Medications that interfere with nutrients and good bacteria

When Dr. Ross Pelton was on the show last Saturday, he offered our listeners a copy of his FREE Quick Reference Guide to Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions. Click the title to download it.

One of the topics he covers is the number drugs that damage our friendly gut bacteria. My most recent book, The Probiotic Cure: Harnessing the Power of Good Bacteria for Better Health discusses the myriad ways that our gut buddies determine our health, immune function, emotional state, weight and much more. Here is Dr. Pelton’s list of the classes drugs that disrupt our collection of helpful bacteria (our microbiomes):

  • Antibiotics (well, duh!)
  • PPIs, H2 blockers & Antacids (heartburn drugs)
  • NSAIDs (pain killers)
  • Statins (cholesterol)
  • Metformin (blood sugr)
  • Opioids (pain killers)
  • Corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory)
  • Atypical Antipsychotics (mental illness)
  • Chemotherapy Drugs (cancer)
  • Estrogen meds (OCs & HRT)

Fortunately, there are gut friendly natural alternatives to most of those meds as you learn about from HBN’s guests and in the library. If you must take the drugs, at the least, make sure you supplement with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics. To protect the bacteria from the meds, allow a couple of hours between them.

2 Responses

  1. Brian James says:

    Very good read and information!!

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