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A renowned physician shares her complete 10-day digestive tune-up for women, with important revelations about good gastrointestinal health.    Many so-called cures for women’s bloating and indigestion, from juice cleanses to specialty diets, are based on junk science. For women seeking true relief from that overall feeling of discomfort in any size jeans, Dr. Robynne Chutkan A renowned physician shares her complete 10-day digestive tune-up for women, with important revelations about good gastrointestinal health.    Many so-called cures for women’s bloating and indigestion, from juice cleanses to specialty diets, are based on junk science. For women seeking true relief from that overall feeling of discomfort in any size jeans, Dr. Robynne Chutkan has the perfect plan for feeling light, tight, and bright in ten days. Gutbliss offers: A primer on the real reasons for gastrointestinal distress, and why it’s much more common in women A look at the debilitating side effects of supposedly healthy habits—from Greek yogurt to bloat-inducing aspirin An expert analysis of symptoms that could indicate a serious underlying condition An indispensable checklist to pinpoint the exact cause of your bloating Just a few small changes in diet, lifestyle, and exercise can make a huge difference in a woman’s digestive health, but the changes have to be the right ones. Going beyond the basics of top sellers such as Wheat Belly, Dr. Chutkan’s Gutbliss empowers women to take control of their gastrointestinal wellness.


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A renowned physician shares her complete 10-day digestive tune-up for women, with important revelations about good gastrointestinal health.    Many so-called cures for women’s bloating and indigestion, from juice cleanses to specialty diets, are based on junk science. For women seeking true relief from that overall feeling of discomfort in any size jeans, Dr. Robynne Chutkan A renowned physician shares her complete 10-day digestive tune-up for women, with important revelations about good gastrointestinal health.    Many so-called cures for women’s bloating and indigestion, from juice cleanses to specialty diets, are based on junk science. For women seeking true relief from that overall feeling of discomfort in any size jeans, Dr. Robynne Chutkan has the perfect plan for feeling light, tight, and bright in ten days. Gutbliss offers: A primer on the real reasons for gastrointestinal distress, and why it’s much more common in women A look at the debilitating side effects of supposedly healthy habits—from Greek yogurt to bloat-inducing aspirin An expert analysis of symptoms that could indicate a serious underlying condition An indispensable checklist to pinpoint the exact cause of your bloating Just a few small changes in diet, lifestyle, and exercise can make a huge difference in a woman’s digestive health, but the changes have to be the right ones. Going beyond the basics of top sellers such as Wheat Belly, Dr. Chutkan’s Gutbliss empowers women to take control of their gastrointestinal wellness.

30 review for Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Well, I found a few things interesting in this book. But unless I want to cut out soy, artificial sweeteners (already avoid these), dairy, gluten, alcohol, and sugar, I can't follow her plan. All of those things at once? I'm not sure what you eat. And if you know me, you know I think gluten free is BS anyway. I learned a few things from this book, mainly that I need to eat even more fiber and that I'd like to eat more dark leafy greens. Otherwise, I'm not sure how helpful the book was, aside fro Well, I found a few things interesting in this book. But unless I want to cut out soy, artificial sweeteners (already avoid these), dairy, gluten, alcohol, and sugar, I can't follow her plan. All of those things at once? I'm not sure what you eat. And if you know me, you know I think gluten free is BS anyway. I learned a few things from this book, mainly that I need to eat even more fiber and that I'd like to eat more dark leafy greens. Otherwise, I'm not sure how helpful the book was, aside from making me feel like I needed to consult my own doctor to figure things out. And for convincing me I have some sort of disorder. Read it if you're interested?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Excellent on explanation of anatomy and physiology. Also, excellent advice for several hard-to-talk-about, but very annoying problems. Her tone is conversational and reassuring. I learned quite a lot about the GI system. I think she did herself a diservice putting the "10 Day Plan" on the cover. Made it sound like a diet book; it is so much more than that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I had absolutely no idea I found the gut, intestines, and such so fascinating. Dr. Chutkan is conversational and nice to her reader while explaining our digestive systems. She explains the pitfalls of consuming the usual suspects—sugar, booze, starchy carbs—in a concise & meaningful way. She has easy-to-use tips like: if you go out to eat try brunch or lunch over dinner so you have more active time to digest. She also includes more complex daily plans and recipes for someone interested in health I had absolutely no idea I found the gut, intestines, and such so fascinating. Dr. Chutkan is conversational and nice to her reader while explaining our digestive systems. She explains the pitfalls of consuming the usual suspects—sugar, booze, starchy carbs—in a concise & meaningful way. She has easy-to-use tips like: if you go out to eat try brunch or lunch over dinner so you have more active time to digest. She also includes more complex daily plans and recipes for someone interested in healthy eating. Having the 10 day plan as a subtitle on the cover makes it seem this is a diet book, but it truly is not. The 10 day plan is something Dr Chutkan uses herself when she wants to feel healthy. The book does provide a plan—great—but more importantly, it describes how your body and what it consumes functions. I, very unexpectedly to me, really liked this educational and scientific book with pragmatic suggestions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Georgianne

