5 Great Books For Gut Health

5 Great Books For Gut Health

Gut health has been a big topic of research for me over the past 5 years, give or take. I have read many blog posts, articles, and books, as well as listened to many webinars, podcasts, and YouTube videos on the topic. I even enrolled in a nutrition school to learn more about digestive health. It is something that I find very interesting to learn about, and I feel that it is something everyone should be aware of. The gut is essentially the core of your immune system and most of the “mechanics” and wellbeing of your entire body. These are my top picks to kick start a gut health library:

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Often referred to as “the yellow book”, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book on the GAPS Diet is incredibly detailed and science-based. She was inspired to write her book after successfully treating her own son’s Autism with a modified version of the SCD (Simple Carbohydrate) Diet. In this book, she covers a vast number of gut health-related topics including elimination diets for little ones, for pregnancy or breastfeeding, and for your average Joe. The importance of being aware of environmental chemicals is a topic covered thoroughly in this GAPS book. Dr. Natasha recommends a number of ways to detox, from supplements to baths, and even just enjoying some sunshine. She talks about staying away from pesticides and herbicides and she even discusses how to go about a safer vaccination protocol. There are a number of simple recipes to experiment with. They are written in such a way that the ingredients can easily be adjusted based on one’s food sensitivities as well as what you happen to have in your pantry. I really love her bread recipe! It’s great with some bananas added!

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook

This is a wonderful cookbook to have on hand as you go through the GAPS Diet. The recipes are categorized by each stage of the elimination diet, and there are lots of notes for substitutions or alterations depending on dietary restrictions or what phase of the diet you are working on. To start, there are lots of yummy soup and broth recipes, gradually building toward steaks, burgers and even a few sweet treats in later sections.

Eat Dirt

I have been a massive fan of Dr. Axe since the beginning of my gut healing journey. He has incredible articles on his website. I highly recommend you use the search box on his website as though it were Google. Search anything holistic health related! You can also find very high-quality supplements and essential oils. This book is an extension of all of that that I like to have on hand to refer to quickly. When reading this book for the first time, what really struck me was the list of illnesses and diseases that likely have leaky gut as the main cause. It was the first time I had seen such a long list of diagnoses that were linked to poor gut health. It made me think of many friends and family members that were diagnosed with one thing or another. All of those were on this list, and it made me so sad that this was such a foreign concept to so many people.

The Primal Kitchen Cookbook

This book doesn’t give much information on gut health, but it is full of amazing Paleo recipes. It would also be very easy to use for GAPS and Keto diets too. The Primal Kitchen brand is full of many yummy Paleo condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and salad dressings.

Practical Paleo

The first half of this book is organized by food groups explaining the benefits of eating Paleo. When I first read it I was blown away by how easily the food pyramid that we are taught throughout school could be debunked. This was my first proper explanation of the nutritional science behind a “gut supporting” diet and I was in awe. Diane makes Paleo practices so easy to understand. To make life easier, included in the book are shopping guides… finding the best quality meats, understanding what the little stickers on fruits and vegetables mean, and which flours and oils to keep on hand. There are also 30-day meal plans for specific health concerns such as diabetes, IBS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc. I believe the new version of the book has added a section for Autism. The back half of the book is full of delicious Paleo and AIP (Auto-Immune Paleo) recipes with plenty of notes to make the necessary modifications.

There are soooo many great books about gut health. These are five that I have really enjoyed, but I have so many more on my gut health shelves and  “to read” list. What books would you recommend to someone just getting into gut health?  

 -Lizzie

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds | Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds | Recipe

Where we live all of the neighbor kids carve pumpkins, place them in the small woods between our homes, and we all enjoy a little pumpkin walk after sunset. At 21 I still count as a little kid right? I love doing anything artsy so I always contribute a pumpkin or two. This year I carved Twisty The Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show and a long screaming face on my second pumpkin. I always like to save the seeds and roast them. This year I decided to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon and flavor my roasted seeds that way. I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest, as inspiration. I made some modifications to suit what I wanted to make and what I had on hand. Feel free to do the same with my version of this recipe!

 

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Let's turn our pumpkin carving scraps to trendy pumpkin spice sweet treats!

Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Filtered Water (for overnight soaking
  • 2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds (mine came fresh from 2 large pumpkins)
  • 3 TBSP Healthy Oil (I used 1 TBSP Ghee and 2 TBSP Coconut Oil)
  • 2 TBSP Maple Syrup (or another natural sweetener, like honey)
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice Blend (heaping tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • pinch Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Enjoy the autumnal, Halloween activity of cleaning out and carving pumpkins! Save the scraps.

  2. Separate seeds from the pulp.

  3. Rinse seeds in a colander.

  4. Put seeds in a glass bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak overnight to release enzyme inhibitors.

  5. Drain seed in a colander.

  6. Place seeds on baking sheet and dry out in the oven at about 200℉ for 45 - 60 minutes or until they feel dry and are just barely turning golden. 

  7. Melt ghee and coconut oil together.

  8. In a mixing bowl, mix seeds, melted oil, maple syrup, spices, and salt.

  9. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet.

  10. Bake at 250℉ for 40-50 min or until golden.

 

Specific products I used:

Ghee made from this butter

Coconut Oil

Maple Syrup

Spice Blend

Cinnamon

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

 

Please feel free to take creative liberty and make any changes that sound good to you. Share what works in the comments.

If you are impatient you can skip the overnight soaking and low temp baking to dehydrate (steps 4, 5, and 6). If you do have the time, do those steps. Releasing the enzyme inhibitors by soaking them makes it so much easier to digest any nuts or seeds.

You don’t have to use a fresh pumpkin, but I recommend it purely for the fun of having a carved pumpkin for festive decoration.

Let me know how it goes, and share any modifications in the comments.

~Liz

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