1. Eat a varied diet and your gut flora will thrive.
2. Be careful with antibiotics, because they knock out good bacteria as well as bad ones:
The lumen of the gastrointestinal tract is home to at least a kilo of bacteria of more than a thousand different species. There are ten times more bacteria in the gut than there are cells in the entire body. This is known as our normal gut flora.
It seems that a well-balanced gut flora can protect us against invasion by harmful bacteria. Imbalances in the gut flora arise when some species are favoured at the expense of others.
External factors such as diet, lifestyle and antibiotics can affect the composition of the gut flora. A single course of antibiotics can affect the gut flora for a period of several years.
3. Don’t eat too much fibre. Some people’s gut flora turns excess fibre into wind – listen to your gut.
4. Don’t be obsessively hygienic or scared of the germs around us. Don’t disinfect your kitchen.
5. Avoid colonic irrigations. They can endanger the whole balance of your gut flora.