Are Antibiotics Making You Fat?
We need to talk.
Did you know that livestock are fed antibiotics such as Tetracycline in order to cause weight gain?
Yes, you read that right. Antibiotics fatten them up. Big time.
For example, chickens DOUBLE in size due to consuming antibiotics. This is common practice in the meat production industry.
Tetracycline is a popular antibiotic used to treat myriad infections in humans including pneumonia, acne, UTIs, and more. But Tetracycline isn’t the only weight gain culprit! Zithromax, penicillin, the list goes on. They’re all guilty.
Annually, Americans take antibiotics by the millions via prescription and inadvertently through consumption of animal products. What is this doing to our health, especially when it comes to fighting the battle of the bulge?
Listen, there are times when antibiotics are necessary. I’m not one of those self-appointed alternative health gurus who’ll tell you that antibiotics are evil and Western medicine is the devil. I live in the real world and I like it here. We have Wi-Fi. And MLB Network. But I digress…
I have concerns about how readily prescribed antibiotics are. I know I’ve certainly taken my fair share of them. The biggest side effects I’ve noticed from antibiotics are:
- Dark moods, anxiety, crying
- Bloating and weight gain
Recent research published in Science Daily explains how healthy gut flora regulate weight gain. When you take antibiotics year after year, you are disrupting your gut flora, wiping them out in large quantities. The result? Malabsorption of nutrition, endless appetite, bloating, decreased natural immunity, and of course: WEIGHT GAIN! Ugh. Who wants to work so hard following a clean, plant-based, gluten-free diet only to watch the results unravel due to antibiotic use?
If you take any antibiotics, it is so important to replenish your healthy gut flora with a high-quality probiotic. And ideally, we should all have careful discussions with our doctors to ensure we are not taking antibiotics when other solutions are available.
Watch this helpful video by Dr. Oz discussing the topic. I am pleased to see these issues coming to light, receiving widespread attention in the media.
Have you ever experienced adverse effects from antibiotic use? Please share your stories in the comments below!
Yours in delicious heath,