My previous post points out six reasons one may have a disrupted microbiome. So now that we know some reasons why, the most obvious first step in maintaining a healthy gut would be to avoid all of the things listed that destroy your gut flora and damage the intestinal barrier. But of course that’s not always possible, especially in the case of chronic stress and infections. If you have been exposed to some of these factors, which most of us have been, there are steps you can take to restore your gut flora.
① Remove all food toxins from your diet (refined flour, sugar, omega 6 industrial seed oils, processed soy)
② Maximize your digestive capacity using supplemental acid and enzymes
③ Eat plenty of fermentable fibers (starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)
④ Eat fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc., and/or take a high-
quality, multi-species probiotic
⑤ Treat any intestinal pathogens (such as parasites, H. pylori, SIBO) that may be present
⑥ Find ways and take steps to manage your stress