“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates.
Dr. Josh Axe is an unbeatable and increasingly omnipresent doctor, healer, author and certified nutritionist. Her works with superhuman folks like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. He’s a regular on all my favorite health podcasts, THE go-to health expert on the Dr. Oz show, and an educator of over 6,000,000 health seekers who visit his website monthly. He’s doing something right.
If you’re like me — and always hunting down the best ways to up your health, wellness, beauty and energy — while simultaneously putting to rest all ailments, autoimmune issues and digestive fights — then you better get familiar with this man. Dr. Axe’s brain holds a voluminous amount of information up in there. All I need is an app to do a copy paste into mine.
Here are his words on how eating dirt will enhance the productivity of our entire body. Head, toes and everything in between.
Now – read this, go get his new book, and eat dirt.
Is eating dirt part of your diet? Before you get a bad taste in your mouth, consider this: If you were to take away the water in our bodies, you’d be left with mostly dirt. It’s true.
We’re made of 60 of the most abundant elements in the Earth’s crust, an amalgam of its elements, including oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus, with traces of potassium, sulfur, sodium, iron and magnesium. All of these elements come together to make a living, breathing human being.
Now, when I say “eat dirt,” I’m not ordering you to actually scoop up a handful of soil and eat it. (Well, not exactly.) True, ensuring you get daily micro-exposures to soil-based organisms in dirt and other plant life is important for your health. But I urge you to embrace the idea of “eating dirt” as a broader philosophy, an overarching principle I teach my patients when I talk to them about how to heal leaky gut syndrome and feel better again.
The Health Benefits of Eating Dirt
Soil‐based organisms (SBOs) support gut health and immune response. Why, exactly? In the plant world, SBOs help plants grow. Without their protection, otherwise healthy plants become malnourished. They become susceptible to disease or contamination by fungi, yeasts, molds and candida. Just as plants grow best in healthy soil teeming with highly active microorganisms, you, too, need these organisms to live a long, healthy life.
More than 800 studies exist in scientific literature that reference soil‐based organisms. Their common denominator is that they link SBOs to successfully treating a wide variety of health conditions, including: