Natural Antibiotics And How To Use Them
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Natural Antibiotics And How To Use Them
According to the CDC, in 2014 alone, there were over 266 million courses of antibiotics prescribed and dispensed in the United States. This comes out to be about 5 prescriptions of antibiotics written for every 6 people. In 2009, Americans spent over $10.7 billion on prescription antibiotics.
That’s a lot of money and a lot of people on prescription antibiotics.
Antibiotics work in your body by fighting against bacteria that can multiply and cause a multitude of symptoms. Sometimes your body needs these antibiotics because your immune system is weak and can no longer fight against the bacteria in your system on its own.
However, there is a major concern that antibiotics are being overused. The overuse of antibiotics is contributing to numerous bacterial infections that are becoming resistant to antibiotics. When your body is fighting a bacterial disease or illness, your body “remembers” the type of antibiotics because of the constant use of them and therefore, your body no longer utilizes these antibiotics.
On top of your body becoming resistant to antibiotics, those that do work can often leave some pretty serious symptoms such as rashes, stomach discomfort and even aches and pains.
Dealing with the side effects of antibiotics is no fun. Fortunately, there are some natural alternatives that you can try to help fight those nasty bacterial infections.
Check out some of the top natural antibiotic foods out there:
#1. Raw Honey
Raw honey is packed full of amino acids, minerals, B-vitamins, antioxidants and antimicrobial components. Each of these components work together and create amazing immune system-boosting and antibiotic properties.
Raw honey works great to soothe a sore throat by coating your throat and reducing any irritation. The antibiotic properties work to relieve the symptoms of a cold. In fact, raw honey is strong enough to kill off the bacteria that causes MRSA.
To Use: Raw honey can be added to a lot of your favorite things such as hot tea. Instead of using sugar to sweeten your tea, add a spoonful or two of raw honey. You can also eat raw honey directly from the jar to get the full benefits.
Ginger is great to be used if you are suffering with nausea or morning sickness. It also contains natural antibiotic properties that can help prevent illnesses that are caused by bacteria. Ginger is strong enough to be used to fight against the common cold and even more harmful bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella.
To Use: Ginger can be found in a variety of forms such as the actual root or ground ginger. You can make a hot tea using either forms. Also try to add the raw honey to the tea to sweeten it.
Garlic contains a compound called allicin. This is formed when the bulb of the garlic is crushed. Allicin is also what creates the scent of garlic. When you eat crushed garlic, the allicin works in your body by enhancing the ability of your white blood cells to fight against infections. In fact, garlic is so strong that it is 100 times more effective than two of the more popular prescription antibiotics.
To Use: Garlic is best when it is used raw and adding it to your diet for it to be used as an antibiotic is not hard. You can add it to soups, drinks and even tomato juice.
Echinacea helps to boost your immune system and is also great to be used at the beginning of a cold or the flu. It helps to activate the renewal and growth of the cells in your body that help to fight off infections.
To Use: It is suggested to take between 500 and 1,000 milligrams of echinacea three times a day for 5 to 7 days or until you start to feel better. However, you should not take it longer than 10 days.
Do you use any of these natural alternatives to antibiotics? What was your experience like? How do you like to implement them into your diet? Please share your thoughts and tips with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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