    I'm 61 years old, a vegan, 5'4" and 120lbs., eat a very healthy diet (but it does include soy & gluten!), and run between 3 and 7 miles every day (unless the weather is bad). Until my current ailment, I haven't been to a doctor in 15 years or more. Normally I can eat anything I want and except for a cold never get sick. But almost 7 weeks ago I developed really bad lower right abdominal pain and two weeks later started to seriously bloat. Agonizing, roll in agony, painful bloating which made the I'm 61 years old, a vegan, 5'4" and 120lbs., eat a very healthy diet (but it does include soy & gluten!), and run between 3 and 7 miles every day (unless the weather is bad). Until my current ailment, I haven't been to a doctor in 15 years or more. Normally I can eat anything I want and except for a cold never get sick. But almost 7 weeks ago I developed really bad lower right abdominal pain and two weeks later started to seriously bloat. Agonizing, roll in agony, painful bloating which made the original abdominal pain even worse. I gave up treating myself and went to my PCP who ordered a CT scan, which landed me at a gastroenterologist who said my gallbladder was huge and ordered an ultrasound and a colonoscopy, which also landed me at the gynecologist who ordered a sonogram. I read this book because I have not discovered what's up and didn't get a single suggestion by any of the doctors as to what to do about the pain or bloating. This book was the most helpful. I immediately added a tsp. of psyllium every morning, which got my bowels moving again and decreased the amount of bloating. I added a second "dose" of psyllium this afternoon so we'll see if that helps even further. The abdominal pain is still there, but for that I'm taking some antibacterial tincture I made. I'm not a believer in a gluten free diet -- and my husband makes some outrageously good bread. Besides bread, my husband also makes tofu and tempeh and natto. All soy. And I make seitan, which is all gluten. But if I need to cut back on gluten and/or soy for 10 days to give my stomach a rest, I guess I ought to. 10 days isn't that long. It always amazes me that people are unwilling to follow a diet if it will help their health. Anyway, for me, this book was more helpful than all the doctors I've seen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Gutbliss addresses how our gut effects our overall health and how what we eat effects our gut. She also discusses common problems of the digestive system and possible causes. I liked Dr. Chutkan's blended approach, considering both medical and natural solutions to problems. I picked this up on a search for a 10 day detox book by another author - because she had several quinoa recipes listed. Who doesn't need more quinoa recipes? I have been comparing both, and while both have good information, I Gutbliss addresses how our gut effects our overall health and how what we eat effects our gut. She also discusses common problems of the digestive system and possible causes. I liked Dr. Chutkan's blended approach, considering both medical and natural solutions to problems. I picked this up on a search for a 10 day detox book by another author - because she had several quinoa recipes listed. Who doesn't need more quinoa recipes? I have been comparing both, and while both have good information, I give Gutbliss much higher points for good recipes with reasonable ingredients. In the section on GMO's she has one of the best explanations about the possible long-term effects of GMO corn that I have ever read. This was a surprisingly easy read, considering the topic, although I think there are a few things about my digestive system I could have happily gone on living without knowing. I have tried a couple of the recipes, and they are good. Recommended if you have issues with your digestive system or are looking to eliminate wheat, soy, sugar, and/or dairy from your diet.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Some advice is sound, but some of the advice is, to me anyways, a little questionable. She recommends psyllium husk fibre so often I wonder if a brand paid her for it, and she's very much about going totally one way. NO alcohol, NO gluten No this or that... I'd be much more likely to take the advice of someone who promotes moderation... a little alcohol or gluten is not going to be the end of the world, and in other studies has proven somewhat beneficial. I'm always wary of people recommending a Some advice is sound, but some of the advice is, to me anyways, a little questionable. She recommends psyllium husk fibre so often I wonder if a brand paid her for it, and she's very much about going totally one way. NO alcohol, NO gluten No this or that... I'd be much more likely to take the advice of someone who promotes moderation... a little alcohol or gluten is not going to be the end of the world, and in other studies has proven somewhat beneficial. I'm always wary of people recommending a complete disregard for certain foods or groups... and the author definitely suggests completely cutting out some foods and because of that I remain skeptical.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zinny

