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.