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

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

by Josh Axe


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From functional medicine expert and wellness authority Dr. Josh Axe, a groundbreaking guide to diagnosing and treating an often-discussed yet little-understood condition—leaky gut syndrome—that is dominating media headlines.

Most Americans live a “germ-free” lifestyle, sanitizing and scrubbing every surface, eating processed and pasteurized food, and slathering on anti-bacterial gels. But while our homes and hands may be clean, our health is taking a hit. Starved of actual nutrition and overtaxed by chemicals, stress, and excessive antimicrobial use, we are developing microscopic tears in our intestinal walls.

These tears can lead to a condition known as “leaky gut syndrome,” a deterioration of the gut wall that results in wide-spread inflammation and weakened immunity. In his bestselling book Eat Dirt, functional medicine practitioner Dr. Josh Axe explains the hidden causes and widespread effects of leaky gut syndrome and offers a program to heal the gut and restore health in five easy steps.

Dr Axe offers diagnostic quizzes to help readers assess their gut type, then provides simple regimes designed to heal the gut and eliminate digestive and autoimmune problems. From reducing antibiotic use to eating seasonally, spending more time outdoors, managing stress, and incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet, Dr. Axe’s program can help anyone restore gut health and feel their best.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062433640
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 245,553
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Why We're Suffering

1 The Hidden Epidemic 3

2 Ground Zero for Leaky Gut 17

3 The Immunity Connection 31

4 Eat Dirt 48

Part 2 The Five Factors of Gut Health

5 You Are What You Eat 67

8 A Sanitized Society 88

7 The Price of Convenience 110

8 Our Stressful Lives 131

9 Medication Nation 142

10 The Eat Dirt Program 161

Part 3 Heal For Your Gut Type

11 Healing the Whole Body 179

12 Healing Candida Gut 189

13 Healing Stressed Gut 199

14 Healing Immune Gut 210

15 Healing Gastric Gut 221

16 Healing Toxic Gut 232

Part 4 Recipes

17 Recipes for Home and Body 245

Resource Guide 287

Acknowledgments 289

Notes 291

Index 311

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having battled autoimmune disease, I thought I knew all about Leaky Gut. Well, surprise, surprise, I feel like I knew nothing. Dr. Axe is amazing and this is one of the most thorough and profound books I have read on the subject. And he advocates dirt!! Dirt is not our enemy and he advocates welcoming more "dirt" back into our lives. This book is highly recommended. If you are trying to eat better to live better, I'd also recommend that you buy a copy of "The Hungry Chick Dieting Solution" which is also on sale here on BN. It is a must read. It goes hand in hand with what Dr. Axe says about the foods that we eat, especially the very things hidden in your favorite foods. The advice about how to ensure that you are drinking enough water is worth the price of the book alone. Trust me, its not the eight glasses of water that they lied to you about. Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DrAxe is one of the leaders in staying healthy this book is a must read
Maximilian Kohler More than 1 year ago
I'm someone who's been following the microbiome research daily for a few years now. I catalog what I see in a wiki for others to access. I read this book as part of an investigation into what I saw as dangerous misinformation being spread that seemed to stem from a misinterpretation of the literature. - The book starts off with example of his mom's breast cancer & other related health problems being reversed with some standard changes such as removing processed foods, and taking a few supplements. Later on in the book he clarifies that he thinks one of the main things was the "Budwig diet" - a daily drink consisting of "goat's milk kefir (raw and organic), sprouted flax meal, flaxseed oil, stevia to taste". Attributing only to leaky gut, tons of things that are due to the wide variety of forms of gut dysbiosis. And the solution is to "eat dirt". Same as with all the others promoting this nonsense, he's misattributing damage done from antibiotics and poor diet to lack of environmental microbes, IE: dirt. Based on the assumption we're born sterile and develop our gut microbiome solely from the environment/dirt. Most of the recommendations are just general good food/supplements and being outdoors, but the eat dirt stuff is a dangerous misinterpretation of the literature, and jumping to conclusions based on incomplete data. Gives little to no backing/evidence for his "eat dirt" recommendation. Total junk. It's not even "junk science" as there is no science. It's mostly anecdotes with no scientific studies comparing the results of one behavior vs another, and measuring all health outcomes in both groups. I wasn't going in to this with high expectations based on what I've seen from his website previously, but this guy makes me non stop facepalm. IMO he's worse than any of the criticisms I've seen directed towards Dr Oz and Mercola. There are so many conflicting/contradictory statements in this book that I have to wonder at what point in his life did he lose the ability to make logical connections between multiple things. Was it due to problematic microbes he picked up from his dirt eating, or was it something earlier in his development that was the cause. Much of the book is just promoting generally healthy diet. Also promotes the use of essential oils for a variety of things. To add some perspective on the oils he promotes, one of them - Oil of Oregano, is a broad spectrum antimicrobial (which is completely contradictory to his warnings about antibiotics, and his overall recommendation to eat dirt) that in my experience was more damaging than many prescription antibiotics. AND it gave me no benefits when at least the prescription antibiotics did. Look up "appeal to nature fallacy". That's what he's doing. Common misinformation about probiotics regarding multi-strain & high CFU count. Later on contradicts that with a more accurate recommendation. It's like he's just regurgitating every bit of information out there, regardless of accuracy/contradictory. Example quotes: "All synthetic drugs cause leaky gut in some way" "Spikenard, an essential oil widely referenced throughout the Bible, can reduce stress, calm inflamed skin, stimulate the immune system, lower cortisol, and increase spiritual awareness." - A perfect example of the major problems in our medical/education systems. This guy is a medical doctor who is extremely uninformed/misinformed and spreading dangerous, non-evidence-based advice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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