Improve gut health with simple lifestyle habits

Photo Credit: Unsplash/Regine Tholen


DURANT – Maintaining a healthy digestive system, or guy, could b the key to better health. When healthy, the gut absorbs nutrients from food, eliminates waste, communicates with the brain and supports a healthy immune system and nervous system function. If the guy is unhealthy, it can cause digestive diseases which affect 60-70 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Health.

Signs of an unhealthy gut include an upset stomach, sudden weight gain or loss without changes in lifestyle, disrupted sleep and constant fatigue. If left untreated, an unhealthy gut can lead to chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Optimal gut health is achieved when the bacteria inside of the gastrointestinal tract, made up of the esophagus, stomach and intestines, work together without causing discomfort.

“Gut health is a popular and complex topic that can seem overwhelming,” said Dr. Lindsay DaVault, a board-certified general surgeon with AllianceHealth Durant. “Luckily, maintaining a healthy gut can be easily achieved through simple lifestyle habits.”

Dr DaVault recommends these lifestyle habits to maintain a healthy gut:

• Consume probiotics: Eat Probiotics from naturally fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut to help create a healthy balance of gut bacteria.

• Eat well: Avoid highly processed foods and eat more fruits, vegetables, lean protein an fiber like apples, broccoli, salmon and quinoa.

• Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help improve gut health by increasing beneficial microbial species and helping to reduce stress.

• Hydrate: Drinking enough water is a simple way to improve gut health and prevent constipation.

• Reduce stress: Try walking, meditating and spending time with loved ones to help reduce stress and decrease inflammation in the gut.

“Consult with your physician before making any lifestyle changes to determine what will help you improve your gut health,” DaVault said.

For more information on how to maintain a healthy gut or to find a provider, visit or call (580) 924-3400.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.