1. Avoid Antibiotics if Possible
The microbiome is a collection of microorganisms that reside in the gut. “They play a role in every metabolic process in our bodies, including brain and immune function,” says nutritional consultant Tracey Reed. When the microbiome is out of whack, meaning there is an imbalance of bacteria, it can contribute to just about every chronic health condition there is—from Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis to asthma, allergies, and even mental health. When we use antibiotics to treat infections, the medicine doesn’t just kill the bacteria causing the illness; it also kills beneficial bacteria. The microbiome can then take nine to 12 months to return to a healthy state. Of course, if antibiotics are necessary, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations and make an informed health decision for yourself.