The introduction of antibiotics to the field of medicine has saved billions of lives, turning serious and life-threatening infections into temporary ones. However, with the countless prescriptions for antibiotic drugs that doctors have prescribed over the years, there comes a serious price – microorganisms are becoming resistant to antibiotics, so now we have what’s called Superbugs.
The problem of Superbugs
Superbugs don’t respond to regular prescription antibiotics; in fact, they are resistant to them. While the methods for killing off bacteria that cause infection in the body developed, their methods for protecting themselves from the antibiotics grew stronger. Today, we need to take serious steps to deal with the problem of antibiotic resistance so that we can once again gain control over pathogenic 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 bacteria. However, to do it correctly it’s important to know what types of antibiotics there are and what they actually do.
Choosing a natural antibiotic
Prescription antibiotics can fight bacteria, fungi, and some parasites, but not viruses. That is the reason why doctors don’t prescribe an antibiotic for a viral infection or flu. In the same way, you shouldn’t try to use natural antibiotics (unless they possess antiviral properties) to fight viruses because they won’t do anything. Further, natural antibiotics can be divided into antibacterials and antifungals.
As the name itself indicates, both types are great for fighting back bacterial and fungi and even though prescription antibiotics tend to do both, the natural antibiotics have a more limited and specific function on their own.
Make sure you talk with your medical practitioner about what kind of natural antibiotic is appropriate to help treat your specific health condition. Don’t take anything on your own hand, because sometimes you can do more damage than good to your organism. After all, natural antibiotics are only intended to fight milder infections in order to limit the use of prescription antibiotics. But, if you have some serious medical condition or infection, always consult with your doctor or another qualified health provider.
Natural antibacterials can be used to fight Escherichia Coli, Salmonella, Helicobacter pylori, ear infections, strep throat, or wound infections. Among these antibacterials are:
Raw honey: This delicious, sweet honey will sweeten your day and what’s better than a cup of tea and a teaspoon of honey. Healthy and delicious, but also with numerous health benefits. Raw honey is well known for its antibacterial properties and its consumption will contribute to your well-being. Also, you can apply some raw honey on wounds to prevent them from infecting.
Turmeric: 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. Always combine it with some black pepper to improve its bioavailability. You can add it to your favorite smoothie or make tea.
Apple cider vinegar: 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. Also, you can consume a tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar to kill Helicobacter pylori.
Oregano essential oil: Oregano oil is perfect if you want to say goodbye to infections such as cholera, skin infections, toenail fungus, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory tract infections, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and any type of bacteria or fungi that causes infection. Oregano is great for internal and external use. Internally, you can dilute 1-2 drops of high-quality oregano oil with water and drink 2-3 times daily for 7-10 days. Never use it for more than 14 days at once.
Garlic: In general, garlic is great for our overall health, 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 the body. Also, its active compound, allicin, gives garlic its incredible antimicrobial properties. Make sure you eat your garlic raw, as allicin gets destroyed by high heat.
Onion: Similar to his cousin 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 consists of a compound known as allyl isothiocyanate, which gives its antibacterial properties.
Ginger: Ginger is extremely beneficial when it comes to fighting infections and bacteria including those that cause sore throat, cough, and chest congestion. Also, in studies, ginger extracts were found to inhibit Candida albicans, Streptococcus mutans, and Enterococcus faecalis, which are commonly responsible for causing oral infections.
Natural antifungals can contribute to getting rid of problems such as yeast infections, problems with the skin and athlete’s foot. Among the natural antifungals are:
Apple cider vinegar