You lose a lot when you go into the ICU.
You lose money, even with insurance. You can lose body parts if they decide to start amputating. You can even lose your MIND, as millions of hospitalized seniors battle a frightening condition called delirium.
And that’s not all that’s on the line in the ICU. New research shows how you could also lose something else — something you won’t even notice is gone.
But it’s something that’s absolutely critical to your recovery and your long-term health: bacteria.
The new study finds that heading into the ICU is like spraying RAID in your belly — because this hospital treatment KILLS BUGS DEAD.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t target the bugs making you sick. It kills off the good ones — the little germs that live in your gut and help you digest food, absorb nutrients, fight infection, and even keep your brain firing on all cylinders.
Within just 48 hours of entering the ICU, your all-important “good” bugs die off, while the germs that want to make you sick multiply and seize control of the whole operation.
In that short space of time, up to 98 percent of the bugs in the gut became the bad germs you want nothing to do with, according to the study in the journal mSphere.
It’s a complete takeover… and it’s hostile, because the good bugs they kill off are often your last line of defense against infections such as sepsis, MRSA, C. diff, and more.
But if they’ve been wiped out by antibiotics and other ICU treatments, you’re pretty much defenseless — facing infection with germs that are difficult or, in some cases, even impossible to treat.
As a result, this shift in gut bacteria can lead to new infections, a return to the hospital and even DEATH.
Of course, it’s one thing to know about this risk. It’s quite another to be in a position to DO SOMETHING about it, because you’re not in the ICU for a picnic.
You’re there because you’re in the worst shape of your life — and you may not even be able to communicate, much less ask a doctor about bacteria levels in your gut.
So act NOW. Take a probiotic supplement daily so you’ve got an extra level of protection, should things go south and you find yourself in the ICU.
And once you get back home — whether it’s from intensive care or any other treatment that involved a hospital stay — double up on those supplements so you can make time getting back what you’ve lost and get back to full health faster.