We often rely on chemical antibiotics to recover quickly from bacterial infections. However, over dependence on chemical antibiotics has been unleashing a global epidemic of antibiotic resistance at an alarming rate and with grave consequences.
According to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) when antibiotics don’t work, the result can be “longer illnesses, more complicated illnesses, more doctor visits, the use of stronger and more expensive drugs and even more deaths caused by bacterial infections”.
So it’s high time we look at natural remedies and medicinal foods to minimize our dependence on chemical antibiotics. You won’t have to worry about creating antibiotic resistant super bugs with the use of these top 8 antibiotics found in nature.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
With its natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar alkalizes your system. It also offers a wide range of other health benefits owing to its detoxifying and energy boosting properties. You can also use it to improve the health of your hair and facial skin and for acne scar treatment.
The hydrogen peroxide released by an enzyme found in honey prevents the growth of microbes and effectively helps your body fight infection. Honey also helps remove toxins from the blood and improves liver function.
A common ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines, turmeric offers a host of health benefits especially when you have chest infections or digestive problems. It also has great anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
The allicin found in garlic helps protect your body against yeast, parasites and bacteria, among others. It is especially helpful in common cold.
5. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract has been proven to be effective against more than 800 types of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and several parasites. High in several antioxidants, it boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids digestion.
Echinacea – a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family – stimulates the cells in your body responsible for fighting infections so that they become highly efficient. It is not only a potent natural antibiotic for cold and flu viruses, but also helps your cells attack abnormal cells.
7. Fermented Food
Fermented food such as kefir and probiotic yoghurt help renew the beneficial gut microbes, and provide strong immunity against cancer and other infections.
8. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Besides its natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants. It helps boost your immune system, balance thyroid hormones, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and also helps improve your brain function.