Welcome to the first Healthy Blogger Book Club meeting of 2017! Today’s book is such a great one to start off the year, it’s called Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It:
The author is Josh Axe, a board-certified doctor of natural medicine (DNM) and clinical nutritionist. I’ve been reading Dr. Axe’s blog for several years now, and I really love the approachable, well-researched articles on his site.
Eat Dirt is Dr. Axe’s first book, and its focus is on how our germ-free lifestyles have been at least partially responsible for the current epidemic of autoimmune disease through leaky gut syndrome.
Leaky gut sounds so weird. I remember when I first heard the term about five years ago. At that time, I had developed chronic hives which appeared after eating certain foods, and one of the physicians working with Dr. Fuhrman mentioned it as a possibility. I couldn’t find a lot of information about it back then, but eventually the changes I made to my diet and lifestyle, including probiotics, supplements, and identifying food sensitivities, helped me resolve those symptoms.
This book would have been so helpful for me back then! It is written in an easy-to-read format, with an overview about what leaky gut is, how it has become prevalent in our population, and, most importantly, what we can do about it.
Dr. Axe clearly wants to make it easy for people to help themselves, so he segments leaky gut symptoms into 5 categories:
- Candida gut
- Stressed gut
- Immune gut
- Gastric gut
- Toxic gut
None of those sound very glamorous to say the least, but the book includes a description of each one, with simple ways to adjust your diet, supplements, and lifestyle practices to help resolve the issues. Some of the changes are so simple, too, such as avoiding sugar (candida gut), cooking vegetables for easier digestion (immune gut), chewing more (for gastric gut), and practicing forgiveness (toxic gut).
Looking back on it, I’m pretty sure my gut issues fell into the Stressed and Immune Gut categories. Even if you don’t want to get that specific, this book is such an interesting and important read for anyone suffering with stomach problems, autoimmune disease, or unexplained aches and pains:
Have you read this book or heard of leaky gut before? Tell me what has worked to resolve it for you; I’d love to know. And, be sure to check out my book club co-host’s review too. I always love reading her take on the same book.
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