I have known that gut health is important for quite a few years now. I have done research, read books, spent a lot of time on the internet trying to understand the ins and outs of it all and finally went to school for it. I learned so much in my schooling that made me KNOW I could be healthy. I wanted to share some of the books that pushed me along in my natural health journey.

There are three books I have read that were so incredibly eye-opening, I couldn't wait to tell everybody around me. They weren't as excited as I was but that's okay. The first one is by Natasha Campbell McBride, M.D., Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It shows the science behind the gut being the "second brain". The link between mental health and gut health is astounding and very real. Case studies showed people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and even autism being completely set free by changing their diet!

The second book is Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan, M.D. This books is science all the way but written in a way most of us can understand. It was captivating to me. It tells how even our DNA can be repaired by eating well. Repaired DNA means passing down healthy DNA to the next generation.

The third book, which is the one I'm reading now, is one I inherited in an estate I settled. I brought it home and put it on my bookshelf. That was three years ago! I started reading it two days ago and I have had a hard time putting it down. It's called Patient Heal Thyself by Jordan S. Rubin, NMD, CNC. This is his story of developing Crohn's Disease and becoming so malnourished that no one was sure he would live. But he did and he's thriving because somebody told him to eat dirt! Dirt full of microorganisms that healed his gut and turned his life around. It's not as gross as it sounds.

As it happens, Dr. Rubin also wrote the Maker's Diet. I bought that book at a thrift store several months ago. I had no idea they were written by the same person. I bought it to see what the basis of the diet was. Turns out, it's based on eating like our ancestors which I fully believe, support and strive to do. It is also based on Biblical principles. That's a clincher in my book. Kind of feels like a "meant to be" moment to me.

I've been working to balance my pH and have been contemplating doing a detox. My pH is in a very acidic stress pattern and detoxing is stressful on the body so I wanted to be careful. I decided to look at Dr. Rubin's products on his website and found one called Raw Organic Perfect Food Alkalizer & Detoxifier. Eureka! I added the first scoop to my kefir smoothie tonight. I'm excited to see how this works and how it makes me feel.

Watch for a follow-up post. Hopefully, good things are about to happen!