Sometimes we need an antibiotic, nothing else will do.

However, that is a fairly rare occurrence and should be. The long-term impact on our health for less serious conditions and infections makes ingesting antibiotics a practice we should do only on occasion.

Here are a couple of things you should know about antibiotics:

Antibiotics are hard our your gut. A gut in distress can change the way you deal with the world. Research shows that if you are on antibiotics, improving your gut health with probiotics helps restore everything from your digestion to your mood to your ability to fend of cancer.

Antibiotics don’t work for long. Your body will quickly become resistant. Your body is smart and so are germs.

Why not try some herbal alternatives? Pharmacist Suzy Cohen put together a list she believes will help you feel better naturally:

Brazilian Propolis – A product that may be ingested or applied. Cohen advocates its use as an  “all-around immunity aid,” able to address the misery of a sore throat, cold, or the flu. She even notes that it may address certain dental issues.  

Cat’s Claw – Used for general infections, cat’s claw reduces inflammation, and is a quality antimicrobial and antiviral substance. It has been shown to help with the symptoms of Lyme disease, ease HIV, and is even used to fight certain cancers and Crohn’s disease.

Colloidal Silver – One of the most familiar alternatives to antibiotics, topical colloidal silver may be helpful against staph in the nose and various other organisms.

Oregano – A capable antifungal agent, oregano packs a punch against candida and parasites. It may be applied in a diluted form to the site of a fungal infection. Oregano oil may also be taken for persistent sinusitis.

Teasel Root – May inhibit growth of Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme). This substance is able to remove bacteria from muscles, down where antibiotics have difficulty reaching it.

Vitamin D – Very few people get enough vitamin D. It is an excellent immune booster, able to help you significantly during any period of infection, even tuberculosis. To assist absorption, look for types that are combined with extra virgin olive oil and purified water.

Again, antibiotics are helpful. But they aren’t always necessary. Try a few alternatives and save the prescription for when you really need them.

Read the full article here: Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics