How I Rebuilt My Gut After Antibiotics!
This winter I had to take antibiotics (gasp!). Believe me, I don’t take medications lightly, but sometimes you need modern medicine.
The pills knocked out my infection (thank you, Alexander Fleming!), but I could feel their side effects almost immediately.
See, antibiotics kill everything, not just the infectious bacteria, which is bad news for your gut microbiome. And the symptoms of an imbalance in gut bacteria are no joke.
- Gas and bloating
- Even a compromised immune system!
Even if you were lucky enough to avoid antibiotics this winter, you might have a slight imbalance in gut bacteria (aka gut dysbiosis). Our modern lifestyles aren’t exactly easy on the gut.
Things like stress, other medications (even over the counter ones), sugar, and other processed carbohydrates can wreak havoc on your gut bacteria and, consequently, your health.
This may sound crazy, but we created our 100% Grass Fed Beef Sticks to help promote balanced gut flora.
It’s one thing to provide a pure protein snack that’s free of additives and sugar. We wanted to use a natural fermentation process to preserve the meat.
See, most of the beef sticks you find near your supermarket checkout are preserved with encapsulated citric acid.
What is encapsulated citric acid?
Well, it’s not great. Let’s just say it’s usually GMO corn-derived and it can make you feel terrible.
Naturally fermented beef, on the other hand, is shelf-stable without the use of chemicals. And every Paleovalley beef stick contains over 1 billion probiotic units.
Pure protein. No sugar. No additives. And the same number of probiotics as some yogurts.
This is important because your gut microbiome is like a control station for your body.
About 70% of your immune system is in your gut. And there’s some evidence that your gut microbiome can affect the way you think and feel.
From what we know about probiotics, it’s clear that they can also:
- Help you digest sugar, starches, and fiber
- Improve nutrient absorption
- Help your body produce essential nutrients like vitamin K and B vitamins
- Break down and metabolize waste (they help you poop)
- Make you more resilient to bad bacteria and viruses
Luckily, you can rebuild your gut and find a healthy ratio of beneficial to non-beneficial gut bacteria - even if you have to take antibiotics. If you’re interested in boosting or maintaining your gut microbiome, probiotics should be at the frontlines of your operation plan.