In his book 'Eat Dirt', Dr. Josh Axe addresses the issue of what he refers to as 'Leaky Gut'. He points to 'Leaky Gut' as the root cause for the rising number of people suffering with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and other IBDs (Irritable Bowel Diseases) across North America.
Did you know that we are made up of dirt?, if you took away all the water in our bodies, you would be left with the same elements that are found in the Earth's crust; essentially dirt.
It is believed that 80% of the population struggles with digestive issues on a daily basis, and if you are one of these people, I recommend you read this book. Dr. Axe illustrates the complex interactions going on in our digestive system when we breakdown food and he explains the effect our food choices have on our gut microbiome. His main premise is to alert the general public about the importance of soil based organisms (SBOs) to our gut health as well as our immune systems. Dr.Axe points to over sanitation as one of the root causes for the lack of vitamins and minerals in our diets. Also, the way we farm has greatly depleted the good bacteria and minerals from the soil in which our food is grown, making it even harder to get the nutrients we need from our food supply.
Dr. Axe breaks leaky gut down further into 5 main gut types: Candida gut, Stressed gut, Immune gut, Gastric gut and Toxic gut. Dr. Axe includes a chapter on each specific gut type allowing the reader to better understand the root problems of their dysfunction and how to remedy them.
Some main takeaways from his book: