Re: How long for the effects of antibiotics to wear away???
Hi Dave, the idea I was trying to get across in my post regarding how long it takes for the effects of antibiotics to leave the system is that there are far too many variables to give you a pretty precise time period. But your body would probably have rebuilt itself within six months to a year since stopping the medication.
During my teenage years I took several courses of antibiotics for brief periods of time (2-3months) and I am only now, in my early 20's, experiencing proper functioning of my body.
Antibiotics are debilitating medications if taken for a long period. Seven months is quite an extensive period to be on them so if you are considering helping your body rebuild it's good bacteria flora I would suggest eating a healthy balanced diet of fruit, veg, seeds, nuts, organic meat and fish combined with lots of water, probiotics and exercise.
After a long course of antibiotics, your intestinal flora will contain predominantly bad bacteria. This will only be turned around quickly if you create the right environment (i.e. following the above points). If, however, you eat junk food, food high in saturated fats and sugar and drink sodas then you are creating a mucous forming environment perfect for the bad bacteria to flourish. So diet is very important.
Yes probiotics are a controversial topic but only because such a big market for them is beginning to generate. It is controversial due to the fact that there are so many varying qualities of probiotics. If you believe what the advertisers want you to believe then eating yoghurt will remove all bad bacteria and enable the good bacteria to grow. But yoghurt contains only minute traces of active probiotics so you would probably need to eat yoghurt (that contains good bacteria strains not just any old yoghurt) everyday for 20 years to gain even the slightest benefit.
The topic is about as controversial as whether or not vitamins/mineral supplements work. In my opinion, they do work if you select the correct ones that are high-quality, stored correctly (in the fridge) and you take the right doses at the right times.
You will get differing opinions on whether probiotics work or not depending on who you ask. If you ask a nutrition expert I'm sure they will say the exact same thing as me i.e. the work if you purchase the right ones. However, if you ask a dermatologist, you will probably get a washy answer saying well it's not entirely known whether they work or not. The reason being that the majority of medications that derms prescribe is antibiotic-related and solely backed by the drug companies. The dispute is between the power of the pharmaceutical/drug companies (e.g. Roche) and the vitamin/supplement companies (e.g. Solgar).
All I can say is you won't know whether or not probiotics work for you unless you try them. At least you will have nothing to lose as there are no side-effects associated with them. And after doing a lot of reading on the topic and speaking to several nutrionists, I am glad have taken probiotics.
And definitely you can get dairy-free probiotics, just like you can take vitamin C supplements without having to eat oranges. By taking a probiotic supplement all you are doing is digesting 'live good bacteria strains'.