Eat Dirt
National 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.

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  • Lynda
    Jun 16, 2017


    If YOU don't think you have leaky gut syndrome, think again. Or you may have a friend, a family member, a colleague or a neighbor who is suffering from various ailments, low-energy, gastrointestinal issues, inexplicable fatigue, or their children (or your children) are having behaviora...

  • Kerry
    Jun 6, 2017


    I cannot tell enough people about this book. After suffering the loss of my Dad, I was struggling with energy, depression, lack of motivation to cook meals and just overall sluggishness, and gut issues. After hearing about Dr. Axe's mother and her same issues I was dumbfounded by how c...

  • Lisa
    May 12, 2017


    I have read other books that discuss the close links between digestion and health, but this one does the best job of explaining the why behind the issues, and finds a good balance between too scientific and too simplistic. I also appreciate the fact that he presents the variety of pote...

  • Lesley Looper
    May 5, 2017

    Lesley Looper

    This book took a long time for me to finish. Much of it was familiar, but it was good to get some reminders. ...

  • Lacey
    Feb 27, 2017


    Eat Dirt offers a much needed perspective on the over sanitation, use of medications, and general lack of true living that plagues much of modern society. I found this book to be enlightening and personalized, which is difficult to achieve. While I whole heartedly agree with most of wh...

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    Feb 20, 2017

    Melissa Crytzer Fry

    -- UPDATE (6/6/17)!! After following the "candida gut" diet for three months... guess what? No more pre-diabetes (I've been lighter in weight before, exercised more and my A1C never came down, but this time it did)! My cholesterol also is vastly improved; my inflammatory markers are al...

  • Ned
    Feb 20, 2017


    The book has good insights and recommendation in the first several chapters but after that I could see that there is plenty borrowed from the Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of going over the test and getting results that you have in various percentages any of the 5 gut types, it...

  • Lisa
    Feb 17, 2017


    I've been told that I have leaky gut through a process of elimination and my current symptoms, so I decided to read this book about leaky gut. Eat Dirt contains a lot of information that makes sense to me. I look forward to trying what's proposed in the book to help me heal.... I'm a b...

  • Cindy
    Jan 27, 2017


    This book is mostly the principles I *try* to follow in my eating habits. We all get off track and that's why I decided to read it. There is some great information in here about certain gut microbes for specific things. If you feel your gut is not functioning well (bloat, low energy, c...

  • Zee Monodee
    Dec 30, 2016

    Zee Monodee

    There are some very good tips here (get exposed to dirt/earth, soak in sea water if you can, that sort of thing), but on the whole, the full concept of what the author wants the reader to follow sounds rather utopian. Not only are all the supplements and probiotics he recommends probab...