3 Essential Facts about Probiotics [Healing Digestion: Part 4]

3 Essential Facts about Probiotics [Healing Digestion: Part 4]

For the complete series, follow these links:

Healing Digestion: Part 1 – Restoring the Mucous Layer
Healing Digestion: Part 2 – Digestive Tonics
The Dangers of Acid Blockers: How to Heal Heartburn Naturally {Healing Digestion: Part 3}
Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]

Gut health is a buzz word in the holistic health community these days for good reason. We can’t be healthy without it.

You can try every supplement on the market to help heal arthritis, thyroid disorders, allergies, eczema, or infertility but you won’t do much good if you can’t digest and absorb those nutrients.

Fermented Foods

Fermented and cultured foods like yogurt and kefir are an important addition to most meals for digestive health, but they can’t usually be used exclusively for gut repopulation.

These foods are not always as effective and can cause problems for people with histamine intolerance and/or yeast and mold allergies.

1. Gut bacteria produce necessary vitamins.

Bacteria in the large intestine work to break down food particles that we can’t digest. In the process, they produce vitamins that many of us are severely deficient in and/or have to supplement – mainly the B vitamins and Vitamin K -.

With our limited knowledge of nutrients, there are likely to be many others provided by this beneficial colony of bacteria and yeasts that we haven’t discovered yet.

2. Probiotics are a necessary part of gut healing.

The majority of people now have compromised digestive function. It affects every part of our health and can cause symptoms that seem completely unrelated like cardiovascular stress and joint pain.

Supplementing with probiotics as part of a gut healing protocol is a critical step to repopulating the GI tract with beneficial bacteria. That bacterial layer insulates and protects the mucous layer, in turn, preventing undigested food from leaking into the bloodstream.

3. Gut health is critical to immune health.

It is estimated that over 80% of our immune system is in the GI tract. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, skin disorders, autoimmune disease, and frequent colds, then you need to focus on gut health first.

The GI tract is considered the second brain. Stress and other strains on the immune system also affect our ability to digest foods. without breaking down and absorbing the proper nutrient, our bodies can’t function correctly.

Click here for Part 5: Digestive Enzymes.


Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

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