Seasonal infections are not chosen – sometimes even the toughest, the most enduring players succumb to them. Whenever we run into a runny nose and sore throat, we usually reach for over-the-counter cold relief medications and try to treat at home. Milk with honey, sandwiches with garlic, soaking your feet in hot water … This traditional repertoire, however, sometimes turns out to be insufficient.
Some people refuse to take antibiotics – they are afraid of a significant reduction in form after this type of treatment. However, there are situations in which antibiotic therapy turns out to be irreplaceable: it is not worth refusing it at all costs. However, additional body support is needed during and after this type of treatment. What is worth remembering and what role can an adult probiotic play during this period?
A shielding preparation, i.e. a good probiotic for adults
There is a lot of talk about the need to provide so-called covers for the stomach and intestines during antibiotic treatment. The natural intestinal microflora, which is one of the factors responsible for the proper functioning of the digestive system, is weakened. As a result of its sterilization, various intestinal complaints may appear, including diarrhea. After the antibiotic – and preferably in parallel with it – you should take a good preparation containing a probiotic (for adults usually in the form of capsules).
When to take a probiotic – before or after an antibiotic? It is good practice to take the capsule with the probiotic preparation every evening before bedtime. If for some reason you missed probiotics during treatment, it is worth implementing such supplementation even after its completion. Consider it especially when you get indigestion or diarrhea – after an antibiotic taken without a cover, it is a fairly common condition.
More slack, i.e. rest
Excessive fatigue is one of the most common and at the same time the most troublesome side effects of taking an antibiotic. It is worth (if possible) to limit exhausting activities for a few days and give yourself some time to regenerate. Take care of enough sleep, and during the day – if you do not feel up to taking other actions – do not deny yourself the right to relax. Read a book that has waited a long time for a good moment, watch a movie that there was no time for before.
However, a reasonable dose of exercise will also help you get back into shape. When persistent symptoms of the disease (such as runny nose and cough) pass, short, calm walks will help you oxygenate your body and give you energy. Remember not to force the pace, do not overdo it at a distance and always have a bottle of medium mineralized still water to maintain an adequate level of hydration.