Gut Flora Health: What Can be done?

Published May 2, 2017

When it comes to healthy gut flora, we all have different needs. From the day you are born, factors such as breast-feeding or cesarean birth may affect the make up of your gut environment. Gut flora is made up of a diverse community of both good and bad bacteria living in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. There are many factors that may affect your individual gut flora composition, including, age, diet, and use of antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

Do you often have gas or indigestion shortly after eating? Do you experience stomach “bloating” or occasional loose stools? Then you may benefit from digestive and GI support that includes a healthy diet as well as nutritional and herbal supplements. You can also benefit from committing to a healthier lifestyle.

Commit to Positive Lifestyle Changes

There are many positive lifestyle changes that may help improve your overall health. Start these good habits today and you may be feeling better tomorrow.

Eat Well

  • Plan your meals in advance to ensure that you are eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet.
  • Consider trying a supplement shake made with whole food ingredients.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink water to assist in flushing bodily waste and improve your overall digestive health.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, drink at least 90 ounces per day.

Get Moving

  • Plan a fun activity that gets you moving: Walk with a friend, go for a bike ride, or join a group sport.

Sleep Well

  • Set an earlier bedtime and stick to it. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults ages 18-60 sleep at least seven hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being.
  • Stress can play a significant role in poor digestive and GI health. Make it a point to do something relaxing before bed, such as reading or taking a hot bath.

Stay Positive

  • Write down your goals. Remember why this effort is important for you and your gut health.
  • Schedule regular appointments with your health care professional.
  • Most importantly remember that any small positive change you make in your lifestyle is a WIN!

Take Action

If you are in need of digestive and GI support, consider a GI Flora Gut Program. This six-week program aims to support key principles of GI health with supplements. A program that is designed to promote healthy and balanced intestinal flora as well as support healthy digestion, healthy elimination, and healthy immune system function.

A GI Flora Balance Program should include a menu of product options that can be tailored to fit your individual needs, from everyday digestive to advanced support. Your health care professional can develop a daily plan that is right for you.

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Dr. Van Westen and the Optimal Performance team – physical medicine office in Brookfield, WI.

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