The Skinny on the Skinny: What You Don’t Know Could Be Making You Fat
You’ve been eating well: fresh foods, nothing fried, and very few sweets. You are exercising three or more times a week for half-an-hour (at least). Yet, you are not losing weight. In fact, you are gaining! Get ready for a scary reason why this might be happening.
Antibiotics and Then More
If you are a farmer or are familiar with livestock, you absolutely know that “feed” laced with antibiotics is used all the time to fatten-up the poultry. Many of us city-folk or suburbanites are completely unaware of this practice. Sounds crazy, right? It’s been going on since 1948; biochemists have been using forms of Aureomycin and Penicillin to enlarge not only our chicks, but also sheep, pigs, and cows.
Even more perplexing, tests were done in the 1950’s on humans! Children (even babies) were fed these antibiotics to see if there was a growth increase. According to the recent New York Times Article “The Fat Drug”, noted that indeed there was. So does this mean there might be a correlation between our fat and our consumption of antibiotics? Quite possibly, and here is why.
How It Works
The very nature of antibiotics is to kill bacteria. Our bodies, particularly our digestive system houses billions and gazillions of bacteria-but it’s the good bacteria! It’s like cholesterol; there’s the good and the bad stuff. The same applies for the microbes that live in our digestive tract and actually dissolve and eat our food, helping us nourish our bodies with the nutrients, and separate out the waste.
The antibiotics can’t tell the good bacteria from the bad, so they just knock it all out. This is problematic for our body and the natural way it has been designed to function. Thank goodness for antibiotics when we have a severe health threatening ailment, but how do we repair the collateral damage it may cause?
Possible Side Effect
Weight gain is truly a possible side effect of antibiotic use; not just while you are taking the prescription, but for months or even years afterward. Your gut flora becomes imbalanced. Your gut is basically the home for the largest collection of microbiota in your entire body. They are there (from the day you were born) for a reason.
OK, so now what? You’ve had a horrible ear and bacterial sinus infection and had to take antibiotics. (By the way, Collodial silver, a “natural” antibiotic, also kills the good stuff, just so you know.) You need to replace the bacteria. That’s where probiotics enter the picture.
What’s the Alternative?
A renowned holistic expert, Dr. Eudene Harry, board certified in Emergency and Integrative medicine and founder of Oasis for Optimal Health concurs that probiotics may be the medicine of tomorrow. In fact, biologists and other holistic practitioners are exploring the idea of eventually implanting/replacing good bacteria in alternative ways besides chewable, sublingual, or liquid supplements.
Antibiotics can literally be a lifesaver. Before taking them, best advice is to make sure your illness is indeed caused by bad bacteria; viruses are not eradicated with antibiotics. Ingest yogurt, probiotics, and other forms of good bacteria to replace the ones being depleted by the medication. Say no to the potential fat. Balance is ultimately the key to long-term good health.