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 -.

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Healing Digestion: Part 2 – Digestive Tonics for Low Stomach Acid

Healing Digestion: Part 2 - Digestive Tonics

Photo Credit: Beth Phillips

 Do you get heartburn? It’s likely a sign of low stomach acid.

Click on the following links to read the other posts in this series:

Healing Digestion: Part 1 – Restoring the Mucous Layer
The Dangers of Acid Blockers: How to Heal Heartburn Naturally {Healing Digestion: Part 3}
3 Essential Facts about Probiotics [Healing Digestion: Part 4]
Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]


When you eat, the stomach goes to work mashing up the food you eat into a kind of soup called chyme before it moves to the small intestine. If your stomach doesn’t produce enough hydrochloric acid (low stomach acid or hypochlorhydria), the food you ate will start to putrefy and ferment causing it to swell and push back up into the esophagus.

Do this often enough over a long period, and the lower esophageal sphincter can weaken and ‘hiccup’ or weaken enough to no longer seal the opening from the esophagus to the stomach. This allows the acidic chyme to splash up into the esophagus and make any amount of acid in the stomach feel like too much acid.

Low stomach acid doesn’t mean no stomach acid.

Though the acidity level of the stomach isn’t enough to fully digest the food, it is definitely enough to burn the delicate lining of the esophagus.   […]

Healing Digestion: Part 1 – Restoring the Mucous Layer

Healing Digestion: Part 1 – Restoring the Mucous LayerPhoto credit: Beth Phillips

Click on the following links to read the other posts in this series:

Healing Digestion: Part 2 – Digestive Tonics
The Dangers of Acid Blockers: How to Heal Heartburn Naturally {Healing Digestion: Part 3}
3 Essential Facts about Probiotics [Healing Digestion: Part 4]
Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]


Healing chronic symptoms begins by healing digestion even for those without obvious digestive disorders.

Our bodies use nutrients to rebuild and maintain proper function. Without proper breakdown and absorption of those nutrients, it cannot function properly no matter how well we eat or what supplements we take.

Eating a nutrient-poor diet and improper digestion can both cause your body to starve in the midst of plenty.

Conditions Connected to Maldigestion
  • adrenal fatigue
  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • autism
  • ADD/ADHD
  • chronic infections/syndromes/illnesses
  • depression
  • mental disorders including agoraphobia, dyslexia, dyspraxia
  • motion sickness
  • GERD
  • heartburn/reflux
  • H. Pylori overgrowth
  • stomach/duodenal (small intestine) ulcers
  • gut flora imbalance
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • hair loss

The entire symptom and syndrome list is extensive.   […]

How I Stopped a Gall Bladder Attack Naturally

How I Stopped a Gall Bladder Attack Naturally

This morning, I woke up anticipating a productive day of making applesauce, playing princess and racing imaginary horses, then finishing a post on Katie’s tooth healing diet.

Instead, I decided it would be much better to have a gall bladder attack. :insert heavy sarcasm here:

Feeling a bit inflamed and bruised for the past 3 days, it was now heartily twanging at me.

This isn’t my first gall bladder tantrum, but I was pretty clueless about what was happening in the past.

The one time I ventured to the E.R., they treated my middle-of-the-night gall bladder attack as a panic attack. Thanks doc.

Now What?!

The modern witch doctor that I am now, I shunned conventional medical care, grabbed my research books, and hopped on the Internet. There were no signs of acute distress or rupture so no need to rush off to the hospital.

That said, I would have probably headed straight there had I been in the dark about what was happening or how to treat it. It’s pretty scary when your insides are going haywire.   […]