Almost all of us have had that “huh?” moment when you step on the scale to discover you’re three pounds heavier than you were the night before, or you struggle to button jeans that fit fine a week ago. Chances are, you’re bloated, constipated, retaining water, or some combination of all three. The Internet is full of extreme “cures”—juice cleanses, laxatives, supplements, diets, and herbal remedies—but most are ineffective and based on junk science. Frustrated by doctors who have little advice to offer, many women try to self-diagnose, and worry they might be suffering from a serious condition, like celiac disease, parasites, or even ovarian cancer.
In Gutbliss, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, one of the leading gastroenterologists in the country, offers a groundbreaking, one-stop guide to digestive wellness, and a program to finally give women the tools they need for true and lasting relief. Dr. Chutkan explains the root causes of bloating and gas, offers steps to alleviate symptoms, and outlines a nutrition and exercise plan for optimizing gastrointestinal health. Research-based and gimmick-free, Gutbliss will show you how to ditch your digestive baggage once and for all by providing:
- A fascinating trip down your gastrointestinal superhighway, with a primer on why GI problems are worse for women
- A startling list of the most common ways in which Western women inadvertently mess with their GI health
- Expert analysis of symptoms that could indicate a serious underlying condition
- A complete, simple, and easy-to-follow 10-day tune-up plan for cleaning out the pipes, boosting healthy bacteria, and restoring the GI system to good working order.
- Based on her work with thousands of patients, Dr. Chutkan’s program will help you liberate yourself and your digestive tract from the oppression of the daily bloat, ineffective quick fixes, and unnecessary procedures and prescriptions. Get ready to find your gut bliss for good.
Praise for Gutbliss
Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut. A gastroenterologist’s predictions on how new treatments will begin there, too. -The Atlantic, The Future of Probiotics, December 2013
The body’s internal plumbing can be the source of considerable malfunction and misery, yet it is a tough subject to broach, even with a doctor. Gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan, founder of the Digestive Center for Women in Chevy Chase, MD, dispenses with the stigma and offers some useful advice on restoring balance and harmony to distressed digestive tracts. -The Wall Street Journal, The ‘Gutbliss’ Regimen to Reducing Digestive Distress, November 2013
How men and women digest differently, diet changes our skin, and gluten remains mysterious: A forward-thinking gastroenterologist on eating one’s way to “gutbliss”. Robynne Chutkan, MD, is an integrative gastroenterologist and founder of the Digestive Center for Women, just outside of Washington, D.C. She trained at Columbia University and is on faculty at Georgetown, but her approach to practicing medicine and understanding disease is more holistic than many specialists with academic backgrounds. -The Atlantic, What We Eat Affects Everything, October 2013
Respected gastroenterologist Chutkan, founder of the Digestive Center for Women, candidly tackles the topic of female digestive health with this comprehensive and accessible manual. Chutkan explains the physiological differences that make women more susceptible to gastrointestinal complications than men, maps out the various parts and functions of the GI tract—the “30-foot digestive superhighway”—and talks about potential problems, from mild sluggishness, blockages, and bloat to diverticulosis, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Structured in three parts—”Digestion 101,” “What Could It Be?” and “The Path to Relief and Great Health”—the book pinpoints the causes of GI distress and treatment options (with an emphasis on preventative lifestyle changes). Chutkan also explains connections between GI difficulties and seemingly unrelated topics, such as drinking from plastic water bottles and walking barefoot. The 10-day detox plan is easy to follow and includes a manageable collection of recipes. Packed with no-nonsense explanations, real-life patient stories, and remedies, this guide will empower women to recognize their particular digestive health issues and proactively work with their medical professionals to prevent, treat, and solve them. Agent: Howard Yoon, Ross Yoon Agency. (Oct.) -Publishers Weekly, July 1, 2013
Dr Chutkan blasts away the bloat as she tastefully explains the guts of our problems. -Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Dr Robynne Chutkan maps out a clear strategy for gut health and restoring optimal health. If you have digestive problems, look no further and buy this book! -Mark Hyman, M.D. The Blood Sugar Solution
If you’re tired of the dreaded bloat or muffin top, Dr Chutkan offers a novel prescription for making your gut work for you, not against you. -Sara Gottfried, M.D. The Hormone Cure
Loaded with helpful, leading-edge information that all women need to know for optimal bowel health. I highly recommend this book! -Christiane Northrup, M.D., The Wisdom of Menopause