China and India is a double-edged sword. It means you can access these medicines affordably. It also means that they are flooded in a market full of people who buy them over the counter. That is where abuse is likely to set in.
Antimicrobial resistance is a big concern. A British study found that resistant pathogens lead to the death of about 700,000 lives worldwide, every year.
So, the big question.
Are there alternatives to Antibiotics?
It’s been used for years. And there is scientific evidence to show that garlic can be an effective treatment against some forms of bacteria, including Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
Garlic has even been considered for use against multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.
Garlic can be harmful if you are taking some medications like blood thinners. Consult your doctor before using it if you are on other meds.
Ginger is recognized by the scientific community for its ability to help fight infections. Some communities have used ginger as a natural antibiotic.
It has been used especially on respiratory and periodontal infections. It also functions as an anti-inflammatory agent. You can use it in tea or to cook with.
When exposed to salmonella or listeria, eat ginger with meals. It is an excellent spice to eat every day.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is loaded with antifungal and antioxidants properties. It has been known to strengthen the immune system. Coconut oil can improve digestion and even boost immunity.
In these difficult times combating the coronavirus, it will do no harm to include coconut oil in your pantry.
4. Apple cider vinegar
Acv’s has antibiotics and antiseptic capabilities. It is made from fermented apple juice (crushing apples and squeezing out the juice) by doing this, it turns to acetic acid which is the main active ingredient in vinegar.
Again, their ACV cures all manner of illness. Good for weight loss and also cancer prevention.
Lemons contain antioxidants called bioflavonoids. They are credited for the health benefits that lemons bring to our lives.
Lemons have both antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemons are also loaded with vitamin C properties which help in boosting immunity. While lemons are acidic when you cut them when you eat they become alkaline and help in flushing pathogens from the body.
Do not forget the lemon peels. They are full of healthy yumminess including improving your oral health.
Something else to note is that honey has a low PH level. This means it can drain moisture from bacteria and cause them to die off.
Making use of honey is simple. You can take a tablespoon or put some in your tea. You can have it a bread spread as well. For wounds, apply the honey.
Caution: Do not give honey to children who are under 1 year old.
There are many other natural foods that you can use to improve your health. Tumeric is the yellow fellow who will improve your health significantly.