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Probiotics Critical For Healing Gut Microbiome After Antibiotic Use

Few people realize how the bacteria that live in our gut called, our microbiome, regulate the health of our bone mass.

The numbers and types of bacteria in your gut regulates not only your total estrogen levels, but your Parathyroid hormone, and levels of stress hormones called glucocorticoids.

The bacteria affect the health of bones through a complex network of physiologic signals and effects. Bacteria actually bind to nerves, bacteria also produce chemicals that signal, and bacteria affect proteins secreted by the liver and other organs that ultimately affect bones themselves.

The most important of these compounds is butyrate.

Those with bone loss as they age, called osteoporosis, will have a different, less healthy, array of bacteria in their intestines. These less healthy bacteria work to both decrease the healthy, bone building signals, and trigger bone loss signals.

Antibiotics, affect the gut bacteria adversely, and can through selectively harming some bacteria, ultimately affect the healthy bacteria that are linked to optimal bone health, Thus: Antibiotic use specifically negatively alters bone health!

Probiotics have been shown in at least 4 well done research studies to improve bone health. Specifically in cases where you use antibiotics, by also taking probiotics you can help balance any bone detrimental effects. Exactly which probiotic is best…that’s still being debated. Beyond that we do recommend at least 20 billion per day.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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