Did you know that 70% of your entire immune system is in the gut? This is why it’s so vital to keep your good bugs happy and help them to reproduce in their billions.

Many people ask us, how do I get my gut health back to normal after taking a course of antibiotics?

Rather than write a lengthy blog post about this subject, I think the interview I have posted below with Dr Tom O’Bryan explains it better than many. Dr O’Bryan is the author of the best selling book The AutoImmune Fix.

In this youtube video below, he explains in detail the effects that antibiotics have on your good gut bacteria (the microbiome), while eradicating the harmful bacteria.  Antibiotics dont differentiate between good and bad bacteria and when you take these medicines, there is a resulting dramatic effect on the long term vitality of your gut microbiome.

If you’ve just come off a course of antibiotics, you might find the following summary of the interview helpful to restore your microbiome to help supercharge your immune system.

Dr Tom’s advice in a nutshell:

  1. Avoid foods that throw petrol onto the fire – During and after taking antibiotics, avoid using foods that are known to be inflammatory foods like wheat, dairy, sugar and foods that dont provide any nutritional benefit.
  2. Consume stewed apples, (leaving the skin on) twice a day. Organic apples ideally. You can throw in some raisins and cinnamon.  Why stewed apples you ask? The pectin released from the apple skins during cooking is provided to your gut in it’s pure state where it can get to work helping to repair any damage to your gut lining. Dr Tom explains in detail during the video.
  3. Chicken Bone Broth with a healthy dose of turmeric.  Chicken soup and apples – where have we heard that before? Back to the remedies of the old days! 😉
  4. Eat Prebiotic foods – Prebiotic refers to a typically non-absorbable, naturally-occurring carbohydrate-like fructo-oligo-saccharide, also known as FOS. These are found in fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kefir and kvass. Prebiotics are also found in fresh foods like fruits, especially, sweet potatoes, garlic and onions, asparagus, fresh dandelion greens, radicchio and endive. Feed your good bacteria with these foods rich in butyric acid.
  5. Consume fermented vegetables at least daily.  For example, Caleb’s Love Your Guts Sauerkraut and kimchi or make your own fermented foods at home.
  6. How do you get started? I’m glad you asked. Read on!  🙂

Unless you’re a new subscriber to our blog, you’d be well aware that we’re loud advocates for fermented foods at the Purple House. Caleb has been running his Fearless Fermenting Workshops for several years now and has helped hundreds of people explore fermenting at home with his half-day workshops.

Fermenting foods is easy once you know what to do and not to do, and eating them is pure enjoyment.

SATURDAY 5th August – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Cost: $110 per person – Includes morning tea, recipe book and your own jar of fermented vegies. Learn how to make: sauerkraut, kimchi, milk & water kefir, kombucha, kvass & more!


Numbers are limited.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

Further Reading

Dr Axe – https://draxe.com/4-steps-to-heal-leaky-gut-and-autoimmune-disease/

Dr O’Bryan – http://thedr.com/category/all-about-gluten/articles/


This article should not take the place of medical advice. 

The article is intended for informational purposes. The author is not medically-trained. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any strategy suggested here. The information is meant to support, not replace, the existing relationship between individuals and their caregivers.

The information is not meant to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease. The design of the article is educational and not intended as a prescription. It is advised to consult a healthcare provider for any particular health concern.