The Best Probiotic to Take After Surgery to Boost Recovery
Every year nearly 15 million Americans undergo a surgical procedure. Surgery is a dramatic transformation for anyone's body, so taking steps to prepare and recover properly will ensure you reap only the benefits of a surgical procedure and hopefully none of the common complications.
Probiotics are essential to rebuilding the microbiome, which can especially be impacted by antibiotics commonly administered with surgery aftercare. They also help boost immunity and reduce the risk of infection.
Probiotics and Surgery
Before understanding the link between probiotics and surgery, it is essential to understand what probiotics are.
Probiotics are live microorganisms introduced to the body that can help restore the gut flora, and in turn benefit your entire body. The overall bacteria in the body is known as the human microbiome, which consists of both good bacteria and bad bacteria. You want to maximize and balance the good bacteria, and minimize the bad, in order to feel your best and reduce the risk for chronic disease.
Surgery and medications often invite more bad bacteria while disrupting the good. This can cause long-term immune damage and health imbalances. It is easier for the gut microbiome to bounce back from some antibiotics than others. Dr. Martin Blaser showed in his research that the gut microbiome never fully recovers from a dose of macrolide antibiotics. It is permanently changed.
Probiotics Before Surgery
Your lifestyle of diet, exercise, stress, and supplements your body experiences before surgery can all impact your recovery. The goal of taking probiotics before surgery is to support the good bacteria in your gut.
- Reduces risk of infection
- Minimizes damage of medications and antibiotics
- Build beneficial bacteria in the gut
Taking probiotics before surgery can support your immune system and help your body recover much faster, since immune health is shaped by the condition of your gut microbiome. Our Ideal Immunity probiotic is specificallydesigned to increase the production of butyrate to protect the gut lining, fortify mucosal surfaces and adjust pH to give your immune system the boost it’s craving. It targets the way the gut microbiome interacts with the immune system, and increases the production of butyrate, which has been shown to protect the gut lining!
How Can I Restore My Gut After Surgery?
After a surgery, you’re particularly vulnerable and bad bacteria can sense the stress in the body. This is why your body is so susceptible to infection or sickness after surgery.
To prevent bad bacterial invasion, take a probiotic. But not all probiotics are right for post surgery. Formulas that are high in Lactic acid producing bacteria without a counter balance can actually make it harder to restore your gut. Probiotics can harmonize the bacteria in your gut if you have a formula designed specifically to restore balanced pH and balance flora. This will help replenish the good bacteria and get you back on track.
Antibiotics can wreak havoc on your gut. Being proactive with a probiotic is the best step to minimizing these side effects:
- Destruction of good bacteria in the gut
- Autoimmune complications
- Compromise immune system
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Skin irritation
- Upset brain function
Antibiotic Antidote balances the pH in the gut and has eight probiotic bacteria strains. These strains help the body by:
- Producing healthy metabolites
- Rebuilding gut ecosystem
- Fighting against free radicals generated from antibiotics
- Reducing pathogens
- Strengthening mucosal immunity
- Reducing cellular inflammation
Even months after your surgery, your body will benefit from probiotics. Make sure to continue taking a daily probiotic for your best health.
Antibiotic Antidote is designed to support the microbiome in the gut and oral cavity after antibiotics. It strengthens mucosal immunity with muramyl dipeptides and balanced pH to restore a balanced flora.
Your oral microbiome is directly connected to your systemic body functions. If it is out of balance, it can impact other areas of the body. Taking probiotics may offset the negative impacts of antibiotics on your good oral bacteria.
By taking a probiotic that produces antibacterial compounds, you can reduce the risk for cavities, inhibit the growth of pathogens and bad bacteria, alter pH, and change the quality of your saliva to improve remineralization of enamel. L. reuteri specifically has been shown to decrease gum bleeding and improve symptoms of gingivitis.
Taking a probiotic such as Antibiotic Antidote before surgery can help prep your body, while continuing probiotics after surgery eases your recovery and reverses damage caused by antibiotics.
It is specially formulated to support restoration of the gut caused by harsh antibiotics. Even outside of surgery prep and aftercare taking a daily probiotic can help with:
- Weight loss
- Skin health
- Dental microbiome
- Mood and anxiety
- General gut health
The benefits of probiotics make them worth incorporating into your daily routine! The market is saturated with probiotic brands. But they are not all created equal.
Check out this video to learn more about what sets BiotiQuest apart.
Martha Carlin, is a Citizen Scientist, systems thinker, wife of Parkinson’s warrior, John Carlin, and founder of The BioCollective, a microbiome company expanding the reach of science. Since John’s diagnosis in 2002, Martha began learning the science of agriculture, nutrition, environment, infectious disease, Parkinson’s pathology and much more. In 2014, when the first research was published showing a connection between the gut bacteria and the two phenotypes of Parkinson’s, Martha quit her former career as a business turnaround expert and founded The BioCollective to accelerate the discovery of the impact of gut health on all human health, including Parkinson’s. Martha was a speaker at the White House 2016 Microbiome Initiative launch, challenging the scientific community to “think in a broader context”. Her systems thinking background and experience has led to collaborations across the scientific spectrum from neuroscience to engineering to infectious disease. She is a respected out of the box problem solver in the microbiome field and brings a unique perspective to helping others understand the connections from the soil to the food to our guts and our brains.