"We can heal. We just need to summon the collective will to change some of our long-standing but extremely dangerous habits - especially our deadly addiction to being clean." (6)
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Author: Dr. Josh Axe
Publisher: Harper Wave
Publisher: Harper Wave
Release Date: March 29, 2016Genre: Health & Nutrition
ABOUT THE BOOK
In recent decades, modern “improvements” to our lifestyle and food supply have come with a cost: our health. From pesticides in our soil to the refrigeration and pasteurization of our food to an overreliance on antibiotics and a preoccupation with sanitizing everything in sight, our desire to be clean is actually putting us at risk for a host of chronic illnesses. That’s because as we’ve shifted our focus to living a germ-free life, our bodies—specifically, our digestive systems—have taken a hit. Starved of actual nutrition, fed toxic levels of processed foods, and overtaxed by chemicals, stress, and excessive antimicrobial use, we’ve developed microscopic tears in our intestinal walls, leading to the widespread inflammation and weakened immunity that characterize a condition known as “leaky gut syndrome.”
In Eat Dirt, functional medicine practitioner Dr. Josh Axe explains the hidden causes and widespread effects of leaky gut syndrome, a condition that is thought to be ground zero for many of the country’s most confounding health crises—including allergies, asthma, food sensitivities, diabetes, digestive diseases, arthritis, thyroid conditions, and even frustratingly difficult-to-treat conditions such as chronic fatigue and autism. Dr. Axe explains that 70 percent of our immune system is located in the gut—when it’s under attack, our health suffers. In leaky gut syndrome, a number of factors—including insufficient exposure to“dirt”—leads to the breakdown of the intestinal wall, allowing food, bacteria, and toxins to seep into the bloodstream.
In Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe reveals that the solution, while counterintuitive, is almost effortless: we just need to welcome a little more “dirt” back into our lives. From ditching hand sanitizers, using essential oils for personal products, reducing antibiotic use, and consuming local honey to spending more time outside, eating seasonally, managing stress, and incorporating probiotic-rich foods into our diets, Dr. Axe provides specific guidance to help everyone get a little “dirty.”
OK, let me get this right off first. Dr. Josh Axe, the author of Eat Dirt, is NOT really telling you to go out and eat dirt literally. So don't look at the title and think he's off his chart. In reality, Eat Dirt is a very thorough and informative book on why your gastrointestinal, aka "gut" issues have caused health problems, many auto-immune diseases that may not even have anything to do with your gut, seemingly. Eat Dirt also provides conducive approaches to help improve your gut issues, in turn boosting your immunity and energy level, and subsequently improving your health.
Eat Dirt starts off with the what and why first, and then jump into the how. He includes a "leaky gut quiz", more like a questionnaire to help you figure out how you fare in that area, in the very first chapter. Then it goes into the factors on why you're suffering from a leaky gut, what factors contribute to gut health and finally how to heal your specific gut type. His explanations are easy and constructive, with charts and graphs that are just as that. From a chart on "Gluten hiding in plain sight" to medications that deplete certain nutrients from your body, Dr. Axe doesn't just share a hypothesis or theories, he's providing a nutritional wealth of information. It is certain to have a healthy effect on you, back by scientific researches, patient experiences and additional medical professional resources. Personally, I love the last chapter of sample recipes for a specific gut type.
There's a lot to absorb in this book, and I can say I'm quite engross in it. This is a book I believe can be a significant resource in turning your health around. And I'm starting to incorporate some of his advice into my daily life, starting with some recipes and whole fresh produce.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book through TLC Book Tours for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
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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 www.draxe.com, 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.