Following the success of the bestselling Clean Gut and Wheat Belly comes this essential guide to improving digestive health from an expert in functional medicine—who reveals why everything that ails us, from fatigue to weight gain to bloating and bad skin, can be traced back to the gut, and shares his cleansing plan to help us reclaim our health.
Dr. Vincent Pedre understands gut problems firsthand. He suffered from IBS for years before becoming an expert in functional medicine and learning how to heal his body from the inside. Dr. Pedre used his own experience to develop The Gut C.A.R.E. Program—an approach that draws from both Western and Eastern methodologies, combining integrative and functional medicine—that has a proven success record in his private practice in New York. Now, for the first time, Dr. Pedre makes his revolutionary plan for health and wellness available to everyone.
Happy Gut takes readers step-by-step through Gut C.A.R.E.—Cleanse, Activate, Restore, and Enhance—which eliminates food triggers, clears the gut of unfriendly pathogens, and replaces them with healthy probiotics and nutrients that repair and heal the gut. Rather than masking symptoms with medication, he shows us how to address the problem at its core to restore the gastrointestinal system to its proper functioning state. By fixing problems in the gut, followers of Dr. Pedre’s program have found that their other health woes are also cured and have lost weight, gained energy, and improved seemingly unrelated issues, such as seasonal allergies, in addition to eliminating their chronic muscle and abdominal pain.
Complete with recipes and meal plans including gluten-free, low-fat, and vegetarian options, a 28-day gut cleanse, yoga postures to help digestion, and testimonials from many of his patients, Happy Gut will help you feel better and eliminate gut issues for life.
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About the Author
Dr. Vincent Pedre, medical director of Pedre Integrative Health, is a board-certified internist and a Functional Medicine–certified practitioner in private practice in New York City. Dr. Pedre’s integrative medical approach combines both Western and Eastern traditions. He is a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is also certified in yoga and medical acupuncture. His holistic philosophy is patient-centered and focuses on uncovering the root causes of illness to create long-term wellness. He is also the founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, which offers health-enhancing programs, content and lifestyle products, dietary supplements, and weight loss programs. Dr. Pedre is a sought-after speaker at medical conferences around the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword Leo Galland, MD ix
Part I It's All About the Gut
1 It's All in Your Gut 11
2 The Happy Gut Diet: Phase I Explained 40
*The Happy Gut Shopping List 71
Part II The Gut C.A.R.E. Program: Twenty-Eight Days to a New You
3 Eliminate Symptoms and Maintain Your Health with the Gut C.A.R.E. Program 77
*A Day on the Happy Gut Diet 109
4 Tips for Success: Creating a Happy Gut 116
*The Happy Gut Meal Plan 117
Part III Reproduction Phase and Further Testing
5 Reintroduction and Your Gut C.A.R.E. Plan for Life 137
6 Further Testing for Gut-Related Ailments 143
Part IV A Happy Gut, Happy Life
7 The Emotional Gut: The Mind-Gut Connection 189
8 The Physical Gut: The Body-Gut Connection 206
Part V Fun in the Kitchen
9 Happy Gut Recipes 243
Appendix A Pre-Program Four-Day Food/Symptom Journal 313
Appendix B Twenty-Eight-Day Happy Gut Diet Food/Symptom Journal 315
Appendix C Recommended Supplements and Brands 333
Appendix D Resources 345
Appendix E Gut-Related Medication Side Effects 359
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An excellent book by an extraordinary doctor. I am so grateful to be one of Dr. Pedre's patients. Prior to seeing him, for years doctors thought that I had an incurable, degenerative disease. In addition, I had been suffering from digestive problems since I was a young child. When I was only 23, I was so disabled that a nurse recommended a wheelchair. I went to see Dr. Pedre over a decade later. Dr. Pedre discovered that my previous diagnosis was wrong and that my chronic condition can be treated. Drawing upon his expertise in Functional Medicine, Dr. Pedre meticulously uncovered the complex underlying causes of my health problems. Using his Gut C.A.R.E. Program, he successfully treated the digestive problems that affected me since childhood. Now my stomach feels better than it has in years! Now that my gut is rebalanced, Dr. Pedre has put me on a course of treatment for my chronic condition, and I have every reason to be optimistic about the outcome. I feel more hopeful about my health than ever before. Dr. Pedre has truly changed my life.