Thursday, April 7, 2016

Book Review: Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe

Title: Eat Dirt
Date Published: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Harper Wave
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: TLC Book Tours


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. 

This year for me was all about getting control of my diet and overall health. And I have been truly lucky to have read some excellent books along the way. This one gets added to that list.

I had heard of 'leaky gut' but had no idea what it meant. And after reading what Dr. Josh had to say, it makes perfect sense. He explains how, by trying to make our food safer for consumption we are removing essential items that our body needs in order to maintain proper health and function. 

After reading this book (and I am sure I will go back and re-read it) I started to think about myself, my husband and many of my other friends and family who have some of the symptoms discussed. And I realized that I may suffer from leaky gut syndrome. Even though I have tried to alter my diet, I don't believe I have done so enough. With Dr. Josh's help I now know some things I can do to change my eating pattern and incorporate new items that will alleviate some of the issues. And there are other important changes to make as well.

I would highly recommend this book if you are looking to reclaim your health, and get your body working the way it was meant to. 

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.


  1. I've been looking into leaky gut myself recently. I will add this book to my research list!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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