Top 5 Foods To Avoid When On Antibiotics
Those miserable days when you have to take antibiotics to fight an infection in your body!! Throat infection or stomach infection, the doctor prescribes you with antibiotics and there seems no other alternative than gulping them down for 3 to 5 days, depending on the degree of your infection. The very sight of those huge pills makes me feel uncomfortable. I know that nobody on Earth will like to gulp down antibiotics but at some point of time or another you need take them to get better. You feel miserable with the antibiotics, no doubt and you wouldn’t want to prolong your misery by consuming the wrong foods.
Food affects the effectiveness of medicines and when you talk of antibiotics, it interacts with them in 3 ways and they are as follows:
- Food blocks the absorption of medicines by the body.
- It slows down the rate at which the medicine gets absorbed.
- It interferes with the way the body breaks down the medicine.
So, what should be done to prevent food from interfering with the effectiveness of medicines? The way out is to avoid eating certain foods.
Here is the list of foods that need to be avoided in order to make the antibiotics more effective and to get better soon:
1) Acidic foods and drinks
You need to avoid eating acidic foods and beverages such as citrus fruits (lemon, orange, sweet lime), chocolates, fizzy soft drinks (no coke, pepsi, fanta, limca etc..), tomato based foods like tomato sauce. The reason of saying no to all these foods when you are ill and on medication is that they affect the body’s ability absorb the medicine.
2) Dairy except yoghurt
Dairy products contain calcium that block the absorption of medicines. However, you can have yoghurt. It is the only milk product that is allowed when you are on medication because it has probiotics that encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut. They help the body in recovering antibiotic attack and heal the body faster. Antibiotics have side effects and one such side effect is diarrhea. Consuming probiotics is a great way to prevent it.
3) Supplements of calcium and iron
Just like how calcium interferes with the absorption of antibiotics, iron too affects the absorption of medicines. If you are consuming antibiotics, you need to wait for a minimum of 3 hours before consuming any of your calcium and iron supplement pills.
4) Foods high in fibre
There is no doubt that high fibre foods are very healthy but they are not the best foods when you are on antibiotics. High fibre foods tend to slow down the rate of absorption of food from the stomach, this may be great for weight loss but isn’t great whne you are on medication as is slows down the absorption rate of medicines. So, when you are ill and taking antibiotics, you need to avoid high fibre foods like whole grains, lentils and beans.
Now, drinking alcohol is a real bad idea when you are already ill. It does not interfere with the effect of antibiotics but it causes side effects like gastrointestinal problems and can make you feel dizzy. So, stay away from the bottle until you have recovered totally.
Hope you found this post useful!
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