Eat Dirt: Is Leaky Gut The Root Cause Of Your Health Problems? – Book Review

Eat Dirt

Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe – Book Review

For years I’ve been hearing the term “leaky gut” bandied about but I never quite understood what it meant or if it was something I needed to be concerned with. As it turns out, not only is leaky gut something that I need to be concerned with – it’s something you probably need to be concerned with too!

In his ground-breaking book Eat Dirt, Dr. Josh Axe discusses why leaky gut may be the root cause of many of our health problems and provides five surprising steps to help us cure it!

To begin with, let’s discuss exactly what a leaky gut is.

When you are healthy, the walls of your intestines are slightly permeable, allowing only the minerals and vitamins from the foods you eat to pass into your bloodstream. However, as leaky gut syndrome develops, the pores in your intestine widen, causing undigested food particles, gluten, casein and toxins that would normally remain inside your intestines to make their way inside of your bloodstream.

When this happens, your body treats the foreign items in your bloodstream as invaders and causes your body and immune system to react. As a result, you develop allergies and systematic inflammation and organs throughout your body – including your thyroid, brain and adrenal glands – are impacted.

Since 70 percent of our immune system is located in our gut, Dr. Axe says that when our gut is under attack, our health suffers. In Eat Dirt. Dr. Axe explores the reasons why leaky gut syndrome is on the rise, explains the hidden causes and widespread effects of leaky gut syndrome, and provides specific steps we can take to improve the health of our gut!

Eat Dirt is an easy to read book that is filled with lots of practical suggestions, solutions, and recipes to help you regain control of your health.

This is an invaluable reference book to add to your health resource library.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Video: Eat Dirt Book Trailer

About Dr. Josh Axe

Dr Josh Axe

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) who earned his doctorate in chiropractic at Palmer College (DC) and is also a certified nutrition specialist (CNS) from the American College of Nutrition. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Chelsea.


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15 Responses to “Eat Dirt: Is Leaky Gut The Root Cause Of Your Health Problems? – Book Review”

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  1. Thanks for a great review. I have heard of leaky gut but that some doctor believe it is a real thing and others don’t.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Yes, you are correct – just like many cutting edge things, there are traditionally trained doctors who don’t want to accept cutting edge medical discoveries – in spite of the proof that things work – because they were not trained in it.

      However, as someone who is dealing with chronic health issues, I have found that you really have to do your own research when it comes to your health (and doctors!) I am blessed to have an integrative doctor/nutritionist who is knowledgeable about these things!

  2. This one is on my to read list! (I have just finished Kelly Brogans ” A mind of your own” and have a book review coming up on that soon.
    Since it got a 5 out of 5 stars I am looking forward to reading Dr Josh AXE’s book next! thanks x

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Awesome Jade – I reviewed A Mind Of Your Own as well and would love to read your thoughts on that and Eat Dirt as well!
      I host The Book Nook at Create With Joy – a month-long Book Party where you can share your reviews and other literary posts.
      Please join us (and leave a comment so I can stop by!) 🙂

  3. Teresa says:

    My son and I were just talking about “gut” problems yesterday. What timing! This looks like a very interesting book. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. I think this book is one my mom would really benefit from – I’m definitely going to pick up a copy for her!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  5. I loved this book! I’ve been dealing with leaky gut for years and I’ve found Eat Dirt to be one of the best books I’ve read on the subject. I love how he breaks it down into the five different types. It makes things so much easier to process as you see your symptoms improving.

  6. I have just started to follow Dr. Axe regarding eating plant based foods to stop cancer cells from growing.

    Thanks for the review.

  7. trish says:

    Wow! 70 percent of our immune system is located in our gut?! That’s pretty amazing, and really explains a lot!

  8. This is such valuable advice.Thanks for sharing Eat Dirt: Is Leaky Gut The Root Cause Of Your Health Problems? – Book Review on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

  9. Claudia
    Twitter: Imagesbycw

    Kind of sounds like the book I read ’10 Reasons you feel old and get fat…’ by Dr. Lipman. Since reading it I am working on my diet even more. And I will have to find a new doctor in natural medicine…

  10. Alison says:

    So glad you liked the book, I just bought it a few days ago!

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