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Is There a Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity?

Antibiotics are being linked to numerous health problems, including the obesity epidemic. More than half of all Canadians today are overweight.

It has long been known that factory-farmed animals are fattened by being fed antibiotic-laced food. There is concern about potential long-term effects of antibiotics on gut health.

Researchers connect nearly every disease, including adolescent obesity, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease with gut health. Because we are all unique, my approach to addressing the obesity epidemic involves tailoring a nutrition & lifestyle approach that suits your individual metabolic needs.

How to Improve Gut Flora & Overall Health?

The good news is that we can improve our gut health naturally. Avoid using antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Eliminate high sugar foods is a must. Eat a diverse diet high in vegetables and legumes. High in fiber, these foods help grow healthy gut bacteria.  Including fermented foods such as yogurt or kombucha enhances gut balance and supports the immune system. Plain yogurt is better for you than flavored. Making your own yogurt is  easier than you think.

Finally, breast feeding is a great way to ensure that our newborns get a good start for overall health. Breast feeding has been shown to reduce the risk of various problems, including ear infections, allergies, childhood obesity and diabetes.

How Homeopathy Can Help Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics

Studies show that homeopathic medicine is an effective way of helping reduce frequency and severity of various types of infections. Due to lack of funding, homeopathic research is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, research that is available shows that homeopathy can safely resolve many conditions normally treated with antibiotics. Homeopathy has been shown to be effective as a viable alternative to antibiotic use for the following conditions:

Cost Effectiveness

Most real-world outcome studies in adults and children, but not all, show that homeopathy substantially lowers costs., Trichard et al compared pharmacoeconomics of homeopathy vs antibiotic treatment strategies in 499 French children with recurrent acute rhinopharyngitis. They found that homeopathy significantly reduced the number and severity of respiratory tract infections.

So, can antibiotics make us fat?

Overuse of antibiotics has led to major healthcare problems. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are just the tip of the iceberg. They are also affecting the health of our gut bacteria, thereby contributing to the obesity epidemic. Yes, antibiotics can make us fat.

At Full Circle Healing Ottawa, my holistic health care services rely on optimizing your body’s self-healing abilities. A healthy lifestyle, emphasizing home-made food and avoiding sugar, can help address this problem. Use of homeopathic medicine is also a lifestyle choice. To help build resistance to infections, homeopathy offers a smart and low-cost alternative to antibiotics. It can help diminish the overuse of antibiotics by making us healthier, with no harmful side-effects.

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You can contact me by calling 613-234-5151, or by email, julek.meissner@gmail.com. If you would like a FREE pre-consult on how I can assist you in achieving your ideal weight, click here.