Medications To Avoid For A Healthier Stomach!

DHREA 24/04/2018

 

Your stomach isn’t just where digestion and metabolism happens. The gut is full of bacteria, yeast, and viruses (all of which help to keep you healthy). There’s a delicate balance, and we can throw it off with a poor diet, too much stress, and even medications. Why is it so important to keep your stomach balanced and healthy? According to Yale-trained physician and midwife, Dr. Aviva Romm, “Disruptions in the microbiome (google it) have been associated with diabetes, weight problems, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disease, sugar cravings, fatigue, PCOS, fertility, immune health, adrenal dysregulation, and much more.”

Protect your digestive system and stay healthy. Beware of these medications that are known to wreck the gut:

Antibiotics

Antibiotics can be particularly dangerous because they don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria. Therefore, while they are useful in wiping away bad bacteria, they also clear out good bacteria, leaving your gut vulnerable to illness.

Non-Antibiotic Drugs

Research now shows that 25 percent of non-antibiotic drugs stifle the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Prilosec and Metformin are two common non-antibiotic drugs that can harm the digestive system with long-term use.

 

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

If you’re not sure what a NSAID is, it’s a common pain medication like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. But taking Ibuprofen for just five consecutive days can lead to digestive problems, including leaky gut, gastritis and stomach ulcers.

(Sometimes, it’s necessary to take these medications. However, if it’s possible to avoid them, it might help to keep your stomach healthy. If it’s necessary to use them, be sure to take extra good care of your stomach to re-balance bacteria and prevent illness and digestive problems. Also, we’re not doctors, and we’re not trying to play one on TV.  Ultimately, consult your physician with any concerns.)

 

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