Instaread Summary of Eat Dirt Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe
Four out of five stars
To understand this summary and the book that it is describing, it is essential that the reader understand what the phrase “leaky gut” refers to. The cells that line the interior walls of the intestines have junctions where the cell walls come together. In a healthy gut, these junctions form tight seals, preventing bacteria and other toxins from leaking into the body. As my biology professor pointed out many times, matter in the intestines is technically not in the body, we are a significantly twisted donut. Leaky gut is when those junctions become permeable, and can be the cause of a wide variety of illnesses.
The point of the book is one that has received a great deal of recent scientific scrutiny and analysis, that the proper personal microbiome is essential for the person to remain healthy. The title of the book is taken literally, the point is that it is healthy for a person to have intimate contact with the microbes found in dirt. One proposed solution is that a little less care should be taken when washing items such as carrots. The ingestion of a little dirt with your carrots or potatoes is likely a good thing.
This summary is a solid explanation of this area of medicine that is both old and on the cutting edge. It is claimed that gluten and sugar, generally processed foods, are the two primary causes of the current epidemic of leaky gut. Bone broth is touted as an effective cure for a leaky gut. On a personal note, when I was young my grandparents were strong proponents of bone broth as a cure for illness. As is necessary in our litigious society, there are disclaimers regarding the efficacy of what Axe argues.
Given that the proposed “cures” will do no harm in moderation and are otherwise healthy, this summary could and should convince some sufferers that there is a chance that they will be able to recover from their intestinal afflictions.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.