Ever since the introduction of antibiotics in the mid 19th century, they have saved many lives by either killing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria. However, the problem lies in the fact that over the years the microorganisms, now called ‘super bugs’ have become resistant to antibiotics and their effects.
Today we need to take different measures to cope with the problem of antibiotic resistance. Although the methods for killing off bacteria in our bodies developed, their methods for surviving have grown much stronger. There are three major factors which brought to the development of this antibiotic resistance. They are as follows:
- Antibiotics are often prescribed for viral infections, against which they have no effect.
- Antibiotics are often prescribed to kill a large spectrum of various bacteria and not killing more specifically the bacteria responsible for the disease.
- Incorrect use of antibiotics
Specifically, this has caused certain bacteria to acquire an antibiotic resistance, which is result of mutations in some of their genes. Given that bacteria exchange their genetic material easily, antibiotic resistance adopted by one species may easily spread to other bacterial species.
The New Wave of Natural Treatments
With all being said, people are now opting for natural and safer antibiotics to fight off milder infections. However, in order to do this the right way, it is essential to be familiar with the types of antibiotics and their effects.
Choosing a Natural Antibiotic
Antibiotics are capable of fighting off bacteria, fungi, and certain parasites, but not viruses. Therefore, don’t try to use natural antibiotics to combat viruses, as they simply won`t do the trick. Natural antibiotics are divided into antibacterials and antifungals, both of which have quite specific functions.
Hence, it is recommended to consult a doctor about the kind of natural antibiotic is adequate for your condition. Never disregard professional medical advice because of the information provided here.
Antibacterials work against wound infections, ear infections, strep throat, H. pylori, E. Coli or Salmonella.
Some of the most powerful natural antibacterials include:
- Garlic extract
- Onion extract
- Ginger extract
- Raw Honey
- Oregano Essential Oil
- Horseradish root
- Habanero Peppers
Natural antifungals work against skin rashes, yeast infections, athlete`s foot, and candida albicans overgrowth.
- Ginger extract
- Echinacea root extract
- Raw honey extract
When it comes to treating a specific condition, these compounds are typically found in tincture or supplement form. Make sure you consult your medical practitioner to get the appropriate dose. For preventative purposes, eat all of these whole foods on a regular basis.