The Overuse of Antibiotics
Many livestock producers use antibiotics in their animal feed to lower the risk that one sick animal will spread disease to the entire herd. This means that our meat is full of antibiotics. Humans are prone to throwing excess medication in the toilet, which puts antibiotics in our water supply. Fish that later end up on our plates also eat or absorb this medicine.
Sometimes desperate patients ask for an antibiotic even when their infection is viral, just so they can feel like they’re doing something to get better.
The result is that we are all consuming antibiotics on a near-daily basis. This level of overuse has pushed antibiotic resistance to a breaking point. Soon there will be super bacteria that medical science has no way of treating. New antibiotics are being developed all the time, but not fast enough. If you’re feeling scared, you should be.
There is really no way to be positive that you are not getting antibiotics in your water or food, but you can minimize your exposure by only taking prescribed antibiotics when you really need to. Don’t gamble with your health, but give your body a chance to fight off an infection with the support of the following 11 foods before you ask for an antibiotic.