David and Carla’s new book, Eating to Live: Unlocking the Leaky Gut Code is a story of David’s personal journey to reduce pain, inflammation, reverse existing health conditions, and increase energy by focusing on the gut.
Despite a lifelong obsession with athletic performance that included competitive cycling, tennis, triathlons, and even Ironman Competitions, David couldn’t keep up with the pain he was experiencing daily. It became a common occurrence for him to spend days confined to his bed due to excruciating back pain. Around the same time, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
Tired of treatments that only caused prolonged sickness, David and Carla embarked on a personal journey to find out how to treat his condition that was eventually identified as “leaky gut syndrome.”
Leaky gut syndrome happens when the tight junctions of the intestinal wall become loose. The body’s gut barrier then allows dangerous substances, including undigested food particles, bad bacteria, and other toxins, into the bloodstream. This results in poor absorption of nutrients causing symptoms such as joint aches, obesity, depression, low energy, and indigestion. These symptoms can lead to much more serious health conditions.
David explains, “My diet and frequent consumption of pain medication were the cause of so much pain and sickness in my life.”
Through the help of Dr. Steven Gundry, a leading physician in restorative medicine, David and his wife soon learned that David needed to change his diet to avoid negative inflammations in his body.
“I needed to eliminate certain foods, including a majority of sucrose and fructose. I also needed to give up all NSAIDs…by following this diet, I started to heal my gut,” David recalled.
The difference, in David’s own words, was both “dramatic and startling.” The pain level that he now typically experiences each day has gone from an eight to less than a two.
In Eating to Live, readers will have a chance to follow David and Carla’s personal journey as they uncovered each piece of the puzzle that transformed both of their lives.
Unlike most health books, Eating to Live does not follow a “one-size-fits-all” recipe for a healthy life. Instead, they recommend a phased approach that leads readers through a process of eliminating foods that wreak havoc on some people like gluten, dairy, and sugar. Following their four-step program, readers can learn how to assist in reducing inflammation, and possibly reducing excess medications to help live a pain-free, active life through individual food and lifestyle choices.
Carla and David Meine are the co-founders of multiple successful companies focused on health and wellness. With a blended family of seven children and 18 grandchildren, they are passionate about sharing their story, knowledge, and experience to help others transform their health.
Carla is CEO and Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor at their current company, Eating to Live. She was named Utah Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and was ranked in the Top 10 Women-owned Businesses in Utah for nine straight years. She has chaired and remains a member of the National Advisory Board at the Woodbury School of Business at UVU and has been an advisor to the Women’s Success Center and the Women’s Tech Council.
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