The White House is proposing doubling spending to develop new antibiotics, in light of widespread overuse which can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This is “one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today,” the White House.

There is a time and a place for antibiotics. Until that time and place however, dosing up on a range of foods that are considered natural antibiotics is well worth considering. The below foods inhibit the action of pathogenic microorganisms, support the immune system and increase the resistance to infection.

COCONUT OIL

Due to its high level of lauric acid, a type of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT), coconut oil fights off bacterial infections and viruses. Lauric acid is a rare fatty acid and can only be found, in high levels, in one other food: human breast milk. We rather consume coconut oil all day every day.

GARLIC

Garlic contains a compound called allicin, a compound with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects. Optimize the beneficial effects of garlic by consuming raw garlic. This recipe contains raw garlic and is worth a try!

OIL OF OREGANO

Oil of oregano also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects due to two active ingredients in this oil: thymol and carvacrol. The oil can be ingested, applied topically or inhaled.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon’s essential oils have anti-pathogenic effects which can inhibit the action of pathogenic microorganisms.

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES RICH IN VITAMIN C

Fruits and vegetables such as lime, kiwi, broccoli and spinach are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C supports the immune system and increases the resistance to infection.

PROBIOTICS

Sadly no longer commonly used, probiotics shouldn’t be underrated as they increase the number of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which in turn, helps fight against invasive microorganisms. Sauerkraut anyone?

Prevention is more fun than treatment! Stay healthy!