Being on medication sometimes means that you’ll have to go on a strict diet. That is not because the doctor is out to get you – but it’s because certain foods will interfere with the way the antibiotics are absorbed. The wrong diet can keep you on medication for a longer time – and of course, you will want to avoid that at all costs.
There are many reasons why a certain diet can actually lower the effects of the antibiotics you may be taking. First of all, it may interfere with your body’s ability to break down the medicine. Secondly, it slows down your metabolism, making digestion much slower, and, in turn, decreasing the absorption rate of the medicine. In some instances, it may even prevent the drug’s absorption completely, making the dose useless against what it was originally prescribed for. So, next time you’ll be prescribed antibiotics, remember to steer clear from consuming these:
Milk, sour cream, cheese, ice cream, butter – these should not find their way on the dinner table if you’re on antibiotics. The calcium found in these foods can prevent the proper absorption of the antibiotics. Still, there’s one product that you are allowed to consume, and it’s actually recommended: yogurt. This dairy product is full of probiotics that will keep your bowel functions at a proper level. Antibiotics have been known to cause diarrhea, which is why you may want to keep your gut well-balanced.
We heard about alcohol hindering the antibiotics’ effects from every doctor – but did you ever stop to think why you should not drink it? No, it’s not because it prevents the absorption of the antibiotics. It’s actually because alcohol is said to bring out the side effects of the antibiotics such as gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea) and dizziness. So if you don’t want to feel worse than when you were sick, refrain from indulging in alcohol for a while.
- Foods rich in iron
Similar to calcium, iron can also prevent the proper absorption of your antibiotics. As a result, eating red meat, chicken liver, oysters, nuts or dark leafy greens is completely off the table – literally. If you are taking supplements that contain iron, you should take them about 3-4 hours after the drug. This will allow its proper absorption.
- Acidic foods and drinks
Citrus fruits and any other acidic foods can prevent your body from properly absorbing the antibiotic. Refrain from eating chocolates and any tomato-based foods. At the same time, avoid drinking wine (obviously), sodas, coffee, and sports drinks.
- Foods high in fiber
These slow down the rate of your metabolism, which is why you need to steer clear of them. While they are obviously good for your body, you need your stomach to be in an accelerated mode when you’re taking antibiotics.
Avoid these foods when you’re on antibiotics, and you’ll be one step closer to being up and running once more, without further complications!