The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works.
In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy. And scientists are only just discovering quite how much it has to offer; new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer's.
Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook.
Gut definitely shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings. In this charming book, young scientist Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Her message is simple: if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to?
Find out in this surprising and surprisingly funny exploration of the least understood of our organs.
Giulia Enders is a two-time scholarship winner of the Heraeus Foundation and is doing research for her medical doctorate at the Institute for Microbiology in Frankfurt. In 2012 her presentation of Gut won her first prize at the Science Slam in Berlin and went viral on YouTube.
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I strongly recommend this book to everyone, even people who are only remotely interested in healthy lifestyle. This brilliant little book offers a glimpse into the hidden world inside us, with up to date scientific knowledge, but told in a simple and entertaining way! Giulia Enders I could not thank you enough for writing this book! I learned a lot! My personal favourite bacteria - L. Bacillus bulgaricus was also mentioned as one of the superstars.
The essence is that alongside better understanding of the processes in your digestive system, this book also gives you practical advice on easy to implement small changes, but with huge benefits for your health.
If anyone wants to understand their inner body, secrets to know how to fix things like- why we cannot lose weight, why night we be Depressed! , what the shape and color of our poop means, probiotics & antibiotics- Dr Enders has provided the BEST book possible!!! And Easiest format EVER.
LOVED LOVED LOVED HER INSIGHTS!
Wonderful narration of a fascinating subject
I bought this as an audio book and loved it - really beautifully narrated and incredibly interesting. The only problem I had was that I wanted to remember much of the contents, so I now need to buy it again as a hard copy or Kindle version, so that I can refer to it often. The subject matter is fascinating and perhaps all people should be taught this at school, perhaps when about 15, so that they know how to look after their health better.
Say something about yourself!
This book was very entertaining and imparted a great deal of information in a way that was both educational and at times laugh out loud toilet humour funny. Science for the non scientific mind and a book that answers the questions you most likely didn't know you wanted the answers to. So forget the chemical war on the microscopic world dwellers and get down and dirty with your helpful gut flora and enter a holistic world where probiotics and plant roughage are the order of the day.
Those hardworking good bacteria are the real stars of the show.
This is the first performance of Katy Sobey's I have heard and I felt that her narration was perfect for this book. She was clear, funny and never mispronounced a word or clouded the writers original meaning. The writer I believe is German but nothing seems to have been lost in translation.
Thanks for such a great insight to this often ignored or avoided part of our body! Will read this again, as there's lots of information to absorb.
Loves language learning, literature, history. Auditor and Business Advisor from the UK working in Warsaw and all CEE.
I have just completed my listening to this book, and am amazed by how much I learned. Not only is the alimentary canal looked at from a wide variety of perspectives but also a lot of general biology is covered and how the gut links in to the rest of the body. Some of the discoveries of recent science you can learn about in this book are really exciting and we can easily see how research into bacterial flora and enterotypes could improve medicine in the decades to follow.
I would like to redress the balance a little - not only of the good and bad bacteria in my own intestines but to express how surprised I am by the number of fellow reviewers critical of Katey Sobey's reading. I myself liked her voice and performance, if there are any mispronounced words I don't know which ones they were and would like to challenge that reviewer to state some examples and give time stamps. If there is any stiltedness then it is in the translation from the German which is on the whole good but you can really sense the underlying original coming through, especially in the bit about the threadworms, the term "arse-crawler" is not something you'll hear in English with anything like the frequency of Arschkriecher in German - and if anything you'd hear "licker" in English, but that wouldn't really apply to the threadworm and so what was the translator to do? Humour abounds - often a bit too anthropomorphic maybe for purists but it brings the subject to life. Katey's cut-glass accent sounds in terms of timbre quite like Giulia's reading of her own book in German although Katey's diction is superior in English to Giulia's in German in my own opinion. I look forward to more read by the same narrator. The idea that she spoiled the text is really far from my own view, but these things are subjective. You get a five minute preview, so use that and decide if you like the voice or not, rather than buy it blind (deaf??) and then moan.
I have some outstanding questions for Giulia from the book. These are the questions I had which have not been answered by the book although I was hoping to know the answers. Also included. If anyone knows and wants to answer in response I'll be happy.
1. I don't feel that enough attention was given to the gall bladder and also what the options are about gall bladder surgery and also what happens after a gall bladder removal. Given that this is the most frequent surgical procedure I can imagine a lot of people would like to hear insights about what to look out for in a world without the GB and how this affects everything else that was spoken about.
2. Fasting is a discipline practised by cultures all around the world and people make all manner of claims in favour of it, from spiritual claims to the 5:2 diet. It would have been good to have had some input about fasting. In particular joining back to my first question, can fasting cause gallstones and should a person continue to fast who has had his GB out?
And now a question which arose from the listening itself:
3. Toxoplasma gondii - what can we do to find out if we have this parasite and how to get rid of it, or is that simply impossible. If this is behind some people's mental health issues, then what can be done to help them?
That's not exhaustive but were my biggest questions unanswered.I am still going to give 5 stars because it is impossible to foresee every reader's queries and it would be churlish to mark down an informative and enjoyable book just because it still leaves some things unsaid.
I'll go back to my paper copy. I love audiobooks, but the voice on this audiobook is unbearable.
The reader seemed to lack all interest in what she was reading. She read as if to a group of idiots. Terrible.
Well worth a listen - avoid meal times. I listened on my walk to and from work
"Sweet and educational"
I feel like this book has given a lot. It presents its information in a way that makes it easy to absorb. And the performance almost had me believe the author of the book read it :P
Anyways, I haven't taken any courses in medicine, but my roomy who is studying to become a doctor said she got a far few things out of the book as well :)
"Mandatory for nervous gut types"
This book is choc full of interesting stories, actionable life changes and fascinating detail. Because it's so detailed, I tended to drift off a bit so will be back for another listen later.
I remember her talking about the different kinds of bacteria and how antibiotics is like nuclear bomb for both good and bad bacteria.My big takeaway was to add yoghurt to my diet - just normal, plain yoghurt as the Yakult and other pro-biotic stuff is all marketing.
Katy sound like a scientist. She made it a pleasant to listen to book, but on the negative side, Giulia had too many cutesy, writer-ish analogues for the gut functions which just became a bit saccharine and, read by Katy, they came over sometimes as patronising. That's when I tended to drift (and why I need to read this again).
It got a bit boring 2/3 way through - but that is why experts are experts, I suppose. A normal person just wouldn't have the enertia to take us through such a long journey.
I'm trying to lose weight (47yrs old) and this gave me a good heads up on a few things that might help. I'd recommend this book. I listened to it over several long bike rides and think walking might be a better way to "read" it. :)
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