I've been diagnosed with "leaky gut" by two different doctors, but the healing plan was sketchy to non-existent at best. I fell through the cracks. I've been following Dr. Josh Axe for over a year now and have compared his guidance to other nutritionists and natural-paths along the way. It doesn't contradict, yet his presentation is so "user friendly" I get it!
"You are what you eat" was the focus of one my college speeches. I've believed that to be true for years, but Dr. Axe disagrees. He says, "you are not what you eat, but what you digest." That makes sense to me now. He says that you can take good supplements and eat healthy food, but if your gut is leaking undigested food particles into the bloodstream, it is all eliminated before it can nourish your body. So, what's the answer? In Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe gives 5 types of leaky gut:
- Candida Gut
- Stressed Gut
- Immune Gut
- Gastric Gut
- Toxic Gut
...by answering a few questions you can identify yours, if you have leaky gut, and begin the specific plan to heal your gut! Check out the leaky gut lab tests and Dr. Axe's online quiz on his website for more information.
So where does the "dirt" come in? The scientific explanation is detailed, but losing our simpler way of life has ultimately become the culprit in destroying the good stuff that we now kill with all of our sanitizers and pills. Since we've successfully killed it we are faced with getting it back into our compromised bodies. I don't plan on literally eating dirt, and neither does the author, but he gives the reader so many common sense choices to get those microbes and good stuff back.
With autoimmune diseases cropping up in epidemic proportions, it has become personally a great concern to me enough to search for some answers. This presentation by Dr. Axe specifically addresses and offers scientific and practical answers to the causes and successful treatment of autoimmune.
My book is already highlighted in yellow (my granddaughter who has an unnamed auto immune disease, highlighted in pink), underlined and tabbed for the recipes and information I need. It's a must read and potentially a life changer! I am so thankful for the opportunity I was given to read this book.