The introduction of antibiotics to the field of medicine has saved countless lives, turning serious and life-threatening infections into temporary ones.
However, with the millions, if not billions of prescriptions for antibiotic drugs that doctors have filled out over the years there comes a serious price: microorganisms are adapting to our techniques. We now have what’s called “superbugs”.
The problem of superbugs
Superbugs don’t respond to regular prescriptions of medicinal antibiotics – in fact, they’re resistant to them. While our methods for killing off unwanted bacteria in our bodies developed, their methods for fighting back grew stronger. Today, we need to take serious measures to deal with the problem of antibiotic resistance so that we can once again gain the upper hand against pathological microorganisms.
The new wave of natural treatments
Numerous people are now turning to natural antibiotics to fight milder infections and so limit the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bugs. However, to do it properly it’s important to understand what types of antibiotics there are and what they actually do.
Choosing a natural antibiotic
Antibiotics can fight bacteria, fungi, and some parasites, but not viruses. That’s why doctors won’t prescribe you antibiotics for a viral infection or flu. In the same way, you shouldn’t try to use natural antibiotics to fight viruses – they simply won’t do anything.
Natural antibiotics can be further divided into antibacterials and antifungals. While medicinal antibiotics are usually designed to do both, nature’s variety usually has pretty specific functions. However, also make sure you talk with your medical practitioner about what kind of natural antibiotic is appropriate to help treat your specific health condition.
Antibacterials are used against E. Coli or Salmonella, H. pylori, ear infections, strep throat, or wound infections.
Manuka honey: This honey does not work just like most of the honey. This type of honey works thankfully to the low pH levels and the high amounts of sugar. It is excellent for treating wounds and burns even in hospitals. Also, it is used to fight against Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori that cause ulcers in the stomach. Manuka honey fights against other bacteria too such as salmonella and even bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
Turmeric: Is more than just a powerful spice, it’s also a powerful cure. It will help you cleanse your organism and provide a full detox. Use turmeric to spice up your smoothie.
Apple cider vinegar: Will help you naturally to get rid of bacteria and kill pathogens. In fact, apple cider vinegar was used for this purpose many years ago and it’s known to treat lice, ear infections, nail fungus and warts.
Oregano essential oil: Is perfect if you want to say goodbye to the infections such as cholera, skin infections, urinary tract problems and any type of bacterial or fungi caused infection. Oregano is great for internal and external use.
Garlic: Garlic is great for our overall health in general, but specifically it’s known to do wonders for our immune system. A natural immunity booster which will help you strengthen and protect your organism from the unwanted bacteria in our bodies.
Onion: Similar to his friend the garlic, onion has also some antibacterial properties and it’s especially convenient for boosting the immune system and protecting our body from getting attacked by these unwanted bacteria.
Horseradish root: Due to its antibacterial properties, horseradish root is the perfect choice for fighting bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus or Listeria. It is consisted of a compound known as allyl isothiocyanate – responsible for the antibacterial properties.
Ginger: Ginger is extremely beneficial when it comes to fighting infections and bacteria. From oral bacteria to viruses of the respiratory infections, ginger is known to kill and prevent the growth of the unwanted bacteria.
Anti-fungals are used against Candida albicans overgrowth, athlete’s foot, skin rashes or yeast infections. Among the natural antifungals are:
- Echinacea root extract
- Apple cider vinegar
- Ginger extract
- Raw, organic honey
For treating a specific condition, these ingredients are usually available in supplement or tincture form. Be sure to see your medical practitioner to get the right dose. You can also eat all of these whole foods on a daily basis to help with prevention.