    I really enjoyed this book. I have gastroparesis so I appreciated her addressing that so early in the book. It's not really a 10 day plan book. She has 22 chapters packed with scientific information and lifestyle coaching then the last chapter is basically explaining how to tie it all together and encourages you to try it for 10 days. Many things in her book I've heard before from doctors and other stomach health books but she had great insight, a more holistic approach than is the norm and a gr I really enjoyed this book. I have gastroparesis so I appreciated her addressing that so early in the book. It's not really a 10 day plan book. She has 22 chapters packed with scientific information and lifestyle coaching then the last chapter is basically explaining how to tie it all together and encourages you to try it for 10 days. Many things in her book I've heard before from doctors and other stomach health books but she had great insight, a more holistic approach than is the norm and a great way of saying things. It was a motivating book to eat better to feel better. I agree that diet is more important than people realize and her book was chock full of examples of good foods and meals for nourishing your body and poor ones that aggravated or caused disorders. This is a great book for any woman (or man) who wants to improve her digestion, have some background knowledge on stomach disorders (especially if you're seeing the typical gastroenterologist), or just learn about healthy habits. Edit: She does recommend cutting out certain foods that commonly cause stomach issues during the "10 day plan" (gluten, dairy, sugar which could indicate celiacs, lactose intolerance, or sugar addiction) but she says to reintroduce them slowly so you can see which foods trigger your symptoms. She says 80% adherence is normal as well- she never insists you need to cut standard foods from your diet forever. No ones perfect! I just wanted to mention that since so many reviewers are upset by her recommendations. Any allergist or dietician would say the same things

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    For years I've dealt with mild digestion problems that seem to amp up following the birth of child #3. Finally spoke to my doctor about it two years ago and she suggested an over the counter remedy to treat the symptoms. It helped, but all the while I'm wondering, "shouldn't I be addressing the problem instead of the symptoms?" I so wish I could see this doctor in person. She is relentless in finding the cause of a patient's problems which I really appreciate. Most doctors hand you a script, sen For years I've dealt with mild digestion problems that seem to amp up following the birth of child #3. Finally spoke to my doctor about it two years ago and she suggested an over the counter remedy to treat the symptoms. It helped, but all the while I'm wondering, "shouldn't I be addressing the problem instead of the symptoms?" I so wish I could see this doctor in person. She is relentless in finding the cause of a patient's problems which I really appreciate. Most doctors hand you a script, send you out the door, and wish you best of luck. Like many other reviewers mentioned, the title is misleading. The 10-day plan takes up very few pages near the end of the book. It should be titled: Gutbliss: every possible cause of bloating discussed at length. So, I'm going off the OTC med and following some of her suggestions. We'll see what happens . . .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This book helped me to resolve regularity issues I've been having. I have been taking fiber and probiotics for years, but still struggled. Chutkan had a section in her book that talked about good bathroom habits and the importance of listening to your body (rather than unconsciously ignoring and holding). It was unexpected that simply changing my bathroom habits could help that much. I also like her recipe section in the back. Her Red Velvet Smoothie recipe is really good!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann Bailey

    This book was absolutely amazing. I have read and researched a lot about this stuff but have never been so educated like this. This book was my wake up call that I need to start taking care of myself. Much respect and appreciation to Dr. Chutkan for her easy to understand, empowering, and inspirational tips, tricks, and advice through this book. I am so excited to try out the 10 day plan and the other tips to see if I can start feeling better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaci

    Lots of information about digestion. If one gives up alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and gluten, eats well and exercises, one will feel better. Hmmm. I might try it if I were to end up looking like Dr. Chutkan.

