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Gut : The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ - Giulia Enders

Gut

The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ

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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.

Read Caroline Baum's Review

This is my favourite science book in ages. And it's about the most exciting new area of research in medicine; the microbiome - or, to put it more bluntly, the bacteria in your gut: the good flora and the bad bugs. Enders answers all the questions that usually prompt embarrassment or crude jokes about bodily functions involving the intestine and bowel, and it's written in very entertaining, accessible, jargon-free language.

Just two examples of its many fascinating facts: you need your appendix more if you live somewhere like Spain or India, because it is a frontline weapon when it comes to food poisoning. And did you know that there is a pain-killer in our saliva that is more powerful than morphine?

Those with gluten and fructose intolerances will find much to explain their conditions, but you don't need to be suffering from anything other than a mild dose of curiosity to enjoy this.

About the Author

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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4.6

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97%

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  • Well written (24)
  • Deserves multiple readings (22)
  • Page-turner (7)

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'Gut' is a must have

'Gut' is a fascinating look at how our digestive system works and how closely connected it is to our nervous system and brain. I found myself sharing tidbits of information with anyone who...Read complete review

'Gut' is a fascinating look at how our digestive system works and how closely connected it is to our nervous system and brain. I found myself sharing tidbits of information with anyone who would listen and I was often reflecting while reading that certain statements made so much sense.

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Dont trust your gut feeling

I use books for information and entertainment. books such as "Gut" I expect to inform me in a clear and engaging way without talking down

I use books for information and entertainment. books such as "Gut" I expect to inform me in a clear and engaging way without talking down

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superb book

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    Answers a lot of questions in an easy to read way.

     
    5.0

    Very informative

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        This book was recommended to me. I found it very informative and very easy to understand the medical implications.

         
        5.0

        Highly recommended read

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        • Informative
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          We are starting to hear a lot about gut bacteria and this book explains exactly what happens in our digestive system. Breaking myths along the way (our appendix being useless) the book is an easy read to anyone, not just those with a scientific leaning.

           
          5.0

          A good handbook

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          from The Bellarine, Victoria

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            I originally bought the audiobook but bought the printed book as well as I wanted to refer to it now and again. I have also lent the book to friends and family. There was so much i didn't know about the human body.

             
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              Bought it specifically for information regarding regarding the gut and it has been useful. Very readable and well illustrated.

               
              5.0

              digestive tract helpfulness

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              from melbourne

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Read
              • Informative
              • Medical Help For Stomach
              • Well Written

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                A most accessible and informative text for people who are troubled by allergy and stomach concerns. Also does duty as a general informative book for anyone who takes care of themselves, physically.

                 
                5.0

                Easily one of the best resource books I have ever read

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                  'Gut' takes a information heavy, complicated topic and makes it fun and interesting. I've never been so engaged about the inner workings of my body, nor has everything made so much sense.

                  What a brilliant piece of work!

                  I've already given two copies to friends/family!

                   
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                  Funny Gut

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                    Learn to love your Gut bacteria: everything you wanted to know (but were too squeamish to ask) about your digestive system in a funny and fascinating package - with great cartoons too!

                     
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                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Read
                    • Even Your Doctor Should
                    • Informative
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                      very fast delivery.
                      The author has written in a very amusing way to disclose much information.

                       
                      5.0

                      If you buy Only One book this year

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                      • Life Enhancing
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                        I will not lend this book to anyone. It is worth reading and re-reading.
                        Did not realise that the workings of our GUT could be so vital to our health

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                        'A publishing sensation that... sets out to free toilet talk from its taboo.';-The Times;;'Enders' gut manifesto calls on its readers to celebrate their lower bodies' achievements, rather than apologise for them.';-Guardian;;'[Enders] is utterly, charmingly obsessed with the gut, gut bacteria and poo. She writes and talks about her subject matter with such childlike enthusiasm it's infectious ... The perfect toilet book.';- Annalisa Barbieri, Guardian;;'Giulia Enders has a warm and simple prose style and her sister's illustrations are delightful.';- William Cook, Spectator;;'Giulia Enders takes a no-nonsense approach to bodily functions ... [Gut] reads like a breeze ... you can totally see why it's been massive.';- Grazia;;'[Enders is] a publishing sensation ... There is something compelling and refreshing about her curiosity and popular approach.';- Simon Usbourne, Independent;;'Enders's wonder at the strange ways of the gut is matched only by her incredulity at the limited public knowledge on the subject.';- The New York Times;;'This primer is everything you ever wanted to know about the gut (and then some), chattily and accessibly written in a uniquely Millennial and matter of fact way. An unexpected page turner. ... Her excitement about the subject matter is infectious. The fun yet informative black and white drawings throughout are her sister's handiwork. Refreshingly devoid of recipes, or any self help-y language.';- Self Magazine;;'[Gut] had me laughing aloud.';- Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist;;'The revelation that each of us depends on our individual living world, with far more inhabitants than there are people on earth, is surely sensational.';- Clive Cookson, Financial Times;;'Enders, a German research microbiologist, obviously adores her subject matter ... [her] project is to show how those essential functions of the human body that some people may consider unseemly or unspeakable are in fact wondrous and worthy of exultation.';- Karen Hitchcock, Weekend Australian;;'The world's most surprising page-turner.';- Anna Murphy, The Times;;'Like farmers, we can foster the right microbial balance by introducing better breeds into the resident stock in our gut world; we can even, it seems, manage our moods and mend our minds ... Each note reinforces her message that feeling miserable can be just as much about how the gut is performing as the state of our neurotransmitters ... Enders is particularly good at explaining why the gut is the body's largest sensory organ and how it works co-operatively with the brain to stabilise our emotional lives.';- Gail Bell, Sydney Morning Herald;;'A hugely informative and also entertaining look at a part of the body that we should stop ignoring.';- Country Living;;'If you only buy one health book this year make it this one. It's educational, funny and a breeze to read. Get to grips with your gut!';- Signes Johansen, author of Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking: Scandilicious;;'Gut has more to offer than potty-language and a sense of humor ... It's hard not to be awed by Enders' vast knowledge of anatomy and microbiology and share her fascination with the 100 trillion tiny creatures in our tummies.';- Beauty and Wellbeing

                        ISBN: 9781925106671
                        ISBN-10: 9781925106671
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 272
                        Published: 1st June 2015
                        Publisher: Scribe Publications
                        Country of Publication: AU
                        Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.6  x 2.0
                        Weight (kg): 0.28