Five natural antibiotics

Five natural antibioticsIf you want to give your immune system a boost and avoid the need for synthetic antibiotics, try these five natural alternatives.

Doctors are trying to prescribe less and less antibiotics these days due to modern reliance and over-use of such drugs causing new strains of bacteria to develop that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics.

If your doctor has prescribed you antibiotics, it is because you need them to fight infection and get better; however, if you want to boost your immune system and ward off minor ailments such as coughs and colds – these natural antibiotic foods could help.

1) Garlic

One of the best-known medicinal plants, garlic has been used for centuries in many cultures for its ability to fight off colds and flu. It is the chemical allicin that it thought to give it its therapeutic power. A variety of studies have revealed that garlic may also reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.

2) Onions

Onions contain sulphur, which not only gives them their distinct smell and taste, but is also thought to have anti-bacterial properties. Syrups from the vegetable are thought to help get rid of nasty coughs, while traditional uses see it being used in a similar way to garlic to help fight colds. Onions are also known to help improve blood flow and are considered an anti-inflammatory.

3) Green tea

While green tea itself is not known for its antibiotic qualities, studies have shown that it helps any antibiotics you are taking to work well, hopefully meaning you will not need to take another course. On top of this, green tea is full of antioxidants and could help make resistant bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics.

4) Honey

Fantastic when used externally, honey (especially Manuka honey) is especially good at treating cuts and infections. Antimicrobial enzymes in honey release hydrogen peroxide which can help to prohibit the growth of bacteria. This makes honey ideal for treating both internal and external bacterial infections.

5) Echinacea

This plant extract is well known for its ability to battle a wide range of bugs, both viral and bacterial. By stimulating the immune system, Echinacea helps your white blood cells fight off infections better. Studies have revealed that taking a daily Echinacea supplement can help to reduce your chances of catching a cold by 58% and will reduce the amount of time you take off sick. The supplement’s effectiveness does have the ability to wear off though, so it is recommended that you take it in bursts of a few weeks at a time – perhaps during flu season or when you feel you are coming down with something.

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Written by Katherine

Kat is a Content Producer for Memiah and writer for Therapy Directory and Happiful magazine.

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