  12. 4 out of 5

    SweetPea

    The title should have clarified that the content was intended for people that have rare health issues, not for the majority of the population. Most examples in the book of health cases involved people with extremely rare health issues which reduced the value of the story since they weren’t applicable to the majority of people that may be looking to learn about their gut. The author also based recommendations on many things that were acknowledged to have no basis in solid science. Making the stat The title should have clarified that the content was intended for people that have rare health issues, not for the majority of the population. Most examples in the book of health cases involved people with extremely rare health issues which reduced the value of the story since they weren’t applicable to the majority of people that may be looking to learn about their gut. The author also based recommendations on many things that were acknowledged to have no basis in solid science. Making the statement that something isn’t based on science and that there isn’t anything to support that it will help your gut function but it can’t hurt doesn’t qualify in my opinion as adequate support for a recommendation on how to improve your gut function, which is the whole premise of the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Schaefer

    Excellent book! Dr. Chutkan definitely knows what she's talking about. She explains the how's and why's for the foods and drinks she recommends. It isn't a crazy or weird diet that's supposed to magically make you look like a Barbie (or Ken) doll. It's simple, realistic, and easy to do. It won't cost a fortune and the foods are easy to find anywhere. The main thing is to stop the pain and bloating, but, in addition, you will slim down some. And if you exercise too, you're going to look and feel b Excellent book! Dr. Chutkan definitely knows what she's talking about. She explains the how's and why's for the foods and drinks she recommends. It isn't a crazy or weird diet that's supposed to magically make you look like a Barbie (or Ken) doll. It's simple, realistic, and easy to do. It won't cost a fortune and the foods are easy to find anywhere. The main thing is to stop the pain and bloating, but, in addition, you will slim down some. And if you exercise too, you're going to look and feel better than you have in years! Go for it! You can do it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    TISHA

    I had to give this book 3 stars because it isn't a practical lifestyle. She basically cut out everything to eat, so I guess air is the best thing to eat and drink(besides water). I am all for limiting the amount of sugar, carbs, etc. but I just discovered Diet Coke and I am not a soda drinker, but that soda is AMAZING. This is a book that I can't follow but for those who try to follow it, good luck.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Monica Schulte

    Well-explained with suggestions for helping with various digestive problems. The book doesn't pretend to offer a cure but does have a 10-day plan that you can use to help identify where your digestive problems are coming from.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    If you see me in the next 3 months, regardless of what we're talking about, I'll find a way to bring up Gutbliss.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really useful information. Now I know what changes to make in my diet in order to have a healthier lifestyle.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kay Vanatta

    Well written and easy to follow, much is a repeat of what I read in her other book - The Microbiome Solution. I like the author's approach... and appreciate her efforts to help solve health issues with diet. As an older reader with digestive issues and "nothing wrong", I am always on the lookout for things I can do to feel better! If self-help with diet is one of the things you like to read about - I'd recommend this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I was referred this by a friend and co-worker, and automatically I gave Chutkan more credence because she's a GI writing about GI issues, and so many books about the gut are not written by doctors (not that being a doctor makes you an expert--in fact I think many of our doctor brethren are unaware of or uninterested in how diet affects GI issues, which to me is a tragic failing in the medical community), so that gave me respect for her. I've read a lot of books like these, but this one was prett I was referred this by a friend and co-worker, and automatically I gave Chutkan more credence because she's a GI writing about GI issues, and so many books about the gut are not written by doctors (not that being a doctor makes you an expert--in fact I think many of our doctor brethren are unaware of or uninterested in how diet affects GI issues, which to me is a tragic failing in the medical community), so that gave me respect for her. I've read a lot of books like these, but this one was pretty straightforward and she included some things I hadn't read in other books. She has a funny but memorable acronym for foods to avoid: SAD GAS - sugar, alcohol, dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners and soy (I think...if I remembered that correctly without referring to the book, the acronym did its work!) While those seem simple as a list of inflammatory foods, I still eat them occasionally (and know I probably shouldn't), and this is a pretty easy way to remember to avoid them (I've been avoiding gluten for the last week, and I'm going to stick with that, but I need to bump up my "foods to avoid" a bit to start feeling better). I thought her advice was practical and helpful, and I'd definitely recommend this to others with GI issues, especially IBD-related. I probably need to skim it a second time just so all this stuff sinks in! Note: as with any book like this, it's fairly generic. I spent money to get a food allergy panel done, and learned a variety of things about my body that it doesn't like, which includes eggs, bananas and legumes (all considered "healthy foods") that I'm not supposed to eat for 3 months. She includes all of them in her sample 10-day diet plan at the end of the book. Obviously they're good for some people, but not for all, including those with autoimmune disorders like IBD. So yeah, take every book like this with a grain of salt, but still, it's a good start.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hester

