“My mom, when I was growing up, was diagnosed with a number of health conditions. We were always a sort of fit and active and, what we thought was a healthy, family growing up,” says Axe.
But when Axe’s mom was diagnosed with cancer a second time, and this on top of autoimmune, digestive and thyroid issues like Hashimoto’s, Axe began to work through his training in nutrition and ask key questions about the gut as a possible root cause.
As they began to shift her from a diet of “chicken sandwiches and juicy juice” into a diet of whole foods, there began to be a shift.
Her tumors began to shrink and her digestive issues began to clear up. Her fatigue, autoimmune and depression symptoms also began to subside. Within a year her cancer was in remission.
“Hippocrates said ‘All disease begins in the gut,” Axe says. “But you know I’m a big believer in that in seeing my mom completely healed.”
Axe affirms what many in both the conventional and alternative health fields have suspected—the digestive tract and gut health have an impressively powerful impact on everything else in your body.
So while leaky gut may just seem like a funny way of describing Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is quite literally describing what so many of us walk around with daily that is being linked to many diseases and disorders.