How Foods React with Common Prescription and OTC Drugs

Its easy to forget when you have a hot cup of steaming coffee or a nommy plate of fruit & cheese that there’s more to that food than just a delicious experience.

Guys, food is powerful.

I always tell people that every time you eat is kindaaaa like being back in your high school chemistry class, except the beaker is your tummy! Once you throw back some turkey, spinach, bread, milk– whatever– it all gets mixed up in your stomach and digestion begins… and so does an onslaught of a plethora of biochemical reactions. Really cool to think about… that turkey’s proteins break down into amino acids which may rebuild damaged muscles, the carb in the spinach lends vitamin C to the body and endogenous glutathione activates it to become  powerful anti-oxidant int he body, the bread can break down into tiny glucose molecules that feed your hungry brain, and milk’s vitamin D & calcium can help prevent your body from breaking down bone for calcium.

And that’s just a tiny, microcosm of the thousands of reactions that happen each time you eat. So. FREAKING. COOL!!!

So… now that you’re considering just how powerful food is; you can imagine what could potentially happen when you mix FOOD and MEDS. Medicine, obvi, also affects a plethora of biochemical reactions (and, as a dietitian not a doctor, I am not so well versed to explain).. so it makes sense that sometimes, in certain situations, foods and specific meds should not be taken together.

There is a lot of information (and mis-information unfortunately) out there about how different foods react with common prescription and over-the-counter drugs so  BlinkHealth made a simple and easy to understand graphic to help all ya’ll figure out which foods you should avoid when taking specific meds! Even as a clinical dietitian– I had NO idea that iron rich dairy and calcium containing foods could decrease the efficacy of quinolone antibiotics!

I have no affiliation with this company, nor am I receiving compensation for posting this– I just thought it was a really great, informative infographic. Personally, I am saving this to the e-books section of my iPhone to reference & share with patients…

Let me know if you find this interesting/helpful!



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