Antibiotic is an antibacterial agent (Natural or synthetic) that can kill or slow down the growth of bacteria.
Usually, our immune system is meant to fight with bacteria and ward off the infection. But in certain cases, our immune system alone would not have enough power to fight them all. In this situation, antibiotics are useful and saved millions of lives in today’s world.
Danger of Taking Synthetic Antibiotics
No doubt, synthetic antibiotics are a wonderful privilege and we are so fortunate to have access to it. But it comes with many adverse effects including antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, diarrhoea, Gut microflora imbalance (destruction of good bacteria too), and intestinal inflammation.
Bacteria are also highly adaptable in nature and over a period of time, they evolve to become stronger, resistant, and immune to the synthetic antibiotic drugs we take to kill them. This process is called antibiotic resistance. And unfortunately, Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are extremely difficult to kill, potentially very costly to treat and have many other side-effects including disability and even death in severe cases.
destruction of good bacteria, intestinal inflammation, increased risk for diabetes, and gastrointestinal, kidney and blood abnormalities. The changes in gut microbiome lead to increased susceptibility to infections, compromised immune, and deregulated metabolism.
Along with disease-causing bacteria, a synthetic antibiotic also kills the healthy beneficial bacteria, lead to gut microflora imbalance which leads to increased susceptibility to infections, compromised immune, and deregulated metabolism.
Natural Antibiotics Courtesy of Mother Nature
For this reason, it is often advised that allow your body to fight the bacteria without medication by giving enough time and improving your natural infection-fighting ability by eating more fruits, and green vegetables on a regular basis.
Here are the top five natural antibiotic foods provided by mother nature to boost your immunity and ward off infections naturally.
Ginger has widely used as a natural antibiotic, mainly to fight foodborne pathogens like salmonella, listeria, and campylobacter. It is also known to soothe digestive ailments and promote balance in the gut by promoting the growth of beneficial microflora belonging to the Bifidobacterium genus.
’Gingerol’, the bioactive compound in ginger, is found to possess antimicrobial, antifungal as well as many medicinal properties. It lowers the risk of developing cancer, and relieve digestive system issues.
Turmeric is a very popular Indian spice known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties which makes it a great natural herbal alternative to fighting off infections. It is also very effective in treating urinary tract infections by reducing the activity of the microbes causing the infection. It also helps in treating the fungus growth. ‘Curcumin’ is the bioactive compound found in turmeric responsible for these health benefits.
Garlic is one of the most powerful antibiotics found in Nature. Bioactive compound ‘allicin’ found in garlic, has antimicrobial activity including antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties to fight against infections and keep sicknesses at bay. Apart from that, garlic is also very high in natural antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals and support a strong immune system. So, include more garlic, either raw or cooked in your daily diet.
Echinacea is a kind of daisy flower, is a natural remedy used for treating open wounds, blood poisoning, bacterial infections as well as boost the immune system. Research has proven that Echinacea can help treat respiratory infections as well. Additionally, it can help cut the duration of illnesses if, it is taken as soon as symptoms of a common cold develop.
Onions are closely related to garlic and hold similar medicinal properties. It contains powerful flavonoids that have antibiotic effects, and, like garlic, they contain therapeutic sulfur compounds called cysteine sulphoxides.
The bioactive compound ‘Quercetin’ found in onions seems to be a particularly powerful way to fight bacteria. It can inhibit the growth of potentially harmful bacteria like Escherichia. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Especially it can inhibit the growth of Vibrio cholera bacteria that is a major public health concern in the developing world. Onions are an excellent source of antioxidants as well. They contain a variety of flavonoid antioxidants that fight against free-radicals and inhibit cellular damage.
While synthetic antibiotics have their place in the medicine world, natural and Ayurvedic remedies are always better, safer, side-effect free and can be more effective. whenever possible, use natural antibiotic alternatives that can increase your body’s self-disease fighting ability and reduce the dependency on synthetic antibiotics. Adding these natural antibiotics foods into your daily diet routine can boost your immune system and stop bacteria from gaining a foothold in your body.