What to Eat When You're Taking AntibioticsSupport your body nutritionally when fighting an infection.
Taking antibiotics won't help with a cold, of course, but if that cold turns into a sinus infection, antibiotics are just what the doctor ordered. Your doctor might also prescribe a course of antibiotics to clear up a skin problem, urinary tract infection, or other problem caused by renegade bacteria. As powerful and effective as they are in such cases, antibiotics can have some unwelcome side effects, such as diarrhea.
Taking antibiotics can also deplete your body of certain nutrients, including B-vitamins, iron, and the bone-building nutrients calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K. Of course, it's important to take your antibiotics exactly as prescribed--and to take every last one of them, even if your symptoms are gone. But to support your body nutritionally, reach for these good-for-you foods as well:
Yogurt supplies beneficial bacteria that can help offset the unbalancing effect of the probiotics on your digestive system. It's also a good source of calcium. Try to eat some every day while taking antibiotics and for several weeks afterward. (If you're still having trouble, taking a probiotic supplement during and following antibiotic therapy may help.)
Nutritional yeast is a tasty way to get a big dose of B-vitamins. Sprinkle a tablespoon of nutritional yeast on scrambled eggs, popcorn, or steamed veggies.
Molasses is a little lower in calories than other sweeteners and is a good source of iron. Stir some into your morning oatmeal along with some powdered ginger and raisins and turn a bland breakfast into a fragrant, spicy treat.
Kale and other leafy greens like Swiss chard are an excellent source of bone-building vitamin K. Sauté them with garlic for a side dish, add them by the handful to bean-y soups, or try these dangerously delicious kale chips.
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of both magnesium and iron. Grab a handful of roasted kernels for a satisfying snack. Here's five more ideas for how to enjoy pumpkin seeds from SELF's Healthy Self blog.
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