Anyone with COPD or any other chronic condition for that matter will fully understand and appreciate that your body can go through HELL when you’re on a million medications daily.
Undoubtedly, with pills and tablets manipulating how your body works on a cellular level and messing with your hormones for example, things will naturally be knocked out of balance.
For me in particular, I’ve been on over 25 weeks of antibiotics this year alone and take one daily as a preventative measure to protect my lungs from bad bacteria. This itself is insane and scary when I say it out loud. Especially in the age, where there is heavy promotion about the unnecessary issue and overuse of antibiotics. That said, I tried the whole ‘anti’ antibiotics stance earlier this year and I ended up in hospital twice for coughing up lots of blood.
This has had its consequences for sure, as whilst the daily antibiotic for me is an ‘essential’ for my lungs , it also stripped away the good bacteria in my body as well as the bad bacteria. As a result, my immune system became weaker and it seems to be the cause of another major problem that I kept getting and where I had already been operated on in 2015.
That problem involves a horrible cyst in an intimate area that grows to as large as 6cm, every 3-6 months. To say it is a pain in my life is an understatement. It causes severe pain, is a huge disruption and seems to be another ‘unknown, undiagnosed’ problem that I have to contend with and whatever is going on in my immune system.
Since being on high levels of medication, as subjective as it sounds and without any medical experience, I strongly believe that, without careful management, a supportive diet and holistic approach, it can be dangerous to rely on medication to keep you well.
How difficult it is to fix one part of your problem with your body and immune system, only for it to trigger another!
As a chronic sufferer, I’m sure many can relate to the conundrum around how to lead as healthy a life, balancing western medications and natural remedies.
Over the short years I’ve been battling this, I’ve already learned that it is also not healthy to vilify western medicine or antibiotics for that matter. In the pursuit of gratitude, it has advanced the lives of many and provided many breakthroughs. For example, I would never expect a diabetic person to live without their insulin injection. And in the same way, I can not live without my preventative antibiotic.
That said though, I believe it has triggered some of my other issues and I was recently told by another expert doctor and urologist whom I highly respect, that PROBIOTICS are the key to achieving some level of balance.
Despite having heard the term ‘probiotics’ many times, it didn’t strike a chord with me until now (poor typical citizen response: until the problem is REALLY causing me a problem). The doctor knew that I couldn’t stop taking my medication for my lungs, so simply suggested UPPING my intake of probiotics.
How logical! Replace the lost good bacteria that has been stripped away by antibiotics, with probiotics. It was so basic and common sense but only retrospectively did I realise this. And also acknowledged to myself that I didn’t consume nearly anywhere near enough probiotics (things like Yakult, Actimel, goats milk, natural yoghurt, sauerkraut and hard-to-pronounce-foods).
And there began my journey of research into probiotics, its benefits and types of foods or drinks where you can get it from. It reminded me that 80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract!
As for benefits, it is nicely summed up by Dr Axe’s great, informative blog post here:
- Stronger immune system
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy from production of vitamin B12
- Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
- Healthier skin, since probiotics naturally treat eczema and psoriasis
- Reduced cold and flu
- Healing from leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
- Weight loss
It is said that it can help prevent things like UTI’s, cysts and should be incorporated into your diet if you have a ton of antibiotics or even if you’re on a course for a short time. Especially for women who are more prone to these types of illnesses or infections.
So there it is, my journey to even more common sense. Currently I am trialling how my overall immune system will be after 3-6 months of more probiotics and excited to write about my experiences!