    This book is the oddest mixture of interesting science and quackery. I found her discussion of female intestinal anatomy fascinating--even though women are smaller, the average female colon is 4 inches longer than a man's. Because of this, and the sexes' different pelvis shapes, women's intestines don't look like the illustrations we all saw in school. This is not widespread knowledge beyond the medical field--I am friends with two biology researchers, and they had no idea. The book is worth rea This book is the oddest mixture of interesting science and quackery. I found her discussion of female intestinal anatomy fascinating--even though women are smaller, the average female colon is 4 inches longer than a man's. Because of this, and the sexes' different pelvis shapes, women's intestines don't look like the illustrations we all saw in school. This is not widespread knowledge beyond the medical field--I am friends with two biology researchers, and they had no idea. The book is worth reading for the anatomy discussion alone. I also found her discussion on sugar and digestion interesting. I have a concussion, and some (mainstream)doctors recommend avoiding sugar while recovering. It even said so in my discharge forms from the hospital. I was surprised I lost seven pounds in a week. According to her, sugar can lead to massive water retention. Seems like my life bore her out. Then there are the book's downsides. I skipped her chapter on hormones because it seemed full of bunk. Then she claimed that what you eat is way more important than your genes. I'm not so sure about that. Maybe once we can tailor diets for our genes, but not right now. People lacking intrinsic factor would die from a shortage of vitamin B12 if they followed her diet. Also, she seems to think every digestive disorder is due to constipation. She ignores chronic diarrhea all together. I wasn't reading this book for the disorders--I saw a book report which mentioned the anatomy--but if I were, and if I had chronic diarrhea, I would be very disappointed in the book. I think every woman should read this book just to learn about our proper anatomy. Just take the rest with a shaker of salt.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brieanna

    This book was very practical. There are many case studies mentioned. In each chapter, there is a box outlined that describes what you can do if you have a particular ailment (i.e. hormones, dysbiosis, gluten intolerance), and each different chapter points towards the same thing: eating healthy, organic food that has been properly washed and produced. I commend this doctor for being so open to homeopathic and nutritional treatments. It is sad but many of our doctors are not trained in nutrition, This book was very practical. There are many case studies mentioned. In each chapter, there is a box outlined that describes what you can do if you have a particular ailment (i.e. hormones, dysbiosis, gluten intolerance), and each different chapter points towards the same thing: eating healthy, organic food that has been properly washed and produced. I commend this doctor for being so open to homeopathic and nutritional treatments. It is sad but many of our doctors are not trained in nutrition, or what prescriptions are doing to other parts of your body (such as your stomach), many of them are trained to treat symptoms not prevent disease. All of her information in regards to nutrition appears to be completely self taught. Which I commend. It is terrible that we live in a society that dismisses the foundational health principals (such as a healthy diet) to being quakery. We don't need prescriptions for everything. We just need to honor our bodies more and even more important, learn more so that we can educate our children.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara Swart

    I didn't realize how much of this book would be about bloating. Silly me. Had expected more of a medical approach (see cover image) and scholarly take on the latest microbiome research. I guess the picture on the cover spoke louder than the 1000 words in the title :) While it wasn't my main goal, I did learn some tips and have now banished bloating, so kudos there! Apparently I can't tolerate milk and processed soy, which is important but can be summed up in one sentence. Where this book falls sh I didn't realize how much of this book would be about bloating. Silly me. Had expected more of a medical approach (see cover image) and scholarly take on the latest microbiome research. I guess the picture on the cover spoke louder than the 1000 words in the title :) While it wasn't my main goal, I did learn some tips and have now banished bloating, so kudos there! Apparently I can't tolerate milk and processed soy, which is important but can be summed up in one sentence. Where this book falls short and why it gets only a 3-star rating from me is that I wish for more breadth of researched content and more thorough recommendations. There wasn't much new. I didn't feed educated afterwards, just guided. I do find her plan realistic, as I live in a developed urban center and am lucky to have the budget to buy healthy prepared foods in a pinch, though this is not the case for most people.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I think the subtitle of this book is a tad misleading. Yes, Chutkan does have a ten-day plan, but that is not what takes up most of this book. Chutkan goes into a great deal of explanation about the physiology of the digestive system, namely how a woman's digestive system is different than a man's and why bloating is often more of an issue for us. She also talks a lot about topics that most people normally consider taboo with conversational ease. For that I give her kudos. I'm working up the cou I think the subtitle of this book is a tad misleading. Yes, Chutkan does have a ten-day plan, but that is not what takes up most of this book. Chutkan goes into a great deal of explanation about the physiology of the digestive system, namely how a woman's digestive system is different than a man's and why bloating is often more of an issue for us. She also talks a lot about topics that most people normally consider taboo with conversational ease. For that I give her kudos. I'm working up the courage to try the ten day plan since it cuts out gluten, sugar, and dairy, but I think it will be worth trying just to see how I feel since digestive issues have always been a part of my life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    This book is easy to read and chalk full of information and limited stories. It would have made my life exceptionally easier a few years ago. All good information except that she hasn't adopted the need for good fats to her diet recommendations in this book. For simplicities sake, she is correct, the fat in the SAD is not good for you. However it would be good to talk about essential fat ;-) I recommend this book to anyone age 40+ not just women (she states that this informative book is for men This book is easy to read and chalk full of information and limited stories. It would have made my life exceptionally easier a few years ago. All good information except that she hasn't adopted the need for good fats to her diet recommendations in this book. For simplicities sake, she is correct, the fat in the SAD is not good for you. However it would be good to talk about essential fat ;-) I recommend this book to anyone age 40+ not just women (she states that this informative book is for men too)!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lily Mansfield

