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

Four Months at IIN

Four Months at IIN

Since graduating high school in 2014 I haven’t done much to further my education. Instead, I took the time to focus on my health and to work on healing. Its been almost four years since I finished school, so it feels like a good time to dip my toes back into the school scene. I decided to enroll in IIN or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

What is IIN?
IIN is an online school that provides its students with a certification in health coaching. The content is very holistic and offers a lot of great information on many health-related topics. They teach about over 100 different diets as well as digestion, exercise, lifestyle, emotions, relationships, and also include guidance in the vocational, business side of coaching.

They have been around for over 20 years and have produced many great professionals such as the creator of Purely Elizabeth granola and even my own Functional Medicine Dr.

What is the commitment level?
It can be taken as a part-time course alongside other college classes and/or work. I find it to be pretty common sense information while being interesting and new at the same time. On average it is about a 5 to 8 hour a week workload.

Why have I enrolled?
Just after I graduated, when I was at my sickest, and just getting into learning how to care for my body myself holistically, a friend of mine was enrolled here at IIN and told me all about it. I was very interested and keep them in the back of my mind (and email inbox) for the future. When I saw that they were having a little deal on tuition this fall I thought it would be the perfect time to enroll. I’d been feeling slightly fidgety with where my life was at… or rather wasn’t at, and was ready for something new, but not overwhelming. I am taking this as an opportunity to learn more about health and wellness to continue my healing journey as well as help my family and friends on theirs.

Over the years I have known many people, friends, family, and acquaintances, who have dealt with similar digestive issues as I have. I find it fascinating listening to their story and what has worked for them. I also enjoy offering advice when I can. I’d love the opportunity to help more people in similar situations.

I also hope to grow my confidence to share healthy living tips here and write about topics a bit more serious than makeup. Don’t get me wrong! I do love makeup very much and will not be cutting it out of my posts, but I’d love to offer help to others virtually via my blog.

Have you taken any courses like what IIN offers? How did it go? To get in the spirit of health coaching comment one area of your life that you would like to improve.

~ Lizzie

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