The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is placing increased emphasis on educating consumers about potential dangers of antibiotics.
Although the medications are effective for bacterial illnesses, public perception is that antibiotics help treat viral conditions such as colds, the flu and sore throats, according to a story from USA Today.
Unfortunately, the CDC estimates antibiotics send more than 142,500 people to emergency rooms each year, and up to 25 percent of those who use the drugs suffer from diarrhea or a rash.
One of the best ways to support immune, digestive and overall health is through the use of a good probiotic supplement that contains 3 billion to 10 billion colony-forming units.
Some beneficial strains of “friendly bacteria” include Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus salivarius.
Probiotic supplements are recommended following the use of antibiotics, as they help repopulate the colon with beneficial flora and impede the growth of harmful bacteria. They also contribute to proper digestion and nutrient absorption.