Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ - by Guila Enders

My Rating: 3 Stars

This books is not a diet book. It is an informational book on how our gut works from pooping (and techniques for pooping) to the flora that resides in our gut. It is written in a simplified format with very little medical jargon. There are a lot (and I mean a lot) of analogies and metaphors used to explain how things work. This is a good book for people who just want a basic book to get a good understanding of how the stomach and intestines work. If you are looking for something more complicated and peppered with medical terms and medical pictures, then you will be disappointed.

I thought the book was interesting and I did learn some new things. The analogies and metaphors can make it easy to understand the concepts but overall I thought it was a little to simplified and bordering on being cutesy. Some of the information is useful and a lot was just ok. I was hoping to get some good and useful information about the bacteria in our guts and the role in plays but there just wasn't anything useful. By the time I got to this part of the book, I was getting bored. Too many analogies at this point and not enough meat.  Yet she gives an inordinate amount of information on how pooping works and techniques for pooping (with pictures). Speaking of pictures, the illustrations in the book are all drawn by her older sister but they don't add to the book. Most are juvenile. They do not add to the book.

Overall, if you like to learn about the body and simple books without a lot of medical jargon and a little humor, you might like this book.

Book Description:

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain and yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author’s wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit. Along the way, the author provides practical advice such as the best ways to sit on the toilet to have a comfortable bowel movement, how clean your kitchen should be for optimum gut health, and how different laxatives work. She tells stories of gut bacteria that can lead to obesity, autoimmune diseases, or even suicide, and she discusses the benefits of dietary supplements such as probiotics. This book is a fascinating primer for anyone interested in how our ideas about the gut are changing in the light of cutting-edge scientific research. In the words of the author, “We live in an era in which we are just beginning to understand just how complex the connections are between us, our food, our pets and the microscopic world in, on, and around us. We are gradually decoding processes that we used to believe were part of our inescapable destiny.”

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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