Gut : The Inside Story of Our Bodys Most Under-Rated Organ

Giulia Enders

Physical

In Circulation

A cheeky up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system

For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it’s responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are. Gut, an international bestseller, gives the alimentary canal its long-overdue moment in the spotlight. With quirky charm, rising science star Giulia Enders explains the gut’s magic, answering questions like: Why does acid reflux happen? What’s really up with gluten and lactose intolerance? How does the gut affect obesity and mood? Communication between the gut and the brain is one of the fastest-growing areas of medical research—on par with stem-cell research. Our gut reactions, we learn, are intimately connected with our physical and mental well-being. Enders’s beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they’re trying to tell you something important.

What will you learn from this book

  1. The Gut-Brain Connection: The gut and the brain are closely connected through the gut-brain axis, with the gut often referred to as the "second brain." The health of the gut can influence mood, emotions, and cognitive function.

  2. Importance of Gut Microbiota: The gut is home to trillions of bacteria known as the gut microbiota, which play a crucial role in digestion, immune function, metabolism, and even mental health. Maintaining a diverse and balanced gut microbiota is essential for overall health.

  3. The Role of Digestive Processes: The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating waste. Understanding how digestion works can help optimize dietary choices and improve digestive health.

  4. Impact of Diet on Gut Health: Diet plays a significant role in shaping the composition of the gut microbiota. A diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods promotes a healthy gut environment, while processed foods and excessive sugar can disrupt gut microbiota balance.

  5. The Gut-Immune System Connection: The gut is a key component of the immune system, with specialized immune cells lining the intestinal walls to protect against harmful pathogens. Maintaining gut health is essential for supporting immune function and preventing illness.

  6. Gut Health and Chronic Diseases: Imbalances in gut microbiota have been linked to various chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Supporting gut health may help reduce the risk of these conditions.

  7. The Gut's Role in Nutrient Absorption: The gut absorbs essential nutrients from food and transports them to the bloodstream for distribution throughout the body. Optimal gut function is necessary for efficient nutrient absorption and utilization.

  8. The Influence of Stress on Gut Health: Stress can negatively impact gut health by altering gut microbiota composition, increasing inflammation, and affecting digestive processes. Strategies to manage stress, such as mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation techniques, can benefit gut health.

  9. The Importance of Regular Bowel Movements: Regular bowel movements are essential for eliminating waste and toxins from the body. Maintaining healthy bowel habits, including adequate hydration, fiber intake, and physical activity, supports optimal gut function.

  10. Listen to Your Gut: Paying attention to gut feelings and intuition can provide valuable insights into overall health and well-being. Tuning into gut sensations and addressing digestive symptoms promptly can help identify and address underlying health issues.

Language English
ISBN-10 938528861X
ISBN-13 9789385288616
No of pages 264
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Speaking Tiger Books
Published Date 14 Aug 2015

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Author : Giulia Enders

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