There are big long-term risks with the most common drugs we've come to rely upon.
So, is your medicine killing you?
What is antibiotic resistance?
What can I do to prevent it?
Long-term use of antibiotics
How to prevent candida
Candida thrives on a diet high in sugar. If your diet is high in sugars, refined carbohydrates and alcohol, and you've been on antibiotics, you have a high chance of a candida overgrowth. To prevent it, switch your diet to low-sugar whole foods. At least just for a couple of weeks!
Add a multi-strain probiotic supplement to your diet or eat fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha.
Prebiotics help to grow the good bacteria in your gut by giving them a healthy food source. You can either get these in supplement form or add some garlic, leeks, onions and white potatoes into your meals. Yum!
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including ibruprofen.
The general advice is to use the lowest effective amount for the shortest possible time, but talk to your GP before you stop taking them, or feel you need to take them for longer than the directions advise.
- Sleep aids and some antidepressants and bladder-control medications.
Some studies have found that drugs classified as anticholinergics may increase the risk of dementia by more than 50 per cent, especially among older people. Anyone who has been taking these meds for more than a few years should check with their doctor about whether it's needed and possible alternatives.
- Heartburn medications.
These may seem harmless but check with your doctor if you need to take them for more than two weeks. The active ingredients in some may be harmful if used long-term, and they may be masking other symptoms that need investigating.