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

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  47 reviews
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 dig
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 434 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published 1996)
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Doris Jean
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  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 enough better alternative books. Just double-check everything you decide to use.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, non-fiction
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
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was jam packed full of information about many symptoms and conditions brought on with the "unwell" gut. There are many scenarios and examples of different experiences she has had treating the gut. Elim diets are discussed and suggestions for supplements good foods to get you back to health. This will be a good reference. ...more
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-books
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
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This is a pretty good resource, especially for people struggling with an autoimmune disorder and seeking help through functional medicine. There are a few inconsistencies, and occasionally the advice isn't backed up by solid evidence--which she points out herself, so it's not like she's trying to sell snake oil. One of the biggest risks is that you might read this and think you've got even more disorders than you thought you had to begin with. For that reason, I recommend using this book in conj ...more
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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Ixiana H.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly informative book on the importance of digestive health. A must-have reference book about what is going on in your gut, how does it impact health and what you can do to care for it.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
3rd Edition, 2005. Outdated (2018). I felt instructions were slightly useless. I spoke to my Dr. about a few things I read and not much aligned. What I did like about this book is its suggestion of color coding your food diary to help balance your diet. It lost me when it told me to be a vegetarian. Lol.
Heidi Campbell
Very informative. I can see why it’s advised to read this book slowly, which I did. It made me realize how important it is to understand the human body better and to take care of what we’ve been created with. We can’t always prevent certain diseases or problems but we can lesson the severity of what we may be experiencing.
Really helpful book if you have any digestive issues whatsoever. The author explains all aspects of the digestive process in layman's terms and offers possible testing ideas with your doctor or possible treatment options for many different concerns like irritable bowel, Crohn's etc. ...more
Ann Bredemeier
very detailed and informative...a didn't read the whole book thoroughly since parts of it didn't pertain to me at all ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
an informative and helpful book that assisted in my transition to wholesome food choices
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 system. ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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. ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched and full of compelling information. I have so many questions for my doctor! :) it's amazing to me that 70% of the immune system is located in the digestive system! And it's crazy how what we eat affects EVERYTHING. Literally, every system in your body. Hoping this information will help me move toward further healing! ...more
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
The first part of the book is a great introduction to how your digestive system works, what's happening with all the bacteria and what you should look out for. The next part goes all over the place, mostly looks like pseudoscience and could be omitted entirely. ...more
Jan 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition
A must have for folks dealing with digestive concerns!
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Digestion is key to overall health. A must read for everyone.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone with IBS or other digestive issues. Also good for future RD's like me. ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Should be everyone's standard reference for health issues. ...more

Great reference book. Understand how your system works and what you can do to be healthier.
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