Antibiotics are the most prescribed pills nowadays. Doctors recommend them against viral and bacterial infections which are pretty common, but the main problem with these drugs is that they don’t work all the time, and even when they do, they kill all the beneficial bacteria in our body as well. Furthermore, antibiotics are only a short-term solution and also responsible for the drug-resistant bugs which are getting increasingly common in recent years.
So, is there a solution? Yes, there is. There are many natural ingredients which are just as effective as antibiotics and can destroy bacteria without harming your intestinal flora or causing adverse side-effects. Here are three natural antibiotics which can replace pills effectively and treat bacterial and viral infections:
Turmeric has been used as a natural remedy against infections for a long time. It can eliminate bacteria just as good as any drug and will also reinforce your immune system, helping the body fight the infection on its own. According to a 2009 study, curcumin, the main active compound in the spice, can fight almost all types of bacteria including the dangerous H. Pylori. In order to get the most out of turmeric’s antibiotic properties, mix a tablespoon of it with 5-6 tablespoons of honey. Keep the mixture in a glass jar in your fridge, and take ½ a teaspoon of it twice a day to prevent viral and bacterial infections.
Garlic has powerful antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial properties that can protect your body from various infections. Its active ingredient allicin and the high sulfur content act as natural antibiotics, and consuming garlic regularly will also provide your body with essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Experts recommend adding a few garlic cloves in all your meals, or consuming a couple before you’ve had your breakfast. If you can’t stand the smell, garlic supplements work just as well.
Ginger is one of the oldest natural remedies known to humanity. Besides being a powerful antibiotic, ginger can also prevent infections caused by foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, while also preventing respiratory and oral infections. To reinforce your immune system and fight any kind of infection, all you need to do is drink ginger tea regularly. To prepare the tea, put an inch of ginger in 1 ½ cup of water and boil for ten minutes, then strain the tea (or don’t if you like it stronger) and drink a few cups of it every day for best results.