    The title is a bit of a misnomer. This isn't some trendy new diet fad to "banish bloat" and "look younger!" But that's a good thing. This well-written book covers many gut problems and offers excellent information in how to work with one's healthcare providers to get results. I found much of the information fascinating. The author delves into quite a bit of anatomy and physiology. But I am an admitted nerd regarding the human body. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your own digesti The title is a bit of a misnomer. This isn't some trendy new diet fad to "banish bloat" and "look younger!" But that's a good thing. This well-written book covers many gut problems and offers excellent information in how to work with one's healthcare providers to get results. I found much of the information fascinating. The author delves into quite a bit of anatomy and physiology. But I am an admitted nerd regarding the human body. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your own digestive tract, this is a must-read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jena

    A wealth of information about digestion, its problems, and ways to solve them. The thing that impressed me about this book was how personable the author was, and how interesting she made the presentation of her topic. This is no dry clinical medical book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book began with a few gruesome clinical stories about the gut than I was prepared to read about. The author offers some of the same straight forward dietary principles put forth my Michael Pollan. Describing the stomach and skin as nets to protect us from toxins put a real emphasis on wellness and maintenance for diet and skin care. She criticized our current practices of waiting to discover a problem via colonoscopies before ever approaching the problem. Includes great recipes /meal planni This book began with a few gruesome clinical stories about the gut than I was prepared to read about. The author offers some of the same straight forward dietary principles put forth my Michael Pollan. Describing the stomach and skin as nets to protect us from toxins put a real emphasis on wellness and maintenance for diet and skin care. She criticized our current practices of waiting to discover a problem via colonoscopies before ever approaching the problem. Includes great recipes /meal planning and unapologetic recipes for the perfect bowel. lol.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah White

    This is a pop science book that really does have some helpful information about the potential problems of the gut and what might be causing them. Just don't think of it as a diet book, and don't expect to want to follow the plan unless you're really serious about making big dietary changes. The author says her changes are "easy" but then goes on to recommend eliminating gluten, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners and more for 10 days. I don't know who would think that would be easy, even after t This is a pop science book that really does have some helpful information about the potential problems of the gut and what might be causing them. Just don't think of it as a diet book, and don't expect to want to follow the plan unless you're really serious about making big dietary changes. The author says her changes are "easy" but then goes on to recommend eliminating gluten, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners and more for 10 days. I don't know who would think that would be easy, even after they've done it and seen positive changes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kris Patrick

    I want to be her patient! Who wants to roadtrip with me to Georgetown? :) We need more doctors with her common sense! Her quote: "...it is worth seriously considering whether the food you're eating could be contributing to your digestive problems--a notion that seems intuitive to me as a gastroenterologist but is still not accepted by many in the medical community." I've seen a GI dr off and on for years and it infuriates me that they not one of these three men would/will even consider diet as a I want to be her patient! Who wants to roadtrip with me to Georgetown? :) We need more doctors with her common sense! Her quote: "...it is worth seriously considering whether the food you're eating could be contributing to your digestive problems--a notion that seems intuitive to me as a gastroenterologist but is still not accepted by many in the medical community." I've seen a GI dr off and on for years and it infuriates me that they not one of these three men would/will even consider diet as a contributing factor.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Says nothing new. The Kindle edition is about 10% unreadable right now (text in inset boxes is the same color as the background) but I got the idea well enough. It's depressing to me that a medical doctor with extensive training in treating actual disease is wasting her time teaching women how to massage their abdomens with a dumbbell (????) and referring to colons as "voluptuous," but that's not a problem with the book, per se.

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