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Eat Dirt

Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It
Written by: Josh Axe
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 percent 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: 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 30 days. With a simple diet plan, recipes, and practical advice, Eat Dirt will help listeners restore gut health and eliminate leaky gut for good.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Dr. Josh Axe (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Enlightening Read!

I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for an informative, holistic, no-nonsense book about health then give this a listen! I've struggled with many skin and digestive issues for years and after incorporating a lot of what is described in Eat Dirt, I am healing in a way that I was losing hope was possible. This book gives great advice and steps on how you can take charge of your own health and life through more traditional methods such as eating locally grown food (like from your own vegetable garden), walking in nature, consuming only whole foods with minimal processing, etc. I've definitely heard a lot of this information before, but there are some surprises and the way it's all laid out is great! I think this book provides a solid foundation for how you can achieve optimal health in a world where that can sometimes seem impossible.

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  • Tim
  • 2018-09-19

Highly informative

If you’re looking for answers to stomach problems, this is the book to read. Lots of info to help your Gastro issues. #Audible1

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Controverial truths

Great book listen that got me to also get the hard copy to access the long list of references. Impossible, and illegal to take notes while I drive. I have adapted some of the learning to my own food intake. #Audible1

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  • AMD
  • 2018-07-07

Excellent Read

The immense amount of knowledge that you can gain from this book is incredible. If it wasn't for the captivating content however, the voice would make me sleepy.

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  • baja man
  • 2016-04-08

Give you doctor this book....

Where does Eat Dirt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an important book that will help people dial in the root issue with what ails them

What did you like best about this story?

The clarity

What about Eric Martin’s performance did you like?

The fact that his delivery does not detract from the imformation and he is easy on the ears

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really one moment, the whole book is must have information to fuction in today's world.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book to give to your doctor. More than anyone they need to know! Maybe they will begin to guide their patients to strategies to heal themselves.

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  • grinch
  • 2017-01-18

High recommend to all especially above 40

I implemented some of it and started seeing positive results, I highly recommend to all. It will change your view about fast food and other processed foods.

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  • Kathleen McGervey
  • 2017-02-21

Good book. This version does not have recipes.

I'm going to try this program. I recommend purchasing in another format. The Audible version is missing over 100 recipes.

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  • Jason Swokins
  • 2017-12-02

love the content, but repetitive

the content was great. I feel like I have tools to begin thinking differently about my lifestyle. however, I feel like the author was repetitive; mentioning various facts on the same subject in different parts throughout the book.

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  • elizabeth rodriguez
  • 2016-09-27

love this book

I'm very happy to have this great book, it is an easy to follow hand book for health. I learned so much and the matter of how easy it is to order your own test to find out different condition, is priceless. Thank you Dr.Axe for making a big difference in so many lives. 😊

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  • 2016-07-03

Life Giving information!

Once I got used to the reader's voice, the information given is life altering literally. For the better, that is. Simple to follow instructions and recipes to download (PDF or Open Source). I will listen to this a few more times. Hope for the almost hopeless.

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  • Darci S
  • 2016-11-30

You are now entering the Eat Dirt Zone

I listen to a lot of Dr. Axe's talks online. I've learned a lot from him. But in this book I feel things were repetitive. I kept looking at my phone thinking maybe I had accidentally gone back to a different chapter. The narrator has a wonderful voice for twilight zone narration but it seemed overly sinister for nutrition book. Every time he said dirt his voice would go really low and I felt like there should be shrill Organ cord or a "duh duh duh...". His mispronunciation of so many words like ashwaganda, candida (not Canada) showed a lack of of preparation on his part. Also a lack of oversight on Dr. Axe's part. I wonder how many times they said eat dirt in this book. I got a little old even though I felt like a permission overall was good.

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  • jeanna doyle
  • 2016-04-07

Best health book ever!!!

This book was both informative and interesting, well researched with practical easy to follow steps and inspiring stories.
I recommend this book for anyone who eats food.
Seriously there is a wealth of information for everyone in this book.

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  • ric
  • 2016-10-25

Must read for everyone!

Over the years I have slowly gotten cleaner and cleaner in my family is eating, cleaning, and self-care. This book sums up all of the things that I have learned about and goes in depth so that one can thoroughly understand the science and ideology behind these core health practices.absolutely love this book, and I have recommended it to a few friends two of which have already told me they love it!

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  • Anthony Torres
  • 2016-04-06

A book EVERYONE must read!

Everyone has symptoms of something in our imperfect bodies, but this book takes you to a whole foods meal plan and explains why we should avoid certain foods to have optimal health!

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