When we get sick, most of us reach for the medicine cabinet without even thinking about it, turning to antibiotics as a way of curing our body at a faster rate. How much do we really know about what we’re putting in our bodies, though? While antibiotics can help to cure a whole range of ailments, they can also do our bodies lasting damage and now, experts are questioning whether or not we should even be using them in the first place.
The more antibiotics that we take, the more likely an infection is going to mutate in our bodies, producing a brand new strain by itself that medication cannot treat. The stronger each strain becomes, the more easily it can fight off anything that we put in our bodies, leaving us weaker and sicker. Over time, super illnesses can emerge, taking over our hospitals and doctor’s wards. Antibiotics might seem like the most obvious first reaction against a sickness but over time, they can have all the wrong effects on our healthcare systems.
Studies have found that in one in every three doctors over prescribed their patients with antibiotics and it could be due to this that so many infections are building up immunity. Although the very worst cases of many illnesses do indeed require medication to nip them in the bud, so many more can be cured by sufficient rest, healthy eating and natural supplements. We don’t always need to be medicated.
It all comes down to knowing what is right for you. If you’re suffering from a virus infection like a cold or the flu, an antibiotic cannot do anything to cure the illness and in fact, taking one could harm your chances of fighting off other bacteria in the future. It can be hard but if you’re suffering from a common illness, taking to your bed could be the best idea. Enough rest and proper food will help you to get your body back in shape and when you’re really sick, you will have better chance of taking to any medication your are prescribed. Sometimes, time really is the best medicine.