I just finished a course of antibiotics. How can I get the good bugs back fast?

 You’re smart to ask, even a short course of antibiotics can result in yeast overgrowth that leads to sugar cravings, fatigue and indigestion. Probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi help recolonize the good flora. The only drawback: They provide just millions of beneficial bacteria per serving, that’s a fraction of the trillions of bacteria needed to optimize digestive health, so it can take up to two months to see results.

To speed things along, consider taking a supplement with at least five different strains of bacteria and 10 billion viable organisms, plus the prebiotic FOS (which nourishes existing bacteria). One to consider: Flora-Key (found at www.unikeyhealth.com), a natural sweetener I helped develop that can be sprinkled into coffee or cereal. Many of my clients see a reduction in appetite and an uptick in energy levels within 10 days of starting it, plus weight loss with continued use.

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