A friend sent me a great article from Dr. Mark Hyman on the steps you can take to lessen unwanted bacteria in your GI system. I pulled a brief synopsis out of the article that outlines the 5 steps he recommends. The link to the full article is at the end of the post.
The first 4 steps are pretty simple and straightforward. The 5th step requires working with a functional medicine practitioner. If you’re looking for one, give us a call and we can help.
Five Steps to a Healthy Gut (and a Healthy Body!)
Follow these five simple steps to begin rebalancing your gut flora.
1. Eat a fiber-rich, whole foods diet–it should be rich in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables–all of which feed good bugs.
2. Limit sugar, processed foods, animal fats, and animal protein–these provide food for unhealthy bugs.
3. Avoid the use of antibiotics, acid blockers, and anti-inflammatories–they change gut flora for the worse.
4. Take probiotics daily–these healthy, friendly flora can improve your digestive health and reduce inflammation and allergy.
5. Consider specialized testing–such as organic acid testing, stool testing (new tests can look at the DNA of the bacteria in your gut), and others to help assess your gut function. You will likely have to work with a functional medicine practitioner to effective test and treat imbalances in your gut.
Here’s the full article:
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 10 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.