The purpose of taking antibiotics is to kill disease-causing bacteria that have infected your body. Common side effects of antibiotics include a compromised immune system, destruction of friendly bacteria and drug resistance. Like all other pharmaceuticals, antibiotics are processed in your liver to be eliminated later by your body. There are things you can do to cleanse your body of the remnants of antibiotics.

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Eliminate antibiotic remnants by eating plenty of anti-oxidant-rich foods. Anti-oxidants can enhance your immune system to help your liver flush antibiotic remnants from your cells and blood. You can reap the benefits of anti-oxidants by eating fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, prunes, bell peppers (red and green), strawberries, broccoli and beans. Eat at least two to three servings of these foods daily. You can also get anti-oxidants from vitamin C supplements. The recommended dosage for vitamin C is one 500 mg tablet once a day.

Drink at least two liters of clean water every day. Drinking enough water can help your liver and kidneys flush out the remnants of antibiotics and increase your metabolism while keeping your cells healthy. Always drink filtered or bottled water to avoid the harmful elements in tap water.

Take garlic in capsule form. Allicin is the active ingredient in garlic that can help your kidneys and liver flush out toxins while cleaning your blood. The recommended dosage for garlic is one 500 mg capsule every day with food. For maximum benefit, you can also add garlic to your main dishes.

Eat one cup of yogurt every day. Antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria that cause disease, but also the good bacteria, especially intestinal bacteria (lactobacilli) that maintain your digestive system. Yogurt contains millions of lactobacilli that can help replenish the ones that the antibiotics killed. Consume yogurt on an empty stomach for maximum benefit.