Functional Foods for Optimizing Microbiome Balance With Steph Jackson

New Series 2 Episode 9
This episode focuses on functional food for optimizing microbiome balance. Our guest, Steph Jackson, is an expert in gut health and fermented foods. Lovingly called the “gut whisper” by members of our community, Steph is changing the way we think about holistic digestive health. Tune in to our discussion to learn how to ensure your clients know how to incorporate a variety of carbohydrates needed for a healthy microbiome, the vital nutrients necessary for butyrate production, and how to use fermentation to change everyday foods for a variety of gut-healing benefits. By working with all of our bacteria, we’re able to achieve dynamic and lasting wellness.


  • [05:00] The reasons resistant starch is good for you.
  • [09:00] Eating more fiber produces more butyrate, specifically in the gut.
  • [15:00] Liver enzymes, and multiple other things that help us to tolerate foods.
  • [24:00] Many clients are taking zinc supplements but not drinking enough water.
  • [28:00] It’s not only a matter of taking a probiotic, it’s a matter of having the right environment as well.
  • [32:00] The benefits of including ginger in your diet.


  • If the Microbiome is out of balance, symptoms are produced from bacteria processing the food for you.
  • We need to look at improving stomach acid and gut and microbiome health to ensure we make proper changes to our health.
  • Several studies show that we can increase our bifidobacterium by eating more fiber. But, what those studies have not been able to find is that eating more fiber produces more butyrate, specifically in the gut.



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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.