Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
Everywhere we go we see hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps claiming to kill off 99.9% of the germs we could potentially come in contact with and stating that they will help keep us safe. But have we as a society gotten so obsessed with being anti-germ that we’ve gone too far? Dr. Josh Axe has written Eat Dirt to help show us that instead of running away from germs and dirt we need to be embracing the dirt and getting it back into our lives. By exposing ourselves to small amounts of local dirt and micro-organisms, we allow our body to build up the good bacteria which then helps it to naturally fight off the bad. Our chronic use of antibacterial items and running to medications for every ailment have caused our bodies to be depleted of the naturally healthy bacteria and have left us with the inability to naturally fight off the bad.
Dr. Axe has found that many people are suffering from leaky gut, a condition that can explain a great deal of the medical issues we are fighting today: allergies, obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid issues, skin conditions, etc. Eat Dirt is filled with information from many studies and journal articles where several doctors agree that we need to get “dirty” in order to help bring balance back to our gut.
Dr. Axe continues by explaining the Eat Dirt Program, showing how we can heal our guts and begin to get control of our health again. By removing the wrong foods and toxins from our lives and replacing them with the right kinds of foods and bacteria, we can restore our bodies back to the way they were designed to function. He shows us the different gut types and what we need to be eating for those types. Be prepared, though! Many of the foods he mentions are going to sound odd or unappealing to most people because they are contrary to what we’re used to eating. Dr. Axe suggests adding in fermented foods (like kefir, organic yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi) and sprouted foods. I have to admit to being turned off to a lot of these items as I was reading…I’ve smelled and tasted many of these and just can’t see myself adding them to my daily diet! However, he addresses this at one point, stating that many of us might find these items distasteful at first because we’ve programmed our taste buds for so many years to only like things that are sweet and filled with chemicals and preservatives. But, he says, after detoxing and removing those bad-for-you items, the fermented foods have a different, more pleasant taste.
I was really excited to read this book. I’ve read several books lately on detoxing and healing the gut, so I was intrigued to see what Dr. Axe has to say on the subject. I did feel that he was quite repetitive in the explanation section…saying the same thing over and over in several different chapters. But once you get past that and into the meat of the book, where he explains the Eat Dirt Program, it really becomes enjoyable reading. He lays out the Program very well, so that it’s easy to follow and incorporate into a person’s life. It will take planning, but all good diets will! If you suspect you’ve got “gut issues” and are looking for solutions, reading through Eat Dirt would be a great place to start!
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper Wave. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.