People want to know how to speed return to health after sickness. There has been a lot of sinus, throat and lung sickness the past few months. And since Christmas, stomach bug complaints have been going around. Many of these people took antibiotics to help them over the worst of it. But often discomforts drag on. Here are some simple ways to speed your return to health after a sickness:

  1. Take a probiotic after antibiotic use. Anyone who has been on antibiotics should take a high quality probiotic afterwards. While antibiotics kill the bad bacteria that can cause an illness, they also kill the beneficial “good” bacteria that belong in your bowels. Benefits of the good bacteria include:
    • improving immune function
    • helping us digest our food
    • providing nutrients to keep our intestine and bowel linings healthy,
    • providing substances that keep our urinary tract (and vaginal tract if you have one) healthy.
    • making vitamin K for us
    • keeping down any bad bacteria or yeasts that might try to grow in our bowels
    • improving mental ability to withstand stress

 I read this article about the benefits of probiotics:  “Complimenting Antibiotics with Probiotics: Your Essential Guide” by Ashton J. Harper, MBBS, BSc, MRCS in the November 2016 The American Chiropractor magazine. It discussed the value of taking probiotics when needing antibiotics. The probiotics can reduce the risk of antibiotic associated diarrhea by 42%. Probiotics can also reduce cases of C-diff by 65%. Multi-strain probiotic supplements seemed to work better for this application than single strain supplements. Also high quality supplements were important for the best results. The probiotics also helped prevent antibiotic resistance by reducing the side effects of the antibiotics so the people would take the full recommended dose. Evidence of this benefit was found in treatment of Helicobactor Pylori, amoebic dysentery, bacterial vaginosis, and urinary tract infections.

  1. Eat or take pre-biotics with your probiotic. If you are taking a probiotic, taking a pre-biotic is also a good idea. A pre-biotic is basically food that the probiotic bacteria like to eat. Pre-biotic food gives the probiotics a good start to help you. Types of pre-biotic foods;
    •  sauerkraut
    • kimchi
    • miso
    • tempeh
    • Jerusalem Artichoke
    • garlic
    • onions
    • leeks
    • dandelion greens
    • wheat bran
    • bananas
    • kiwi fruit
    •  Or you might take fiber supplements like inulin which comes from Chicory root
  1. Get adjusted.
    • Chiropractic adjustments help your body return to normal after an illness.
    • Adjustments when you are fighting something off may prevent or at least lessen the severity of the illness. An optimally working spine, boosts both your nervous and immune system function.
    • Coughing or vomiting can cause spinal joints to get stuck or even rib joints to misalign. After you are over the illness, the stuck or misaligned joints remain. You need an adjustment to un-stick or realign these joints.
    • Adjustments help your body relax and your nervous system calm down so you feel better sooner.
    • Chiropractic care also lessens the likelihood of an illness returning by helping your nervous and immune systems return to functioning as best as possible.
    • Many patients start to feel much better right after an adjustment.
  1. Enjoy some muscle work. Trigger point release or muscle work can also ease tightness and pain. Sometimes people just know that they don’t feel good, not realizing how tight and achy they actually are. After our muscle work they will feel considerably better. The muscle work we do also contributes to you getting better as well as feeling better. It helps you recover from the stress and the aches from prolonged bed rest from being ill.

So,  if you have been ill and are trying to speed your return to health, give us a call today at 978-535-6155 to schedule a visit to get your health back on track.