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Antibiotic therapy for pneumonia. Applying probiotics

Antibiotic therapy for pneumonia. Applying probiotics

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

A course of antibiotics is the most effective method of treating pneumonia. The antibiotics kill bacteria, thus, they target the causative agent. Unfortunately, by killing pathogenic bacteria that is responsible for pneumonia, they also kill the beneficial ones, which are located around the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, during antibiotic therapy for pneumonia, it is extremely important to also take probiotic supplements in the form of capsules or sachets to prepare an oral solution.
The role of probiotics, i.e. beneficial bacterial strains (primarily the Lactobacillus strain) is invaluable, as probiotic bacteria:
prevent bacterial and viral infections of the gastrointestinal tract, protect from diarrhoea,
have a positive effect on the function of the gastrointestinal tract and the role of the small and large intestine; improve peristalsis, reduce stool weight,
protect from diarrhoea during antibiotic therapy,
reduce flatulence, constipation and the other gastrointestinal problems,
have a positive effect on immune system function,
prevent food allergies,
reduce the level of bad LDL cholesterol fraction,
can play a supplementary role in treating Helicobacter pylori infections and cancer of the large intestine.

During antibiotic therapy for pneumonia, remember to take the probiotics regularly. Their beneficial, comprehensive effect on the body is such that it is important to ensure they are not destroyed by the applied antibiotic.
Probiotic bacteria can also be provided by a balanced diet that includes fermented dairy products (yoghurt, butter milk). Such fermented dairy products are a valuable source of probiotics, as well as calcium, in a form that is easy to absorb and which plays a significant role in the prevention of osteoporosis.
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