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Digestive Wellness: Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion

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The definitive guide to healthy digestion!

"Digestive Wellness" explains how your digestive system works and what to do when it doesn't. You'll find practical solutions to all the common gastrointestinal disorders (and many other conditions) and expert guidance on the newest advances in testing and diagnosis, nutrition, and natural therapies. Plus, you'll learn how faulty d
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 434 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by McGraw-Hill (first published 1996)
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This book contains good solid information and could absolutely really help improve the health of a lot of people.

This book was good, but not as good as the book on this topic by Dr Sherry Rogers which I found far more thorough. That book was excellent and so I would recommend it over this one. If all your library has is this book however, it is well worth a read and makes many important points.

Also worth reading are books on the SCD eating plan and the GAPS diet, if you have serious gut issues a
In my early teens, I was diagnosed with a digestive/autoimmune disorder that changed the way I had to approach food. However, I neglected to really be careful about the types of food I ate and a few years ago, my diagnosis progressed into something slightly worse. After the horrible experience I went through to discover that, it seemed to be the kick I needed to make my health a priority. As a result, I enjoy researching what I can do to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system and this bo ...more
Doris Jean
Jan 10, 2014 Doris Jean rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all but with a dose of scepticsm. Do your own independent verification.
–page 262, line 2: "...low-fat, low-calorie diets increase your risk of developing gallstones".
–page 263, line 5: "Low-fat diets help prevent gallstones..."
and on
-page 275, line 33: "Gluten is found in...millet..."
–page 276, line 7: "Gluten-free..include...millet..."
These kinds of errors were throughout the book. Also, many memes were gratuitously thrown in without basis.
I do recommend it since there are not better alternative books. Just double-check everything you decide to use.
Review from a nutrition student: This book is great! It offers a plethora of information and detail, which I love and really look for in this genre of books. Causes, symptoms, and treatment, and the mechanisms of each are all included. It is such a great source for all digestion-related health and disease information, which is of course related to so many other health problems. Essentially a textbook, but so much better because it has room for all the things a textbook may not, and the author's ...more
This is an excellent and unbiased primer on digestive health and also a terrific reference book on various ailments that have digestive roots or connections. Lipski provides a broad view of various therapies for treating digestive issues. For each ailment, she offers many suggestions for treatment that are mostly based on nutritional supplements, using food as medicine, or herbal treatments. She doesn't prescribe any specific one diet or solution. Instead, she emphasizes the importance of examin ...more
My poor body! No wonder my immune system is so messed up and I'm burdened with chronic fatigue. I was recently diagnosed with leaky gut, candida, overabundance of other bad gut bacteria, and food allergies and consequently put on a strict diet and probiotic regime to fix this, which is going quite well. In the meantime this book does a stellar job explaining what probably led to this state and what I can do to have a happy gut and healthy life again. A not overly-scientific read so it's great fo ...more
Really a mini-encyclopedia of how you can improve your digestive wellness and, in the process, a lot of problems and serious illnesses that ail you. It is honestly the first place where I've seen someone connect the dots with things like digestive health and rosacea but on reading it all, it makes perfect sense. I wish I could get some people I know to change their diets and see if some of their health problems would go away. If you're interested in autism, ADD, and ADHD, you should buy "Digesti ...more
Great if you want a list of solutions to a problem. There was a little more biology than I can follow; I think I expected something else.
Jun 16, 2014 Hali added it
Skimmed through this book and picked out what I thought was useful. Great reference book!
Caroline Mathews
I read Digestive Wellness in conjunction with The Inside Tract by Gerard E. Mullin. I don't know how lucky I was, out of all the books that Amazon recommends to me, to find just what I was wanting/needing/hoping for! I am not disappointed!

I'm using this book as a reference to holistic and herbal remedies and other methods of developing an individual program of digestive well-being. Lipski's explanations of digestive diseases and self-care practices are worth downloading the book!

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A very resourceful book on all aspects of digestion. If you want to understand the way your digestive system wants to communicate with you, then you have to read this book. I assume it was written for the regular reader, who only needs to understand the digestive system & how to deal with the most basic signs. It's a great resource for everyone, Elizabeth Lipski offers many alternative treatments for any digestive condition, as a preventative way to maintain the health of your digestive syst ...more
4th edition = 2012 almost total rewrite of 1996; so much new info
Jun 21, 2007 Astrid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
A well-written, enjoyable, at times humourous book about the digestive system and how to keep it healthy. Introduces basic concepts about food and anatomy first, then delves into specific health concerns and how to care for them using nutrition and supplements. Even if you are not experiencing digestive upsets, you could benefit from this book, as Lipski points out connections between digestive health and overall wellness. One of the best nutrition books I've ever read. Highly recommended.
This was more informal than I expected. It actually had my illness and more insight into the types of foods I've been needing to eat to help heal within.
This is an excellent book to learn more about your digestive system and how to keep it healthy. If you have a chronic condition I highly recommend this book. There are more current versions of this book and I look forward to reading the updated version.
If you want to learn more about how to better support your digestive system this is one of the best books I've read. Covers everything from food/environmental sensitivities, candida, crohn's disease, etc and how those are related to your digestion.
I've had some GI (gastrointestinal) problems and this book was very insightful. Has a lot of natural remedies for common "gut" problems. Good for anyone who is having problems from IBS, colitis, ulcers, to Chron's.
A thorough and easy to follow explanation of how 'gut health' affects our overall health. It includes practical advice for a wide variety of conditions. I highly recommend.
Great book on who to properly manage your digestion and how important this is to your overall health. A must read for anyone in order to improve and maintain your health!
Good general survey from a functional medicine perspective, summarizing a lot of the themes in many other books I've read.

Great reference book. Understand how your system works and what you can do to be healthier.
A must read for anyone with IBS or other digestive issues. Also good for future RD's like me.
Excellent overview of all aspects of digestive wellness in an easy to understand style.
Jenny Yelle
Real advice for the understanding and treatment of digestive issues.
Excellent. Should be everyone's standard reference for health issues.
Digestion is key to overall health. A must read for everyone.
A must have for folks dealing with digestive concerns!
This gave me lots of very helpful information.
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