He’s not a medical doctor, but Dr. Josh Axe can help make your body healthier and stronger – one cup of bone broth at a time.
A chiropractor, natural medicine practitioner, and nutritionist – the Dr bit comes from a Ph.D. – the popular American health guru offers easy to understand advice on healthy living, eating, and exercise. His phenomenal success has translated to nearly three million Facebook followers, numerous TV appearances, and several bestselling books including, Eat Dirt, which focuses on the importance of gut health.
Axe has got tons to say on all manner of other health-related subjects. Head to his YouTube channel and you can learn how to cure plantar fasciitis or find a recipe for turmeric tea. Visit his website and you can pick from an array of articles by Axe or his team of writers, such as which house plants work best for cleaning the air, and the benefits of regular exercise (four times a week is optimal!). We break down Dr. Axe’s core message.
WHAT’S HIS ALTERNATIVE?
Dr. Axe is a passionate believer and follower of functional medicine, which takes a whole-body approach to well being and health. “I think it’s really important that people learn to just listen to their bodies,” he explains.
He urges us to consider the everyday ailments we live with and take proactive steps to heal ourselves using whole foods, exercise, and ancient remedies. He also recommends we balance our lives by having an enriching spiritual life and volunteering within the community.
A RECIPE FOR GOOD LIVING
Axe’s interest in alternative health originally began when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Later, when she faced a second diagnosis, Axe began advising her on changing her lifestyle and diet to best support her recovery. In 2008 Axe opened a functional medical centre in Nashville and in 2010 worked helping US athletes to get ready for the 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, he’s written extensively about his passion for using food as medicine.
YOUR GUT HAS A LOT TO ANSWER FOR
Dr. Axe believes that many ailments can be healed by having a healthier gut. “It’s really important that we understand that our digestive health is critical for the health of almost every organ, tissue, and cell in our body,” he says.
In particular, Axe explains that those with bloating, food sensitivities, thyroid issues, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, skin issues, and digestive problems should take a leaky gut test and then consider eliminating certain foods from their diet. He believes that left untreated, leaky gut syndrome can lead to autoimmune diseases as well as depression, arthritis, eczema, and chronic fatigue. Grains such as wheat, soy, rice, and spelled should be avoided by sufferers and he recommends sprouting and fermenting other grains, avoiding gluten and – of course! – sugar.
SWAP PROCESSED FOR KETO
Unlike a lot of keto diet fans, Dr. Axe doesn’t encourage his patients to stay on the high-fat, low-carb diet in the long-term. Instead, he suggests three months is optimum, explaining it can kick start the path to health or target specific issues. It’s a great start for balancing blood sugars, losing that stubborn and dangerous visceral fat around our middles, or other medical issues. As he explains, “the keto diet works when no other diet will”.
HOW TO HEAL
“People are really moving toward taking care of their body naturally,” explains Dr. Axe. As a starting point, Axe recommends practical food-based solutions, beginning with that gut-healing favourite: bone broth. Because it contains collagen and the amino acids, proline, and glycine, he claims it will help heal damaged cell walls. Other foods to include in our diets include kefir, natural yogurt, fermented vegetables, such as kimchi and sauerkraut, coconut products, sprouted seeds, healthy fats, grass-fed beef, lamb, and wild-caught fish. He also recommends two pieces of fruit a day, eaten in the morning.
LISTEN TO OUR ANCESTORS
Dr. Axe is also a passionate believer in using herbs, essential oils and traditional healing methods. Turmeric and ginger are two particularly powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that can be included in our everyday diets. Plant oils such as lavender – which can ease insomnia and stress – and frankincense – which calms the nervous system and has anti-inflammatory properties – can have a powerful impact on our emotional health. Ancient techniques such as acupuncture can help alleviate pain and fatigue as well as boost our immune systems.
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