Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition)

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition)

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“Everything you ever wanted to know about the gut (and then some).”

In this New York Times bestseller, scientist Giulia Enders reveals the secrets of your digestive system—including new research on the connection between your gut and your brain.

With quirky charm, science star and medical doctor Giulia Enders explains the gut’s magic, answering questions like: What’s really up with gluten and lactose intolerance? How does the gut affect obesity? What's the connection between our microbiome and mental health? Why does acid reflux happen? In this revised edition of her beloved bestseller, Enders includes a new section on the brain-gut connection, and dives into groundbreaking discoveries of psychobiotics—microbes with psychological effects that can influence mental health conditions like depression and even stress.

For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ. But it does more than just dirty work; it’s at the core of who we are, and this beguiling book will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they’re trying to tell you something important.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771643764
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 52,519
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)

About the Author

Giulia Enders, MD is a resident doctor for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and a two-time scholarship winner of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation. Her book, Gut, changed the way thousands of readers around the world understand the human digestive system. She lives in Mannheim and Frankfurt, Germany.

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.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 Gut Feeling 7

How Does Pooping Work? And Why That's an Important Question 12

The Gateway to the Gut 21

The Structure of the Gut 32

What We Really Eat 48

Allergies and Intolerances 58

A Few Facts About Feces 69

2 The Nervous System Of the Gut 77

How Our Organs Transport Food 81

Reflux 93

Vomiting 98

Constipation 108

The Brain and the Gut 122

3 The World of Microbes 143

I Am an Ecosystem 147

The Immune System and Our Bacteria 152

The Development of the Gut Flora 159

The Adult Gut Population 167

The Role of the Gut Flora 182

The Bad Guys-Harmful Bacteria and Parasites 196

Of Cleanliness and Good Bacteria 223

4 Update on the Brain-Gut Connection 261

New Discoveries 264

Clever Cravings for Fermented Foods 275

Acknowledgments 281

References 282

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