Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Josh AxeNational Bestseller
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.
What?!?! You eat soil!
They loved it. Old mate Hippocrates, the 4th century BC Greek physician widely considered the great-grandfather of medicine, was the first to record the phenomenon, writing "if a pregnant woman feels the desire to eat earth or charcoal and then eats them, the child will show signs of these things. Across the millennia, geophagy has been most commonly linked to pica: the urge to consume non-nutritive substances. In line with Hippocrates' observations, pica is most commonly experienced by pregnant women or people with dietary deficits. But dirt eating has also long been tied to a bunch of other health benefits. A few centuries after Hippocrates called it, he was backed up by science writer Gaius Plinius Secundus sometime between 23 and 79 AD. Used in an enema it arrests diarrhoea, and taken through the mouth
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Geophagia, the practice of eating dirt, has existed all over the world throughout history. People who have pica , an eating disorder in which they crave and eat nonfood items, often consume dirt. Some people who are anemic also eat dirt, as do some pregnant women worldwide. In fact, many pregnant women often crave dirt, possibly because of the potential protection dirt can provide against some toxins and parasites, according to research. Eating dirt, especially over a long period of time, can increase risk for a number of problems, including:. If you have pica, an eating disorder in which you crave a variety of nonfood items, you may have the urge to eat dirt.
It melts in your mouth like chocolate, says Ruth Anne T. Joiner, describing her favorite treat. Joiner is describing the delectable taste of dirt -- specifically, clay from the region around her home in Montezuma, Ga. While most people would recoil at the thought of eating mud or clay, some medical experts say it may be beneficial, especially for pregnant women. The habit of eating clay, mud or dirt is known as geophagy. Some experts lump it into the same category as pica, which is the abnormal urge to eat coins, paint, soap or other non-food items. Cultures worldwide have practiced geophagy for centuries, from the ancient Greeks to Native Americans.