Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It

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HarperCollins, Mar 29, 2016 - Health & Fitness - 352 pages

Doctor of Natural Medicine and wellness authority Dr. Josh Axe delivers a groundbreaking, indispensable guide for understanding, diagnosing, and treating one of the most discussed yet little-understood health conditions: leaky gut syndrome.

Do you have a leaky gut? For 80% of the population the answer is “yes”—and most people don’t even realize it. Leaky gut syndrome is the root cause of a litany of ailments, including: chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and even arthritis.

To keep us in good health, our gut relies on maintaining a symbiotic relationship with trillions of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. When our digestive system is out of whack, serious health problems can manifest and our intestinal walls can develop microscopic holes, allowing undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins to seep into the bloodstream. This condition is known as leaky gut syndrome.

In Eat Dirt, Dr. Josh Axe explains that what we regard as modern “improvements” to our food supply—including refrigeration, sanitation, and modified grains—have damaged our intestinal health. In fact, the same organisms in soil that allow plants and animals to flourish are the ones we need for gut health. In Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe explains that it’s essential to get a little “dirty” in our daily lives in order to support our gut bacteria and prevent leaky gut syndrome. Dr. Axe offers simple ways to get these needed microbes, from incorporating local honey and bee pollen into your diet to forgoing hand sanitizers and even ingesting a little probiotic-rich soil.

Because leaky gut manifests differently in every individual, Dr. Axe also identifies the five main “gut types” and offers customizable plans—including diet, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations—to dramatically improve gut health in just thirty days. With a simple diet plan, recipes, and practical advice, Eat Dirt will help readers restore gut health and eliminate leaky gut for good.


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I enjoyed this book, it was very informative and you can see the passion the author has for the subject through his writings. I was able to understand and follow what he was talking about. I definitely will be avoiding antibiotics and medications as much as I can and I will gladly spend more time outside knowing it’s helping my immune system :) One thing I found discouraging was the complete lifestyle change I cannot afford to make at this point in time. He suggests switching to shopping for items you can mostly only find at organic food stores and health food stores, which is just not practical for my location or financial situation. I still recommend this book as it is very informative and “eye opening” as to the importance of bacteria for our health and our loved ones health.  

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good book, one must read. modern life style has over sensitized people for cleanliness. leaving and mixing with mother earth is essential. few microbes entering body gives us immunity not disease.
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Dr Deepti Dongaonkar, MD Pune, India 2019


Dedication Introduction
The Hidden Epidemic
Ground Zero for Leaky
The Immunity Connection
Eat Dirt
You Are What You
Healing the Whole Body
Healing Candida
Healing Stressed
Healing Immune
Healing Gastric
Healing Toxic
part four RECIPES

A Sanitized Society
The Price of Convenience
Our Stressful Lives
Medication Nation
The Eat Dirt Program
Recipes for Home and Body
Resource Guide

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Dr. Josh Axe is a doctor of natural medicine and a clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. He founded one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the United States and runs the popular health website, where you can find recipes, natural remedies, videos, nutrition advice, and fitness tips. Dr. Axe is a board-certified doctor of natural medicine (DNM), earned his doctorate in chiropractic at Palmer College (DC), and is a certified nutrition specialist (CNS) from the American College of Nutrition. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Chelsea.

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