Wouldn’t it be great if we don’t have to keep on popping pills every time we’re sick or need some form of health maintenance so we can always be disease-free?

So you probably know about “natural antibiotics”? These can just be in your pantry, sitting in your cupboard, or can be easily bought from the dry goods market or your neighborhood greengrocer. These natural antibiotics have either antibacterial, antifungal or antiviral properties; a good many of them have been used by peoples of different cultures for centuries.

Let’s identify all these natural antibiotics!

  • Fruits & Vegetables containing Lots of Vitamin C

Vitamin C have an ability to fight against disease and popularly known to built body immune system. Vitamin C is great to ingest because it even helps in healing snake bites, viral and bacterial infections. In fact, Useful to keep off or eliminate certain infectious bacteria. It also is responsible for skin repair, instrumental in healing wounds, and increasing the body’s ability to fight infection.

Vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C:  Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Peppers, Spinach, Kale, Tomatoes, Parsley, Chives

Fruits rich in Vitamin C:  Currants, Guavas, Strawberries, Pineapple, Lemon, Oranges, Honeydew, Kiwi, Watermelon, Mangoes, and Plums

  • Garlic

Garlic is a natural antibiotic in such a way that if you imbibe on a few cloves of garlic each day, you can almost always eliminate an infection. Unlike chemical antibiotics, garlic effectively acts as an antiviral and antifungal powerhouse. It has an established track record of being excellent at fighting bacteria, including fungal, viral and parasitic infections, removing staph, strep among others.

To demonstrate the power of garlic, a study asked 7 AIDS patients to take 2 or 4 garlic cloves per day for 3 months. The result was their T cells activity normalized (this is a key indicator of an active AIDS Infection) are 3 months. As stated earlier, nature has given us an abundance of antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial substances to help us fight disease.

  • Onions

Known to be a relative of garlic, onion is considered to have medicinal properties which help in reducing pain, inflammation and enhances circulation. Like garlic, onions are also known for the treatment of the common cold and flu, as well as a persistent cough.

  • Honey

Honey has had a long, illustrious history as an antibacterial, topical treatment for infections. The most potent form of honey when it comes to healing infections is Manuka honey from Australia and New Zealand. It is nectar derived by honey bees that find food in the manuka bushes of New Zealand. It also contains anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, wound-repairing, stomach-healing, and overall health-promoting properties. An amazing superfood!

What makes Manuka honey fantastic? When applied topically, it can kill a vast range of pathogens including the MRSA which is a flesh-eating kind of bacteria.

  • Grapefruit seed extract

Tested grapefruit seed extract can prevent a growth of viruses, bacteria, and fungi, . The active ingredients contains non-toxic and gathered from the seed and pulp from organically grown grapefruit. The process changes the fruit’s bioflavonoids into an extremely effective compound that can be used to kill E. Coli, candida, herpes, staph, strep, salmonella, influenza, parasites, fungi, and other pathogens.

  • Cinnamon

As a spice and a medicine, its essential oils qualify as “anti-microbial food”. It has been repeatedly studied to stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including Candida. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

One of the most important medicinal property it has is to provide impactful effects on blood sugar and insulin levels, helping to control diabetes and benefiting the pancreas. If you feel like eating cinnamon, that must be your body signaling that your blood sugar levels need to be arranged.

  • Ginger

Chinese and the Indians in Ayurvedic Medicine for thousand years are using ginger. It also known for treating colds and flu, it has been established that it raises our body temperature making us sweat. When we sweat, a chemical is produced that fights bacteria causing an antimicrobial effect. In an Indian report, it shows that ginger increases the immune system’s ability to fight infection. From chemotherapy and pregnancy, it is useful to treat nausea, vomiting, and any motion sickness . Also as a good digestive aid for mild stomach upset and reduction of pain for osteoarthritis.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV contains malic acid which is a substance known for its anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. ACV kills all kinds of deadly germs that attack our throat and draws them all out including toxins like a sponge from the throat’s surrounding tissue. ACV also stimulates a condition called acetolysis wherein toxic wastes in the body are broken down and made harmless.

How about you – any ideas of natural antibiotics which could join our list? Share in the comments below!

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