The Importance of a Balanced Microbiome for Optimal Health and Wellness

Ep 78
This week on ReInvent Healthcare, I bring back an episode about a talk I had on Microbiomes with my guest, Steph Jackson. Together we talk about the importance of diversity, butyrate, and using fermentation, and how to balance the microbiome for optimal health. Listen to the full episode to find out more.


Importance of Short Chain Fatty Acid (SCFA) production
It is beneficial for clients to improve their short chain fatty acid production, as SCFAs play a crucial role in gut lining integrity, metabolic balance, and sleep schedule regulation. SCFAs like butyrate are essential for overall gut health.

Resistant Starch on Gut Microbiota
If clients do not consume enough resistant starch, it can lead to a reduction in beneficial bacteria like bifidobacteria and other essential microbes. Resistant starches naturally discourage the opportunistic bacteria and encourage biodiversity in the microbiome. Food preparation and a variety of resistant starches is needed to increase the diversity in the microbiome to improve gut integrity and benefit metabolic health.

Diverse Fiber-Rich Diet for Gut Health
To support the growth of beneficial bacteria like bifidobacteria, clients need to consume a spectrum of fiber-rich foods, including colorful plant foods. Just relying on probiotics or isolated fibers may not be enough to promote a healthy gut microbiome. A varied diet with different types of fiber is essential for overall gut health


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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.