How Antibiotics Affect Your Microbiome

Posted by: | April 30, 2019 | Comments

How Antibiotics Affect Your Microbiome

The human gut microbiome is a complex, highly-evolved commensal community with an integral role in your response to disease and how well you maintain homeostasis. While commensal bacteria vary from person to person, a person’s specific microbiome should contain the same relative percentage of bacterial species over their lifespan.

The balance of this community can be altered for weeks, months, and even years depending on diet, environmental factors, stress, and medications. Without proper gut microbiome function, host immunity and resistance to pathogenesis may be decreased, along with the ability to absorb key nutrients from the diet2.

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