Natural Antibiotics at Your Disposal!
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Natural Antibiotics at Your Disposal!

Mehvish Hamdare profile Authored by Mehvish Hamdare on 18 Dec 2014 - 12:53.

The word 'Antibiotic' was derived from two words, 'anti' (against) and 'biotic' (life). Antibiotics are synthetically made by pharmaceutical companies to kill the harmful bacteria in the body.

However, antibiotics have been receiving a lot of bad press in recent times for its ill effects on the body. Problems associated with synthetically manufactured antibiotics are allergies or intolerance, antibiotic resistance over time, destruction of healthy bacteria and other side effects. Fortunately, nature has provided us with simple, natural solutions for fighting outside threats to human body which are known as natural antibiotics.

As Greek physician Hippocrates, once said, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food". The food we eat has the capacity to heal us and protect our health naturally. Food can stimulate immune function, increase resistance to infection and inhibit the action of pathogenic microorganisms with nature’s natural antibiotics. Natural antibiotics can provide powerful treatment solutions to various illnesses, preventing disease and keeping the body's health in balance.

Here’s a quick low down on some foods you can use to help defend your body against microbes, build up immunity and prevent a wide variety of illnesses and diseases.

Garlic

Garlic contains allicin which is a compound similar to penicillin. Penicillin happens to be the main ingredient in many antibiotics. According to a study published in "Nutrition and Food Science", increased garlic concentration reduced bacterial numbers of the microorganism’s escherichia coli and staphylococcus albus. Garlic in the diet helps reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, also helps thin the blood and acts as an expectorant and decongestant. Used externally or internally, it is very useful to disinfect and prevent infection to wounds.

Ginger

More than just being a zesty and spicy flavouring agent, ginger’s health benefits have long been recognised and exploited by Asians. Ginger is referred to as a universal medicine in Ayurvedic texts and its antibiotic effects are exceptional. Ginger has been shown to have an antibacterial effect on respiratory and periodontal infections. A study published in Asian Pac J Trop Biomed showed that ginger possess effective anti-bacterial activity against multi-drug clinical pathogens and can be used for prevention of drug resistant microbial diseases. Add a slice of ginger to your brewing tea to get the antibiotic effects.

Honey

You probably use honey without realizing just what it can do for you and your body. Medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literatures, and since the ancient times, it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity. Recent studies from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, confirmed that raw honey is one of the best of all natural antibiotics. It boosts immunity, detoxifies the blood and improves the function of the liver.

Green tea

The active ingredients in green tea, epigallocatechingallate (EGCG), is effective against certain strains of oral bacteria and the high antioxidant property in green tea  helps to cleanse the body of the toxins.  Green tea combats infections such as E-coli and Streptococcus in conjunction with other antibiotics.

Oregano

Essential oils in oregano lends this herb antibacterial powers that have been shown to fight against salmonella and E coli bacteria. Oregano oil is also useful at boosting immunity and preventing and treating common colds. The oil of Oregano can replace antibiotics when you are up against drug resistant bacteria. This oil is considered anti-microbial, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-fungal.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal effects. The fat in the coconut contains a large quantity of lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride. According to the book "Healing Foods", lauric acid helps destroy pathogens by dissolving the lipids and phospholipids in the fatty envelope surrounding them, resulting in disintegration. Research shows it’s also effective at fighting C. difficile—a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and one of the leading causes of diarrhoea in hospitals worldwide. Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy.

Turmeric

Turmeric essential oils contain antibiotic molecules, making this antibacterial food useful for treating topical cuts and wounds. A wide range of infections can be treated by turmeric as it has several antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria.

So the next time you feel sick, try adding some of these foods to your diet rather than popping in antibiotics and see how it helps.

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*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.