Jordan Rubin is regarded by many as one of the most respected and beloved natural health experts in America. His battle and triumph over Crohn’s disease has resonated with millions around the world and is one of the most dramatic natural health stories ever told. A successful entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, international motivational speaker and television personality, Jordan’s message of health and wellness is a beacon to the masses looking for answers that will help them take control of their health.
Jordan grew up in a health-conscious family. His father, trained as a naturopathic doctor and chiropractor, taught Jordan the principles of natural health at an early age. At age 19, Jordan--then a freshman at Florida State University--saw his health suddenly deteriorate, including an alarming weight loss of 80 pounds. He experienced excruciating digestive pain and nausea before he was ultimately diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a supposedly incurable chronic illness that wreaks havoc on the digestive and immune systems. Wheelchair-bound and wasting away, Jordan's weight bottomed out at 104 pounds. He was told by a doctor that it was "the worst case of Crohn's" he had ever seen, and that he did not expect Jordan to live much longer.
Despite this grim diagnosis, Jordan and his family were determined to fight the disease. They sought the help of over 70 conventional and alternative medical experts, but to no avail. After numerous hospitalizations and nearly two years of pain and suffering, Jordan's quest for answers concluded with a visit to a California nutritionist. The man, who Jordan credits as the inspiration for his dramatic health turnaround, simply told Jordan that he was not healthy because he was not following a health plan based on the bible, proven through history, and confirmed by science. Inspired by this advice, Jordan meticulously studied hundreds of biblical references about living a healthy lifestyle. He revamped his diet, relying on whole foods consumed in biblical times: raw, organically grown whole grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as fermented dairy, grass-fed beef and poultry. He also added a daily regimen of probiotics teeming with beneficial bacteria. The results were beyond anything Jordan could have hoped for. After 40 days on a biblically based diet, Jordan gained 29 pounds. The health revitalization he had been praying for had finally arrived. By his 21st birthday he was tipping the scales at more than 180 pounds, free of the digestive problems that had plagued him for years, and ready to reclaim his life.
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of Life Jordan was deeply affected by his restored health. He promised he would dedicate the rest of his life to sharing his health wisdom with the rest of the world and transforming the health of the nation and world one life at a time. Jordan wanted to provide others with the educational resources and whole food supplements that spurred his recovery. In 1998 he founded a company that would later become Garden of Life, now a leading whole food nutrition company. The company’s innovative products and commitment to efficacy quickly resounded with health-conscious consumers; by 2004 Garden of Life was named one of the fastest-growing privately held companies by Entrepreneur Magazine and Inc. 500.
As the company’s founder and CEO, Jordan spearheaded the formulation and development of more than 100 nutritional supplements, many of which are award-winning, top-sellers in the Natural Products Industry. In 2009, Garden of Life was acquired by Atrium Innovations, a publicly traded Canadian-based company with global branches worldwide. Jordan was retained as Garden of Life’s CEO and has firmly established himself as a visionary and a leader in the Natural Products Industry.