In his book with such an engaging title, Eat Dirt,Dr. Axe proves how over 75% of us, have a litany of ailments, including chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and even arthritis caused by leaky gut syndrome.
In the plant world, Soil‐based organisms SBOs help plants grow. Without their protection, otherwise healthy plants become malnourished and are susceptible to disease or contamination by fungi, yeasts, molds and candida. Just as plants grow best in healthy soil teeming with highly active microorganisms, we, too, need these organisms to live a long, healthy life. SBOs have been linked to treating conditions like allergies, asthma, IBS, ulcerative colitis, flatulence, nausea, indigestion, malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and bacterial, fungal and viral infections. SBOs also help regulate the immune system and naturally reduce inflammation in the gut and throughout the entire body.
To maintain good health, our gut relies on trillions of microorganisms that come together in symbiotic relationship. Modern improvements to our food supply – including refrigeration, sanitation, and modified grains have damaged this relationship causing serious health problems that manifest within our intestinal walls in a condition known as leaky gut syndrome.
The book identifies the five main types of leaky gut syndrome: candida, stressed, (my leaky gut of choice), inmmune, gastic, & toxic and offers customizable plans for diagnosing and treating each gut-type with diet, lifestyle, and supplementation. In order to start eating dirt, start with don’t sanitize your food, eat probiotic foods, consume raw honey and bee pollen, get a dog (I’m not so sure about this one), swim in the ocean, get grounded, and eat dirt- literally.