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The pre- and probiotic discipline

Yes, say some experts citing the rise of the super bug; experts in UAE disagree and argue for better prescription protocols and patient responsibility.
The case of the six-year-old girl who developed antibiotic resistance is not an isolated one in the world of antibiotics. As these super drugs are routinely prescribed, controversies on their abuse and overuse are beginning to throw a big question-mark on whether antibiotics have outgrown their effectiveness.

While research institutes and medical practitioners continue to debate antibiotic use, at an individual level, we must work on strengthening our immune system that will help minimise the need for antibiotics.
Dr Juliot Vinolia, clinical dietitian and nutritionist, says it is important to consume probiotics. “Our gut has healthy bacteria residing in it. Prebiotics are naturally occurring biotins found in high-fibre foods such as bananas, beans, onions, garlic, apples, turmeric and chicory roots, which help the prexisting healthy flora to thrive and grow. “When we ingest antibiotics, these not only destroy the harmful gut bacteria but also the healthy bacteria. So if you eat pre- and probiotics, they keep your gut healthy and strong.
“Probiotics are live bacteria found in fermented foods such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, cheese and other dairy products. “These help the gut to rebuild its destroyed healthy bacterial count after an antibiotic course. It is advisable for people to have both pre- and probiotic foods to help strengthen the immune system.”
Want to avoid antibiotics? Build your immunity
  • Sleep early. Make sure to get eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Bacteria are known to thrive and proliferate in a dehydrated gut.
  • Have healthy, balanced and wholesome food, especially fruits, vegetables, dairy and nuts in your diet.
  • Your diabetes and cholesterol issues are uncontrolled even with medications?
  • Avoid direct sugar.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Practise good personal hygiene such as wearing clean clothes, having regular baths, hand washing and use of hand sanitisers.
  • Those above the age of 60 years are advised to get the pneumococcal vaccine as pneumonia is a common bacterial infection that can be fatal if allowed to advance.
Source: Dr Juliot Vinolia, clinical dietitian and nutritionist.

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