The Consequences of Antibiotics: WellBe’s Guide to Antibiotics

When you think about antibiotics, they’re usually for when you’re sick, right? Well, not really. Around 60 years ago, scientists figured out that giving healthy cattle, hogs, and poultry antibiotics in their feed or water helped them gain weight faster. Our first reaction to discovering this was: Good thing we aren’t getting antibiotics in our food or water, in case it’d make us gain weight faster. Oh wait, it turns out we do. Humans consume antibiotics not only through the meat we eat, but also via the water we drink (think manure contamination + groundwater).
In the third of our three-part series on antibiotics, we look at how the antibiotics we are unknowingly consuming can affect our health and microbiome. Plus, how the rise of antibiotic use in animals may be tied to the obesity epidemic.
Part 1: What Are Antibiotics?
Part 2: What Is Antibiotic Resistance?
More from WellBe:
WellBe Guide: What Are Antibiotics?
WellBe Guide: What is Antibiotic Resistance?
Dr. Gerard Mullin: Why Your Body Needs Prebiotics and Probiotics for Gut Health
How to Pick the Healthiest Eggs For Your Body