Super Gut Book Review

I met Dr. Bill Davis last year and have since enjoyed many conversations with him about the microbiome, brain health, chronic disease, and more. I’ve also had the pleasure of speaking in his Undoctored community!

I’ve learned a lot from him and his previous books, which is why I was excited to read his latest release, Super Gut, all about connecting the dots between gut health and common ailments people are struggling with.

There are a few overarching themes Dr. Davis draws on throughout the book

Our modern lifestyles have disrupted the composition of microbes in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. And these imbalances are to blame for many residual health issues including IBS to PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome to depression and more. And unfortunately, rather than addressing the proliferation of unhealthy bacteria, doctors treat these issues by prescribing expensive medications with long lists of side effects. Our food supply, which includes many antibiotic compounds, and what Dr. Davis calls “Frankengrains,” doesn't help either. Restoring the microbiome, and then building a super gut is the solution for living a long, healthy life.

The same disruptions that cause small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can also enable fungal species to climb up the GI tract: a related condition called small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO). If SIBO or SIFO is caught early enough and a healthy microbiome can be restored, and many of the accompanying chronic conditions will fade away. Dr. Davis outlines how to recognize the signs to look for, and how to deal with them throughout the book.

The fecalization of America is causing some of the most troublesome health problems in modern people. Fecalization, when fecal microbes, usually restricted to the colon, appear in the small intestine, confers the characteristic appearance of stool seen normally in the colon up into the ileum on GI scans. The majority of those who have it are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, and not acutely ill but have chronic abdominal complaints such as diarrhea and bloating. Taking antibiotics, the antibiotics in our food supply, smoking, consuming too much alcohol, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and acid-blocking drugs can all contribute to shifts in bowel flora species. 

Rebuilding your gut is possible and can change the course of your life. Dr. Davis shares his four-week plan, and many useful strategies, resources, and recipes for healing in Super Gut. And we’re honored Sugar Shift was listed among them as a “preferred probiotic!” In addition there are some great yogurt recipes to try, made with probiotics! Here’s a recipe you can make at home with Sugar Shift, thanks to powerhouse strain L. reuteri

Sugar Shift yogurt with L. reuteri 

  • 1 Sugar Shift capsule (or 10 Gastrus tablets, crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons of prebiotic fiber (inulin or raw potato starch)
  • 1 quart half-and-half or other liquid

If using Sugar Shift, simply open the capsule and pour into a bowl. (If using Gastrus, pulverize tablets by placing them in a plastic bag and crushing them with a heavy jar, thick drinking glass, or rolling pin.)

In a medium to large bowl, combine the probiotic, prebiotic fiber, and 2 tablespoons of half-and-half. Make a slurry to ensure the prebiotic fiber does not clump. Stir until well mixed. Stir in the remaining half-and-half. Cover lightly (e.g. with plastic wrap), place in your fermenting device, and ferment to 100 degrees F for 36 hours. To make future batches, use 2 tablespoons of curds or whey from a prior batch.

To summarize, Super Gut is a must-read for anyone looking to enhance their knowledge about the microbiome and how it impacts our overall health. Whether you’re struggling with a specific health challenge and want to restore your gut, or you simply want to feel your best, the science Dr. Davis articulates and the plan he lays out will equip you for long term health and well being. Get your copy here today!

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