What we have seen in the past several years is that antibiotics have become a common ingredient in our daily life. The overuse of antibiotics has reached levels we could never imagine. We are at a point that no matter what the problem is, we take an antibiotic and we expect to feel better. As a result, we have drug-resistant bacteria that evolve faster than we can develop new antibiotics and drugs.
But that has not always been the case. Antibiotics were developed in the 1940s, and long before then, foods and herbs were used as part of the medical treatment. Many of those natural antibiotics are still available to us, but we often overlook them.
So, why should you use natural antibiotics and forget about prescription drugs? There are three main factors, the first one being that antibiotics often carry side effects. Some of the common side effects are gastrointestinal distress and allergies. The two other factors are the development of multi-drug resistant bacteria and gut imbalance due to the overuse of antibiotics.
Now might be the time to get back to basics, to herbal and other natural antibiotics. Here are some herbs and foods that you can use instead of antibiotics.
Around the 18th century, Echinacea was the most popular herb in the United States. With the development of antibiotics, however, the use of Echinacea began to decline. But there is no reason to overlook this plant anymore, as there have been several studies that have shown that Echinacea is very effective against bacteria. The best way to consume it is through tea. The only thing you need to remember is that Echinacea can slow down your body’s metabolism.