Optimal Health starts with a Healthy Gut


Gastrointestinal function is important for general health. The intestinal tract contains significant amounts of bacteria - some beneficial, some neutral, and some harmful. Balancing beneficial microbial flora in the gut is key in digestion, nutrient usage, and ridding the body of waste and pathogens. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, mental/emotional disorders, and autoimmune diseases.

The 5R Phases of Gastrointestinal Restoration:

Remove offending substances from the diet, while

adding targeted nutritional support to help remove

unwanted compounds from the body. Specific

herbs can provide nutritional support to help

promote a healthy intestinal environment.*

Replace digestive enzymes and stomach acid through

supplementation, if necessary. Digestive factors and

enzymes facilitate the breakdown of food. An insufficiency

of these compounds is common, especially as we age,

which inhibits optimal digestion and utilization of

nutrients, as well as the elimination of waste.*

Reinoculate the GI tract with probiotics. Reintroduce

health-promoting, “friendly” bacteria, to help promote a desirable

balance of GI microflora. This balance is important

to GI tissue (mucosal) health, immune function,

intestinal barrier function, and digestion.*

Regenerate the GI mucosa through diet and lifestyle changes,

enhanced by advanced nutritional support. In addition to a

medical food, your healthcare practitioner may recommend

a targeted supplement to help maintain the integrity of the

GI mucosal lining, which could be impacted by a GI insult.*

Retain the health and function of your GI tract with

foundation nutritional support, along with healthy eating,

adequate sleep, regular exercise, and stress management.

Your healthcare practitioner may also recommend

UltraFlora Balance and GI Sustain (if you have leaky

gut syndrome) as part of a maintenance program.*

Ask your healthcare practitioner if a program to improve gastrointestinal health is right for you. Our gastrointestinal profile provides detailed information on gut function. For more information, contact us today to start on your journey to optimal health!

References

Metagenics. 5R GI Restoration Program Guide. 2013

The contents of this blog are intended for educational purposes only. The information presented here is not a substitute for proper medical attention, diagnosis, or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before starting or making any changes to an existing treatment plan, exercise program or dietary regimen, and before using nutritional supplements.

~ Dr. Sarah Williams ~ Concord & Nantucket, Massachusetts ~

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