Summer Bock is an herbalist and fermentationist who guides people to experience a deeper level of healing.
Twelve years ago, I didn’t think I’d be writing this bio. A raver in my early twenties, devastating allergies emerged that left me exhausted, hive-ridden, and only able to consume 30 foods without reaction – an outlook that stumped the medical community.
Using chocolate and cappuccinos to prop myself up, I trained as an herbalist, got certified in integrative nutrition through Columbia University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Leveraging my background in microbiology and fascination with gut health, I healed myself through research and the formulation of various digestive bitters, which I now produce for my Guts & Glory online apothecary. I coined the phrase “Gut Rebuilding”, which is now cornerstone terminology in the functional medicine conversation.
Each week, I educate over 100,000 nutrition nerds at GutRebuilding.com, coaching thousands of others overcome the same symptoms that once rendered me unable to function.
I’ve been interviewed on many of the top health and wellness podcasts, authored the fermentation chapter in Find Your True Fork, and am featured in the book, Fermented Vegetables, by the Shockeys.
When not coaching others to optimum health or formulating new digestion protocols, I enjoy outdoor adventures with my boyfriend and living in our boat on the weekends.
I grew up in the South with a strong connection to the natural world. I enjoyed many long plant walks through the woods as a little girl, my mother leading the way with knowledge overflowing, and my sister and I trailing behind, chewing our “medicinal” twigs.
At 21, I found myself studying Herbal Medicine in New Mexico. After getting certified, I continued my education at The Evergreen State College in Washington state where I completed a B.S. in Nutrition and a B.A. Music Production.
I’m dedicated to helping people make the changes necessary to create amazing health and well-being through balanced intestinal flora.
My focus is on helping the health-seekers or vitalists. Those of you out there who have already begun the process of cracking open nutrition books and experimenting in the kitchen with gluten-free grains.
My specialties are almost all based on balancing the intestinal flora and improving digestion: ridding the body of Candida, allergies, chemical sensitivities, digestive disorders, and many other annoying health concerns that you have otherwise shrugged off as a normal part of life. It’s not. I know you can do something about it. And all it takes is changing your diet and cleaning up the toxins.
I received my training and certification to practice Health Coaching at the largest nutrition school in the US, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). IIN is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories—combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods. Some of my teachers were Deepak Choprah MD, Andrew Weil MD, David Wolfe and Paul Pitchford.
I am also certified through Columbia University in Integrative Nutrition.