Natural alternatives to antibiotics to increase immunity

Natural alternatives to antibiotics

Antibiotics can save your life, but nowadays they are overuse and, unfortunately, their effectiveness is decreasing. This is the reason we should use alternatives as most often as we can.

Antibiotics are overused nowadays.

Antibiotics are fed to animals we eat

There are many reasons why we are overuse antibiotics. In 2001 the Union of Concerned Scientists found that a total of 13.6 million kilograms of antimicrobials were sold for use in food-producing animals in the United States, which represents 80% of all antibiotics sold or distributed in the United States (source, source 2). We all eat that meat, so we might know, but we take antibiotics all the time.

Antibiotics are overused

You probably noticed that too. In many cases, doctors give prescriptions even if they don't know if you really need them.

Harvard University researchers analyzed the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The results of their research are striking: doctors prescribed antibiotics in 60 percent of visits for sore throats and 73 percent of visits for acute bronchitis, while the antibiotic prescribing rate should be about 10 percent for sore throats and nearly zero for acute bronchitis (source).

Also, many times even patients demand antibiotics for such illnesses as flu, cold, cough, sore throat and other illnesses at which antibiotics simply do not give any effect.

How to reduce antibiotics side effects

If you overdose antibiotics, you can have many different side effects, including diarrhea and fungal infections in the digestive tract or mouth. Some antibiotics (like Floxia, Cipro or Levaquin) even has warnings about potentially nerve damages and tendon rupture.

This all happens, because antibiotics also kill beneficial bugs in the digestive tract. If you want to avoid this side effects, you should take probiotic supplements, because they enhance the immune system to fight infections naturally.

Reduce unnecessary exposure to antibiotics

If you want to reduce your antibiotics exposure, here are some useful advice you might follow:

  • Try to eat wild fish and organic meat as much as you can. This is the only way you can be sure that that your food won't contain antibiotics because according to organic standards it's forbidden. 
  • Do not take antibiotics for viral infections, because they just do not kill any viruses. Antibiotics are indicated for strep throat and cause only 10% of sore throats.
  • Use natural remedies whenever you can. Bugs are not becoming resistant to herbs or vitamins, and they do on antibiotics.
Andrographis paniculata

Natural probiotics

If you don't want to take probiotic supplements, you can use many natural remedies that will also help you to increase immune system's ability to fight infections, bacterias and kill bugs without beneficial bacteria damage or any other side effects. So what are these natural probiotics? Vitamin C, aged garlic extract, oregano oil, goldenseal, turmeric and tropical tea tree. There are also few other awesome things you can eat:

  • Elderberry - used to block viruses and bacteria from invading your body. There is an Israel article published in the Complementary Medicine and Journal of Alternative which says that 90% of people who took elderberry recover from the flue in 3 days (6 days for placebo).
  • Andrographis (botanical name: Andrographis paniculata) - called also chuan xin liang, fah tolai, India echinacea, kalmegh, king of bitters, kiryat, sambiloto. It can be taken for infections like flu, sore throat or cold. You can find an article in Phytomedicine than Andrographis was more than a half more effective in reducing the duration of cold and flu symptoms than placebo.
  • Cranberry - The Gynaecologist's published article about research involving 600 women that proved it can be used for urinary tract infection preventions.


Antibiotics can be useful in certain types of illness, but in most cases, you don't need to take them. They will also be much weaker if you take them a lot. It's much better to make your immune system strong using natural remedies and take antibiotics only in this rare situations you really must.

Wojciech Kuźma

My name is Wojtek and I am very happy that you came to my healthy lifestyle blog. In human life, health is probably the most important factor needed for happiness, so I thought I will make a contribution to this and try to promote healthy eating and sport.

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  •   13th November 2017, 15:00

    A very nice blog. Unfortunately, today, antibiotics are simply abused. If we have a common cold, if we have an antibiotic at home, then we are not much thinking about it. This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Bardzo fajny blog. Niestety w dzisiejszych czasach antybiotyki są po prostu nadużywane. Jeśli mamy zwykłe przeziębienie to jeśli mamy w domu antybiotyk to niewiele się zastanawiając po prostu go zażywamy.

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  •   23th January 2018, 18:38

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  •   9th March 2018, 11:28

    Very reliable article. You really have to watch out for the meat we eat. Currently, in many stores it is possible to buy meat with a certificate of not using antibiotics by an animal. This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Bardzo rzetelny artykuł. Rzeczywiście trzeba uważać na mięso jakie jemy. Obecnie w wielu sklepach możliwe jest zakupienie mięsa z certyfikatem o niespożywaniu przez zwierzę antybiotyków.

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