We live in strange times. For the last two years, it seems as if the world has turned around and everything has become different. Making sure our bodies are balanced and in good condition has become even more important. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try to stay in shape, we may suddenly need to be on medicament therapy with strong medicines- antibiotics and corticosteroids. This is exactly what happened to me last month. When it is necessary, there is nothing to be done, we must take our medicine and recover completely.
The question is, can we then do something to quickly restore and cleanse our body from the negative effects of the medicines we have taken? Yes, this includes all the superfoods we know – spirulina, chlorella, nettle, wheatgrass, ashwagandha, not to mention omega-3, which help us get back in shape.
Corticosteroids and stress
The use of corticosteroids, according to medical prescription and supervision, is necessary in the presence of very high levels of inflammation in the body, most often caused by infection, allergic reaction or autoimmune disease. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation in the body because they are chemically similar to cortisol, one of your body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormones, produced in the adrenal glands.
However, cortisol is a stress hormone and its high levels can lead to a number of unpleasant effects on our bodies. High levels of cortisol put us in a fight-and-run mode, and here are the consequences:
- increase in blood sugar;
- slow metabolism – adipose tissue begins to accumulate around the abdomen, face, limbs and some organs;
- fluid retention and high blood pressure
- insomnia or mood swings;
- the organism becomes susceptible to viruses and bacteria;
This is certainly an unpleasant list of side effects that we want to avoid. How to achieve it? The well-known adaptogen ashwagandha and vitamin B biotin can be of great help.
Ashwagandha – As I have already written about it, ashwagandha is an ancient and powerful adaptogen that successfully helps the body cope with all kinds of physical and mental stress and recover successfully. Research shows that ashwagandha successfully lowers cortisol and lowers stress levels. With this comes all the proven benefits for the body – a calm mind, calm and deep sleep, reduced levels of anxiety and a lot of energy back available. There are studies that ashwagandha lowers blood sugar levels.
Biotin – many of us know biotin as a vitamin that takes care of beauty of hair, skin and nails. However, it is not well known that it has a proven effect in lowering blood sugar levels. Elevated blood sugar is the other major problem with corticosteroids. Since this has long-term negative effects on the body plus is the main culprit, along with cortisol for increased appetite and weight gain, it is definitely something that is good to take care of. The addition of a biotin capsule helped me overcome my increased appetite, especially for sweet foods.
The liver is our filter, which prevents toxins and dangerous substances in the circulatory system and it also receives the entire flow of substances from the intestines. In case of illness and taking heavy medications, incl. antibiotics and corticosteroids, the liver can literally become clogged with toxins. This may feel like loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, but there as well may be no visible symptoms. White coated tongue is also a symptom of toxins in the body and a detoxification process. It is a good idea to help the body get rid of unnecessary toxins faster and easier before they cause harm.
All green superfoods rich in chlorophyll are what we need. Spirulina, chlorella, nettle, wheatgrass, each of them has a proven positive effect in liver detoxification. A huge plus is their rich content of vitamins and minerals, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, which help the body regain strength after illness.
Antibiotics and the microbiome
Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria and suppress inflammation. That is why they are prescribed by doctors for severe infections. The bad part is that they kill all the bacteria in the body, both the bad and the good – the so-called microbiome.
Bacteria living in our gut is often called the second brain, it communicates with the brain constantly through the immune system, neurotransmitters and the vagus nerve. Much of the serotonin that keeps us feeling happy is synthesized in the gut. Research in recent years has concluded that gut health is also the foundation of a healthy immune system. Accordingly, the imbalance of the microbiome leads to the so-called permeable intestines, which are also a major cause of allergies and possibly autoimmune diseases. Naturally, the microbiome is also responsible for good intestinal health and excretion, or in other words, after taking an antibiotic, we can often get diarrhea or constipation.
All this suggests that the health of our intestines is a major concern and a good probiotic in antibiotic treatment is mandatory during and at least a week after. Best two, as I did.
Balancing the immune system with omega – 3
Omega-3 is the fat that is most beneficial for our immune system. It reduces inflammation and balances the immune response. The benefits of it are numerous and inclusion in the diet after illness is a very good idea that will help to recover the exhausted body faster.
It is good to take care of your body in every way, it will thank you for it. Let’s do it today and let’s enjoy the health and energy that it brings!