After taking five rounds (in a row) of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, that would not go away, I was at my wit's end! I knew that it wasn't healthy to continue to take so many antibiotics, as my mother had been hospitalized with a condition called Clostridium Difficile, caused by too many antibiotics, which killed not just the bad bacteria, but the good as well. I was desperate for another solution.
My doctor was willing to try an alternative approach. She suggested Culturelle probiotics, because when she was pregnant, many years ago, she also had an infection that would not go away. Her doctor tried probiotics, and it worked!
What are probiotics? They are healthy, beneficial bacteria that strengthen the immune system and promote good digestive health. Sometimes stress, illness, travel, diet, and certain medications (particularly antibiotics) can disturb the body's delicate balance of bacteria. Probiotics (good bacteria) are found naturally in foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, and some cheeses. They are also now frequently being added to additional foods, and are available in supplements as well.
Well, I gave it a try, and it worked for me also! By the next lab test, I was free of all infection. My doctor put it this way, "When the good guys move in, the bad guys move out." Isn't that a great analogy? I now take Culturelle daily, but especially when I take antibiotics, because research has shown Culturelle to be resistant to antibiotics. It is also important to take Culturelle after a round of antibiotics, to completely restore all the good bacteria to the intestinal tract. Culturelle guarantees that at least 10 billion live cells are available at dosage time, in each capsule. (This is the optimum amount that researchers feel is effective.) Normally the dose is one capsule daily, but if you are fighting infection, two capsules are suggested. I also eat a lot of yogurt when I take antibiotics, (unless dairy products are restricted, as they are with some antibiotics.)
Probiotics also aid digestion, shorten the duration of traveler's diarrhea, and help relieve stomach aches. Who knew that some bacteria could be so friendly? There is even a children's Culturelle. The greatest thing about Culturelle, is that it has been proven to survive strong stomach acids and bile, while many other probiotics are destroyed in the digestive tract. So you can be sure that it will remain effective. It contains Lactobacillus GG for gastrointestinal health. While it is a little pricey, I can't think of anything more important to spend money on, than my health. It is a great all natural alternative to prescription drugs, and it is certainly worth a try! (I just wish that I had discovered it sooner.)