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 Dr. Josh Axe

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504696654
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(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.

Eric Martin is an Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has narrated many dozens of audiobooks in fiction and nonfiction. He is also the host and producer of the award-winning This American Wife, a popular podcast, and now web series, that features original comedy and stories, as well as interviews with authors such as Robert Greene and Amy Tan.

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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
Looking for a numbness in my feet.