The Good Gut

  • by Justin Sonnenburg, Erica Sonnenburg
  • Narrated by Marc Cashman
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking guide to the surprising source of good health
Genetics and lifestyle are thought to be the two most important determinants of good health. But that is not the whole story. We have a second genome, our gut bacteria, that sets the dial on our bodies. Unlike our DNA, we can influence the gut bacteria, or microbiota, to optimize all aspects of our health.
In The Good Gut, noted Stanford researchers Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, who are doing cutting-edge research on the microbiota, investigate how the trillions of microbes that reside in our gastrointestinal tract help define us, affecting everything from our immune response to our weight, allergic reactions, aging and emotions; how they are under threat from the Western diet, our antibiotics, and our sterilized environment; and how we can nurture our individual microbiota.
This is urgent news. The recent change in our gut microbiota is linked to the alarming increase in obesity and autoimmune diseases. Our intestinal microbiota play an important role in the prevalence of predominantly Western afflictions, such as cancer, diabetes, allergies, asthma, autism, and inflammatory bowel diseases. These gut bacteria are facing a mass extinction, and the health consequences are dire.
How can we keep our microbiota off the endangered species list? How can we strengthen the community that inhabits our gut and thereby improve our own health?
Your prescription for gut health is unique to you, and it changes as you age. The Good Gut offers a new plan for health that focuses on how to nourish your microbiota, including recipes and a menu plan. Drs. Sonnenburg look at safe alternatives to antibiotics; dietary and lifestyle choices to encourage microbial health; the management of the aging microbiota; and the nourishment of your own individual microbiome.
Includes a bonus PDF with recipes.


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Customer Reviews

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Best book on nutrition I've read

I'm very skeptical of nutrition advice because I feel like we're constantly being told different things, but this book is so fully supported scientifically and addressed in such a practical and thoughtful manner, I can't help but love it. It's extremely educational and at the same time just makes so much sense. The authors are also really good about admitting what the scientific community doesn't know for sure yet, and great about pointing out the whole correlation vs causation issue. I trust these guys and will be taking their advice to make my diet more gut friendly!
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- Suzanna Bridges

Not as good as Brain Maker but good.

I listen to this book back to back with the brain maker. Overall this book unlocked a lot of information but I would definitely suggest the brain maker over this book. He's far off on his information about saturated fats animal fats, gluten and some other foods. To understand more on those foods read wheat belly, why we get fat, the Bulletproof diet among others in that line of thinking. But over all I would deathly suggest adding up your arsenal.
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- Jeremy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio