Dr. Steven Gundry MD Reviews

Dr. Steven Gundry MD
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Dr. Steven Gundry has created an incredibly popular health business that includes a wide range of supplements, food products, and publications.  

Building off his early success as a doctor with a long list of credentials he has catapulted to the status of celebrity doc.

This reputation was furthered when it was revealed that pop singer Kelly Clarkson accredited her weight loss to some of his advice.

However, this rise has not come without its share of controversy, with many critics questioning his health and wellness advice and accusing him of building wealth from the sale and aggressive promotion of his branded products.

Below we’ll take a look at some of his products, his wellness philosophy, and try to answer whether you should be purchasing his myriad products or not.


'Holobiotics' is the phrase Dr. Gundry created for the diet and lifestyle choices people must make in order to bring their microbe ratio back into balance in order to lose weight and improve their health.

According to his theory of  'Holobiotics', the human body is dominated by different kinds of microbes.

Some of these microbes are 'good' while others are 'bad', and unfortunately most people choose a diet and lifestyle that suppresses their good microbes and increases the growth and multiplication of bad microbes.

This loss of microbe balance eventually throws off the wellness balance of your whole body.  All products sold on Gundry MD have this goal in mind, as do his 'Diet Evolution' and 'The Longevity Paradox' books.


Dr. Steven Gundry has authored 4 books that have outlined his views on health and what he believes are the underlying causes of many people’s ailments.  They include:

  • Dr Gundry’s Diet Evolution: Turn off the Genes That Are Killing You and Your Waistline
  • The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
  • The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Live Lectin-Free
  • Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age

Gundry’s Plant Paradox Diet

It was in his book “The Plant Paradox” that he laid out the ideas that he has become most associated with. 

In it he claimed that Lectins, a common plant protein, are the cause of much damage to the gut wall causing intestinal distress and inflammation and ultimately leading to other issues in the body.

He’s not the first to suggest these concepts and they’re also the basis of many modern diets such as The Paleo Diet which calls for eliminating gluten and some lectin-containing foods in an effort to prevent “leaky gut" - a breakdown of the intestinal lining caused by inflammatory foods.

The controversy is that he focuses specifically on Lectins and suggests that we should avoid eating foods that have been traditionally promoted as staples of a healthy diet such as beans, brown rice, nuts, tomatoes, quinoa and many others.

He also advocates for finding ways to incorporate fasting into your life to help your gut reset. Another principal heavily promoted by gurus of the Paleo/Keto diets.

Opponents of his books argue that he has not provided enough scientific evidence to back up his claims.  Some also argue that whatever benefit may be had by cutting out lectin from your diet is not worth the potential loss of nutrients from not eating those foods.

What Does Gundry Say You Should Eat?

An example of some of the foods recommended includes:

  • Pasture-raised meats
  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • Wild-caught seafood
  • Vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, celery, onions)
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • In-season fruits (berries, cherries, apples, nectarines, peaches, and others)
  • Green bananas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Jicama
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Almond milk (unsweetened, organic)
  • Grain substitutes: Millet, White rice, Sorghum

What Are The 3 Foods Dr Gundry Says to Avoid?

This is the title of many of his marketing videos which try to entice viewers into watching a long presentation, the end result of which is a sales pitch to one of his products.

The foods he is referring to fall in these categories

  • Nightshades: tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and peppers
  • Beans and legumes: Including soy and peanuts
  • Grains: especially quinoa and brown rice

Gundry MD Supplements

To complement his beliefs, Gundry sells a range of supplements, branded ‘Gundry MD’ and found at GundryMD.com.  His product line is vast and covers everything from supplements, skin care, hair care, various food items, and even dog food.

Each individual product page will provide customers with a full description of how to use the product, the benefits they can expect from regular use, and a full list of ingredients so customers can tell in advance if they have any sensitivities or known side effects.

The most popular supplements are the Gundry MD Vital Reds, which helps maintain high energy levels and a fast metabolism, the Gundry MD Prebiothrive, which reduces cravings for sweets and junk foods, helps with weight managements and improves digestion; and Gundry MD Primal Plants, which works to promote healthier and more youthful skin from the inside out.

Some of the company's newest releases include:

Refund Policy & Customer Service

Gundry MD offers a 90-Day money back return policy (starting on the date of purchase) on all products purchased through their website, though this policy does not apply when you purchase their products from third-party seller (such as Amazon), and does not cover shipping costs.

Customer Service is available at their phone number 800-852-0477, by email at [email protected], or by submitting them directly to their website through their Contact link.

Competitors and Alternatives

There is no shortage of health and wellness books, diet-plans, nutritional supplements, and skincare products available on the market, so customers looking for alternatives will really need to consider what it is they are specifically looking for before finding an appropriate alternative to Gundry MD.

However, before paying money for supplements and various health products you can also explore several diets closely related to what Dr. Gundry recommends such as the Paleo diet or the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).

Both focus on cutting out highly processed foods, gluten, sugary foods, and inflammation causing veggies.  

If you’re still experiencing intestinal discomfort or other gastro issues you can take it one step further and try a strict elimination diet protocol - with the goal being to find the exact foods that may be causing you distress.

Is Dr Steven Gundry a Quack?

Prospective customers sometimes wonder whether Dr Gundry is a scam or quack due to some of the health claims he makes. 

While he does have impressive medical credentials, if you search online reviews of his products you’ll come across very mixed opinions.  

There are many customers reporting that they feel taken advantage of financially or that the products they purchased did not provide any of the advertised results.

This is supported by some of the company's aggressive  marketing efforts and constant upselling of products, prompting many complaints accusing them of just trying to make money.

On the other hand you’ll find proponents of his books and products arguing the opposite, that what he recommends in the Paradox Diet has helped them lose weight and alleviate some of their digestive issues, arguing that it is the standard American diet which is causing more harm than his products.

It’s also important to note that highly restrictive diets can have negative consequences in the amount of stress and anxiety they cause around food, ultimately undoing any benefit they would have provided.

We recommend a low risk approach to his products, you may want to try out his diet recommendations first before purchasing any of the supplements.

If you have any experience with Dr. Steven Gundry MD or their products, please leave your reviews below.

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Dr. Steven Gundry MD Customer Reviews

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Feeling better
December 4, 2022

Was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and now been gluten free for 6 months. My new journey is to repair my gut health.

Noticing better bowel movements, brain fog has decreased, joints are feeling better (also with the help of hot yoga).

Lots of improvement!
December 3, 2022

I have been taking total restore for about a month now and within a couple of days my gut hasn’t hurt except when I eat a lot of things that aren’t in the Gundry diet. My stool has taken a brown snake shape and form where before it was so loose that it didn’t have any shape at all. I don’t run for the bathroom like I used to- frantically. I also have been using Vital Reds.

I will say that I feel more positive and have been getting more done around the house. The improvements were good enough that I ordered a few other products and have great hopes that this is going to work for me. I haven’t totally changed my diet yet because it is the holidays and we are visiting our kids and I haven’t figured out all of the ins and outs of avoiding lectins yet and how to do it when away from home.

I also haven’t finished the book yet. But starting Jan second I will be doing the 3 day cleanse and hopefully changing my diet. I also got the chocolate pro plant shake and just like he says - it is delicious. It has just been a month but my results have been good enough to give 5 stars.

December 3, 2022
People and products always promise utopia. This product actually does what it claims. I have seen an energy boost and much better digestion in the three weeks that I have been taking the Vital Reds. The probiotics are the first ones that haven’t caused me bloating and gas. Hope to see continued good results.

How to use the two products
December 3, 2022
I know that your product work, but I'm a bit confused about what I have. I sent u a message asking do I take the bio complete 3 & total restore together, or is it the same. Please advise so this experience can be successful for me. I haven't been consistent because I'm not sure & do not want to waist the product or my money. Please get back to me ASAP! THANKS

Thank you very much!
December 3, 2022
Since I started to take the Total Restore Capsule supplement daily as instructed, I eventually felt more energetic. I greatly appreciate Dr Steven Gundry for sharing his God given gift talent to mankind. Thank you very much and may our Lord God bless him more including his entire family and staff.

Sickness protection / energy
December 3, 2022

I have been taking Vital Reds for about 5 years. I know when I have missed my daily dosage. It gives me a lot of energy and helps protect me from sickness. My husband has been home for the past two weeks with a terrible cold, terrible cough, etc. He keeps asking me “why are you never sick?” He wants to know what kind of vitamins do you take? He is onboard now with supplemental vitamins for his health. Just give it a try! Thanks,

Sylvia Crawford

December 2, 2022

Total restore has help me stay sleep instead of waking up every two hrs . I haven’t yet notice the weight lost yet but it’s coming …

Thank you Dr. Gundry

Energy Increase is great
December 1, 2022
With Lectin Shield, I'm able to enjoy the foods I love without fearing I'll have to run to the bathroom immediately after. Digesting the things I eat properly gives me more energy and I can snack on healthy salads instead of loaded sweets. My favorite is broccoli salad, but it can be difficult to digest without Lectin Shield. I totally love this product! Thank you.

Try the diet for yourself….its not hard
December 1, 2022
Feel Great after 3 years of using vital reds! Arthritis is gone after eliminating nightshades! You could use quinoa if you pressure cook it….you got that wrong!

Greatly decreased bloating and increased bowel function!
November 30, 2022
I am writing to report that I feel that taking Total Restore for over 40 days now that I am seeing good results in my bowel function. Also, there is way less bloating. I am a 10-year breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed November 2021 with Metastatic Breast Cancer, it has reoccurred in the bones. What lead to this diagnosis though was a bowel issue that took me to the emergency room this visit resulted in a CT scan that showed the liaison. There is no in MTB in any of the organs. I started taking the Total Restore in September 2022. Took it for 30 days wasn't sure if I noticed a difference. So, I stopped taking it. Did not take it for 2 months and did notice that I was feeling very bloated and not having a regular bowel movement. I had consulted my oncologist what she thought the first go around about taking the Total Restore, she looked at the list of ingredients and didn't feel that it would cause a problem with the Letrozole that I am taking. She asked me how it went, and I said that I noticed a slight difference. She suggested I try it for a little longer. I purchased a 90-day supply and as stated earlier I am about 40ish days in. I do notice a difference in way less bloating and more regular bowel movements. I went from a bowel movement a week to 1 a day. Also, I need to state that I am not taking any opioid pain medication so that not what has caused the bowel problem. That is still undetermined. Again, I feel that I am moving in the right direction with the Total Restore supplement.

November 30, 2022

I started using my vital reds about one month ago.., I try to use before my breakfast between my lunch hour. I enjoy the fresh taste in my month as I swallow it … my minds is telling me mmmm delicious. At the same I feel better knowing I am doing a great start to a better to improve my day,I say about an half hour or less I feel satisfied light in my stomach.I also noticed my belly is out bloated or gases .

My notice my routine is improving my digestion very good ..I DONT feel tired at midday… as I use to . Happy to see your experience in Instagram.I have made an effort to do more in eating out and starting to make better choice in my daily intake of what not to eat .

Happy stomach
November 29, 2022
So far Total Restore has been amazing, I normally have stomach issues like bloating and an unsettling feeling. After about a week and a half no more issues. It’s nice to have a settled stomach for once.

Feeling good and loose more weight
November 29, 2022
I started taking vital reds less than a month ago and I have more energy . I also noticed I sleep better.

One month review
November 28, 2022

It’s been about a month since beginning Lectin Shield. I haven’t noticed any adverse affects, but I also can’t confirm for sure at this time if it’s helping either. I can say I have stayed on my exercise regime, as recommended, and I have noticed the benefits of daily exercise. I actually look forward to my daily speed walks. I haven’t really changed my diet, but I mostly eat pretty healthy anyway. I have not experienced the usual yo-yo weight loss and weight gain, so thinking the Lectin Shield is doing what it claims to do. I’m hoping this next month will provide more insight into how it is affecting my lipids/ cholesterol. If I shed more weight and manage to keep it off keep it off. I have managed to lose and keep off about 3-4 lbs due to the walking I’m doing daily, so that’s a plus.

Bottom line, I think it’s helping, but I need more time.

Vital Red is an excellent source of supplement for our entire body
November 28, 2022
It has helped me with my stomach discomfort. I have energy and less fatigue especially in my brain. My brain fog has diminished slightly. And most importantly it taste delicious!

No more cravings
November 28, 2022

Have not experienced any weight loss. However, I have not been craving snacks, which is a good thing.

Easy to swallow capsules. Still waiting to experience that was advertised.

Vital Reds for good digestion!
November 28, 2022
Vital Reds make good health possible. My stomach doesn't digest well, and although I originally tried Vital Reds to make sure I got the "colors" in my diet, I found instantly that they helped my stomach empty. I take it 3x/day, after every meal, and it is a godsend! Thanks so much, Dr. Gundry! You nailed it!

Too early to tell
November 27, 2022

A bit early to tell conclusively. I am in my first month.

Vital Reds - a surprising result
November 27, 2022
I have been taking Vital Reds for more than a year now. I originally ordered it for the health benefits. At the time, I was also taking OTC Bi-Flex for knee pain according to a doc tor’s recommendation. My experience with Bi-Flex was as long as I didn’t miss a day taking it, I had no issues with my knee joint. However, if I skipped even one day, I felt the pain in my knee joint. While traveling out of state I ran out of the Bi-Flex but was still taking the Vital Reds. To my surprise, my knee joint didn’t start hurting. That was about a year ago and I haven’t taken Bi-Flex since. Now to be fair, if I miss about a week of taking the Vital Reds, I will experience the knee joint pain when going down steps. I can miss a day or two with no effect. Unlike the Bi-Flex. I’m very happy with my experience with the Vital Reds.

Joins are so much better will stay on Lectin Shield :)
November 27, 2022
With in a week or so I started to notice that my hands were not swelling especially the joints. Since then my whole body is feeling different. I didn't change what I eat and I do not have a weight problem. I'm the same size but just feeling younger and free to move around . I had problems with my elbows when I vacuumed not happening now. .