Immune Health

Easy and Effective ways to strengthen your gut

Easy and Effective ways to strengthen your gut

Do you experience stomach issues? Do you ever feel like you have to pass gas and are embarrassed to be in public? Do you ever feel bloated? If your gut is healthy, it is not normal to feel this way and using a reliable probiotic like Florastor can definitively make things better. Working as a community pharmacist for over 15 years, I can confidently say that gut health is a very hot topic that me and my patients always discuss and has recently gained more popularity.

Did you know that there are trillions of microorganisms hard at work deep down in your digestive system? The human intestine has many bacteria, fungi and viruses making up what is now known as our “gut microbiome” and they keep our gut healthy, strengthens our immune system and have the biggest impact on our well being. Unfortunately when things get out of whack dysbiosis occurs and can cause symptoms ranging from gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, to constant fatigue, sleep disturbances, skin irritations and even food intolerances.

The following factors have been shown to contribute to dysbiosis: antibiotics use, a diet high in processed foods and added sugars and low in fiber, lack of daily probiotic, physical and mental stress, alcohol misuse, gastrointestinal infections and age. Numerous studies have demonstrated links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune disease, endocrine disease, skin conditions and even cancer. Therefore, taking care of our gut should be our priority.

I help a lot of patients with their health-related gut issues. I work through their health concerns and develop a plan that is specific to them. The following are some of my recommendations for better gut health. Controlling and lowering your stress levels, getting enough sleep, taking a well-researched probiotic such as Florastor that has been shown to protect and restore gut balance, incorporating a proper diet and adding prebiotics as well as avoiding taking antibiotics unnecessarily. Taking Florastor daily along with making lifestyle changes has helped a lot of my patients improve their symptoms and feel better.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Jenny Stepanian,

BSc.Phm Nutrition and Metabolic Syndrome: Lifestyle Medicine certificate, Harvard Medical School Pharmacist, University of Toronto

IG: @wellthypharmacist