Did you know that you have more bacteria lining your intestines than the number of cells in your entire body?

At least ten times more! Those bacteria are essential to your health.

The more “good” bacteria the healthier you will be. Too many “bad” bacteria lining your intestines can lead to symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and intestinal infection.

Unfortunately, many people think of antibiotics as only positive.

However, they can kill many of the “good” intestinal bacteria in addition to the “bad” bacteria causing your infection.

You can counter the loss of good intestinal bacteria by taking fermented foods with positive bacteria and/or by taking probiotics, which are capsules filled with special strains of positive bacteria.

A good quality probiotic has many live bacteria (e.g., 50 billion) and several different positive strains (e.g., ten or more).

However, you have to be careful that the antibiotics you are taking for your infection do not kill the probiotics.

Therefore, take the probiotics at least two hours prior or six or more hours after taking the antibiotics.

   Do not take the probiotics with very acidic food or beverage, such as coffee or orange juice.


Keep the probiotics refrigerated and never subject them to heat.


Continue the regimen of taking probiotics for at least a few weeks after you finish the antibiotics.


One of my current favorite probiotics is Swanson Ultra Potency Probiotic available at SwansonVitamins.com.



Dr. Goldstein is a podiatrist who is Board certified by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.  He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American Society of Podiatric Sports Medicine.  He has run about 33 marathons; if his brain had not bounced up and down so much he could probably remember exactly how many.  Imagine how fast he could run if he did not have to carry all those bacteria!

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