Antibiotics strong enough to eliminate the gut bacteria can also hinder the growth of new brain cells. When Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, it became one of the greatest inventions in the history of medicine.
Ever since that groundbreaking discovery, molecules with antibiotic properties have been discovered and the use of antibiotics to kill harmful bacteria popularized. However, despite their ability to save lives, they are also known to have some severe side effects.
The immune system is always on a seek and destroy mission. This entails looking out for any harmful foreign invaders coupled with other naturally occurring defects and mutant cell in the body.
The human immune system has the capacity to recall the harmful guys and uses tactics that worked before to effectively annihilate this bad guy. The immune cells are among the fastest growing cells in the human body.
In fact, about 80 percent of the immune system is found along the intestinal track and is built by friendly bacteria residing there. The intestinal flora begins to grow while one is still in the womb. However, it never takes off until after one is 8 days old.
By starting with colostrum milk, the intestine starts to populate with more friendly bacteria and the immune system of the infant begins taking inventory of the friendly cells in the body. The inventory lasts throughout the life and the system never forgets any invader.
The worst thing infants can go through is taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria indiscriminately. One round of antibiotics can alter the immune system of your infant and since most Neurochemicals are usually made in the gut, the infant’s neurology is consequently altered. Although the antibiotics have for ages been touted as live saviors, they might actually be causing cancers and other degenerative chronic illnesses.
Upon administering the first round of antibiotics to an infant, the bacteria in their gut is wiped out and the immune system thereby altered. It becomes hard for the immune system to manufacture the necessary immune cells.
Fungus in the gut is then able to proliferate with the friendly bacteria no longer present to counter them. Once the fungus is deep-rooted, parasites can then move in and enjoy the bounty of minerals otherwise meant to feed the body.
This marks the first stage of cancer and other chronic ailments. This is the same process that occurs when adults take more than one round of antibiotics. There is a permanent change. Reversing this process takes years of proper nutrition and probiotic therapies until normalcy in the immune system is restored.
Nearly 80 percent of all heavy metals are eliminated from the human body by the friendly bacteria in the gut. A number of harmful and fungus opts to keep and move the heavy metals in our bodies and then transport them to the various tissues and organ making them vulnerable to future attacks. Fungus acts as a clean –up organism feeding on any compromised tissue. Ultimately, the harmful fungus attacks the healthy tissues as it grows in strength and the body weakens.
Once the harmful bacteria are present, the fungus almost instantly sets up shop. This results in leaky walls that allow partially digested food, allergens, and bacterium to get into the blood.
This means that the already weak immune system has its work doubled as it tries to clear the gut and at the same time tracking down the new threats. Unfortunately, all this starts with a well-meaning but wrong pediatrician and misinformed parent
Cancer is an inflammatory disease. Compromise and particle leakage of the gut into the blood result in inflammation of the entire body. The chronically inflamed organs make easy targets for heavy metals, fungus, bacterium, and viruses.
Unfortunately, the damage does not stop here. The processed foods consumed today compromise the gut barrier resulting in pancreases stress and more trouble. Chronic stress is known to weaken organs, raising the likelihood of suffering from cancer and other ailments.
It all ends once you make an informed decision and before submitting to the medical treatment which includes antibiotics. Keep in mind that you are the one who get the benefits or suffers from the severe consequences.
Scientists believe that the brain cell growth takes place in the hippocampus, which is a crucial part of the memory. Unfortunately, prolonged use of antibiotics has been found to slow down the growth of new brain cells.
Fortunately, this effect can be countered with probiotics and exercises. Most side effects linked to prolonged use of the antibiotics are known. They include fever, diarrhea, allergic reactions. Diarrhea usually occurs due to disruptions of the bacterial composition in the gut.
The gut microbiota is a secondary target of the antibiotics. As noted above, the gut microbiota is renowned for their important role in the regulation of the brain functions thanks to the gut-brain axis, which is associated with the envelopment of several neurological and mental ailments.
It, therefore, makes complete sense that, by unbalancing the microbiota along the gut, antibiotics eventually affected the brain functions. This, with regards to the fact that there is a link between the neurodegenerative ailments, disorders, neuropsychiatric and the gut microbiota dysregulation been established.
Neurogenesis in the hippocampus of adults is also a crucial process in the regular functions of the brain. It plays a key role in the plasticity and cognitive function of the brain, especially in learning and memory. The hippocampus is also involved in several neurological and mental ailments with a decreased neurogenesis being the main element in most pathologies.
A decrease in the hippocampal neurogenesis can be as a result of factors which include social isolation or even chronic stress. For instance, this can lead to mental disorders or neurodegenerative diseases.
But is there an actual link between these processes? Is it scientifically possible for the gut microbiota to alter the neurogenesis in the hippocampus? If so, can the antibiotics affect the neurogenesis despite their effect being targeted on the gut microbiota? The answers to this query are what a recent study published in the Cell Report aimed to figure out.
The microbiota along the gut plays a significant role in the immune system and how the body reacts to inflammation and infections. However, these effects are not entirely limited to the gut. The immune response in another organ such as the brain can also be influenced by the gut microbiota.
The author used a mice, treated with antibiotics to help determine the effects of the gut flora dysregulation on the brain’s hippocampal neurogenesis. According to the findings of the study, it is indeed possible for the antibiotic treatment to reduce the neurogenesis resulting in a deficit in memory retention.
Targeting being the determination of whether the said deficits can be reversed, exercises, known to facilitate neurogenesis, were evaluated. In addition, given that intake of probiotics can indeed balance the microbiota in the gut, probiotic treatment was also tested.
Surprisingly, once normalcy in the gut flora was successfully restored, there was a reversal in the deficit in the neurogenesis although not completely. It was not until the mice engaged in physical activities that included a running wheel that the problem was completely reversed.
Since the restoration of the intestinal microbial failed to restore the neurogenesis levels, it was not exclusive that the lack of gut microbial determines the neurogenesis levels. Other factors also come into play. However, given that the probiotics can the probiotics have the same effects as the exercises, it is a clear indication of the benefits of the gut microbiota on the regulation of the neurogenesis.
The study also focused on the role of Ly6Chi monocytes, which is a cell in the immune system that acts as the link between the brain and the gut. This act as the link in the effect of the antibiotic-induced dysregulation on the gut microbiota.
Antibiotics were found to lower monocyte levels. Additionally, the elimination of the Ly6Chi cells was found to lower neurogenesis. On the other hand, the replenishment of the monocytes to the mice was successfully able to normalize the neurogenesis upon antibiotic treatment.
Both physical activities and probiotics resulted in an increase in Ly6Chi monocytes. This indicated that the cells also serve as a communication link between the brain and the gut, thus contributing to the stimulation of neurogenesis that was induced by the probiotics during the antibiotics treatment of the mice.
Nonetheless, all these effects in the mice after an antibiotic treatment were as a result of other mechanisms other than the Ly6Chi levels in the monocytes. The neuronal progenitor cell also receives more signals regarding other cells, such as glial cells. The study also found proof indicating that the Ly6Chi have key involvement in the hippocampal neurogenesis.
The study further noted the detrimental effect of the antibiotics on the brain. On a lighter note, exercises coupled with a probiotic supplementation and probiotics effectively counteract the side effects of a prolonged antibiotic treatment.