The truth is that we have all taken (or will take) medication at some point in our lives, whether we are talking about treating serious diseases and infections or a deficiency with supplements. Unfortunately, there are some people who have to take medication for life because they suffer from a chronic disease that can’t be completely treated, so they need to control their symptoms and prevent other possible complications. For example, heart disease and type 2 diabetes require lifelong treatment.
However, it’s no secret that taking medication of any kind may mean changing your lifestyle a bit as well – and that includes not only quitting smoking or other bad habits, sleeping at least eight hours a day, exercising and so on, but also choosing foods more carefully.
That being said, it is important to understand that your diet plays a crucial role in managing your symptoms, preventing some diseases and improving your overall health. So, there are a lot of benefits when following a healthy diet. However, in some cases, you have to avoid certain foods because they can interfere with medications – of course, it doesn’t mean that they are less healthy, but they can interfere with certain substances in the pills that you take, which leads to the cancellation of the effect of those drugs.
In other words, food and drug interaction occur when a specific nutrient found in certain foods changes the way your body assimilates the medication you are taking, making the treatment ineffective. To be more specific, let’s say that you have to take certain antibiotics to treat an infection, for example, but consuming some dairy products during treatment will make it inefficient.
But that’s not all! According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, food and drug interaction can increase your risk of side effects as well, some of which are really dangerous. Read on for more info!