• by Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by Katy Sobey
  • 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain, 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."


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Best Gut Microbe Book Around

If you are looking for a book on gut microbes and want to avoid pseudoscience and delve into a book which contains solid science, this book is an excellent choice. Oddly, I find that ratings for pseudoscience books like Perlmutter's Grain Brain are often higher than they are for books written by responsible scientists who will not make claims or provide any suggestions that are not scientifically studied and replicated. My guess is that real science, which doesn't yet have all the answers about microbes, is far less sexy than pseudoscience books that can make any claim or suggestion they like, while playing fast and loose with the actual available evidence.

The Good Gut by the Sonnenberg's contained a hippie vibe as well as solid science. This book has less of a hippie vibe but is far more rigorous than even the Sonneberg's book. So even if you were hoping for more of a hippie vibe, I would actually recommend this book over The Good Gut, only because it's actual scientific content is better. Adding to that, Enders is a fantastic writer and her tour of the human digestive system was absolutely fantastic. I have not found such a wonderful description in any other book.
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- serine

Better Than "Gulp"!

I like Mary Roach, a lot. But she has a deviously wicked way of wantonly wallowing in the perversely humorous. While I smile a lot with her books, my toes have a tendency of curling...
"Gut" was delightful without being, well, dare I say it? Gross. Even though topics are covered such as: Is it better to sit or squat whilst pooing (Squat! Squat!)
And I was reminded of the "Time with Timer" series that used to come on after school (yes, I'm that old), where a microscopic being would take kids on tours of the inner body. Okay, so now I'll really relish each bite of cake I ever eat again.
I found this book to be enlightening, entertaining, wonderfully narrated. And as somebody who has trouble with crazy diets, I do believe it'll be helpful as I treat to eat mindfully.
And bravo to people who volunteer for scientific studies! And kudos to the hamsters who are probably wondering, "You want to study THAT? From me?!?"
A wonderful, gigglesome 7+ hour journey into that final frontier: You
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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios