Let me start by saying, antibiotics are a true medical miracle! Antibiotics save lives and are absolutely necessary in many different circumstances.
Unfortunately, because they are so effective, antibiotics are now handed out like candy. As a result, our gut health is suffering, our overall immunity is compromised and antibiotic resistance is now rampant. We have lost faith in the body’s own innate healing capabilities as well as the power of natural herbs, nutrients and a healthy diet to overcome minor illnesses.
Again, I’d like to emphasise that in acute serious infections, antibiotics are the right choice! However, in everyday, minor situations, natural alternatives are just as effective, have a safer, long term track record and are gentle on the gut with far less side effects (if any!) Let’s unpack what some of these alternative natural solutions are:
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract is a powerful immune-booster, anti-bacterial agent as well as a potent antioxidant. All these factors work synergistically to combat infection and other illnesses. Oleuropein, the key nutrient, exerts phagocytic activity by triggering the immune cells to engulf harmful foreign particles and germs. Olive leaves have a unique combination of antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties – which makes it a highly effective natural antibiotic. It is also both safe and effective for long term use.
Echinacea stimulates the immune system to resist bacterial and viral invaders. One of the mechanisms is by increasing the levels of the chemical properdin that increases cellular resistance to infection. This unique herb also activates T cells and stimulates macrophages that engulf and destroy problematic invaders. Echinacea also inhibits the enzyme hyluronidase – thus blocking the ability of pathogens to enter into the cells and tissues of our body and cause damage. This amazing plant has three unique nutrients that synergize to enhance immune activity. These nutrients include polysaccharides, alkylamides and cichoric acid which together provide a strong activating force on white blood cells that destroy pathogenic organisms and tumor growth.
Vitamin C provides multi-layered immune system support. It optimises the function of natural killer (NK) cells, which are basically the “hit men” of the immune system, that track and destroy tumour cells and other invaders. Vitamin C also enhances the functioning of neutrophils, lymphocytes and antibodies. Neutrophils fight bacterial infection by locating, engulfing and destroying the pathogen as well as cleaning up their oxidizing molecules. Lymphocytes produce antibodies in the immune system and assist in guiding other immune cells toward threats. Antibodies in the immune system assist in identifying and destroying invaders such as cancerous cells. The presence of vitamin C helps to raise antibody immunoglobulin levels to protect against infections. Our body cannot manufacture vitamin C on its own; so it must be obtained externally. That is why proper nutrition and supplementation is so important to ensuring optimal amounts.
Did you know that as much as 70% of your immune system’s effectiveness can be traced back to activities of gut flora!? This is why optimising beneficial intestinal bacteria populations can give a major boost to your immunity and well-being. In fact, the intestinal immune system includes more antibody cells than the rest of the body put together. This means that when it comes to fighting disease, probiotics are our first line of defence! Unfortunately, the use of antibiotics, excessive use of antibacterial products, a diet rich in processed foods, obesity and certain modern medical treatments – even the aging process – are all factors that can lead to an imbalance in gut flora. Therefore, make sure you eat a healthy whole food diet rich in fermented foods and supplement with a high quality, high strength, multi-strain probiotic.
Wild Oregano Oil
Wild Oregano oil is a potent natural antibiotic without harmful side effects. It contains two powerful compounds, carvacrol and thymol, that have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is also considered to be antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral and immune stimulating.
Colloidal silver is basically a small amount of silver molecules suspended in pure de-ionised water. However, in spite of its simplicity, it is one of nature’s most powerful antibiotics that exerts a positive effect on the immune system when taken internally. Colloidal silver is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, enhances the healing process, can restore diseased cells back to normality and is able to combat a variety of serious life threatening illnesses.
Note: Silver has been used for thousands of years. It is absolutely safe, non toxic and has no side effects. It also has no reaction or interaction with any other alternative remedy or medication.
Garlic has incredible healing properties. It is rich in a compound called diallyl sulphide which has the ability to effectively penetrate the protective bio-layer formed by colonies of harmful bacteria. Diallyl Sulphide dissolves this layer and eventually destroys the pathogen. Garlic also contains a wide range of thiosulphinates such as allicin that are responsible for its antibacterial activity. Garlic is truly a remarkable natural remedy. While synthetic antibiotics are losing their effect against ‘superbugs’ – garlic is certainly a safe and an effective alternative to fight off infection without damaging the digestive tract.
Note: If you take blood-thinning drugs like warfarin or aspirin – be sure to talk to your doctor before consuming garlic supplements.
The protocol for conventional antibiotics is normally about 10–14 days however, there are always side effects and gut health will suffer. Alternatively, when it comes to a natural antimicrobial program, the protocol can be about 60–90 days BUT your immune system is strengthened, overall health improves, there are no deleterious side effects and natural healing has taken place!
So please be patient – the health benefits are always worth the wait. Always use natural solutions first and foremost when it comes to everyday minor infections.
Note: If you have a gut infection, tough-to-remove parasite, H.pylori infection, or viral infection, these are common blocks that keep you from healing and can cause a leaky gut. We would strongly advise you to seek professional help from your trusted health care practitioner.