07 November, 2016

Gut : the inside story of our body's most underrated organ by Giulia Enders

I am a sucker for those 'learn how things work' type of books (so long as it doesn't get too technical of course).  This one does not disappoint, informative while still being accessible to the casual reader you learn many  things about your digestive system and why it is so important for good health. 

Not just a boring run through the mouth to anus journey, this book is full of humour and funny anecdotes and encompasses a great deal of knowledge. For example: studies have shown that our gut bacteria has the ability to influence cravings in our brain for particular foods. 
As she says: "We do not yet know whether different bacteria express different desires. When we give up sweets, we eventually stop missing them so badly at some point. Is that because the gummy bear and chocolate lobby has been starved out? We can only speculate."

Communication between gut and brain is one of the fastest areas of medical research, and our gut reactions are intimately connected with our physical and mental well-being. Enders uses up to date research to show how scientists are finding out more about how the gut can affect the body in surprising ways, like the links between certain gut flora and depression, risk taking and suicide. A treasure trove of fascinating information.

Recommended for those who would like to know more about how their bodies work, but are afraid of biological/medical jargon. Also try Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal / Mary Roach

Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library

Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration

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