Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

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Greystone Books Ltd, 2015 - Science - 256 pages
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Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain and yet we know very little about how it works.Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author's wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit. Along the way, the author provides practical advice such as the best ways to sit on the toilet to have a comfortable bowel movement, how clean your kitchen should be for optimum gut health, and how different laxatives work. She tells stories of gut bacteria that can lead to obesity, autoimmune diseases, or even suicide, and she discusses the benefits of dietary supplements such as probiotics. This book is a fascinating primer for anyone interested in how our ideas about the gut are changing in the light of cutting-edge scientific research. In the words of the author, We live in an era in which we are just beginning to understand just how complex the connections are between us, our food, our pets and the microscopic world in, on, and around us. We are gradually decoding processes that we used to believe were part of our inescapable destiny.”

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Excellent. Given the book's popularity and the author's youth, I was half expecting an easy-read potboiler. Not at all. Lively style, some goodish jokes and a driving commitment to enlighten the ... Read full review

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User Review  - hmskip - LibraryThing

The more books I read about my gut, the less I seem to know. This book is one of the better ones because it (a) gets into the details of why scientists might think this or that, (b) tells you when the ... Read full review


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Giulia Enders, MD is a two-time scholarship winner studying medicine at the Institute for Microbiology in Frankfurt. Her presentation of Darm mit Charme (Gut Charm) won her first prize at the Science Slam in Berlin and went viral on YouTube.

Jill Enders is a graphic designer whose main focus is communication in science, and the founder of a collaborative network of designers and scientists.

David Shaw was born in Leeds, UK. He has worked at Deutsche Welle, Germany's international news broadcaster since 1995. Shaw has an M.A. from the University of Bath in Interpreting and Translating German and Russian, where his thesis was on the adaptation of German Television news texts for an international, English speaking audience. He regularly translates books from German to English.

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