The Good Gut: Taking Control Of Your Weight, Your Mood, And Your Long-Term Health
ISBN: 0143108085
EAN13: 9780143108085
Language: English
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.3" L x 5.4" W
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The groundbreaking science behind the surprising source of good health

Stanford University's Justin and Erica Sonnenburg are pioneers in the most exciting and potentially transformative field in the entire realm of human health and wellness, the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms representing thousands of species to which our bodies play host, the microbes that we collectively call the microbiota. The microbiota interacts with our bodies in a number of powerful ways; the Sonnenburgs argue that it determines in no small part whether we're sick or healthy, fit or obese, sunny or moody. The microbiota has always been with us, and in fact has coevolved with humans, entwining its functions with ours so deeply, the Sonnenburgs show us, humans are really composite organisms having both microbial and human parts. But now, they argue, because of changes to diet, antibiotic over-use, and over-sterilization, our gut microbiota is facing a mass extinction event, which is causing our bodies to go haywire, and may be behind the mysterious spike in some of our most troubling modern afflictions, from food allergies to autism, cancer to depression. It doesn't have to be this way.

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4
   Take a broad spectrum good quality pro-biotic
Interesting to read, but the authors really take their time to get to the point. TLDR eats lots of fruits and vegetables. Lots of fiber : Probiotics take a good spectrum of broad quality. Eat Yogurt, Miso, Kefir, Kambucha and other fermented goods. When possible, avoid antibiotics, refined sugar and artificial preservatives, etc.
 
5
   This book is amazing. I never before realized how important the microbes ...
The book is amazing. I never realized how important the microbes are in our guts for our overall health.
 
5
   The Best
Excellent and enlightening, with scientific basis right down to recommendations and kid-tested recipes. Amazing insights on interaction between cellular level gut reactions and your mood and preferences. If you have never read another book about how to eat for optimal health... If you never read another book about how to eat for optimal health...
 
5
   Good to see scientists put their knowledge into practice with ...
Fascinating information that we all need to be aware of and integrate into our lives. It is good to see scientists put their knowledge into practice with their families.
 
3
   Some good information here.
It could have used better editing, however. There is a great deal of repetition, so much so that you might think that you accidentally went back and reread a section. I also expected more from the traditional American section, not just a handful of recipes that could be substituted for dietary dishes. It is not hard to include fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet, and none of the recipes did this at all. Overall, I'm quite disappointed in this book.
 
5
   Changed my diet
This book influenced me to change my diet for the better. It is amazing how the right information can change the way we think about what we put in our bodies. David Servan-Schreiber recommends reading this book back to back with Anticancer by Charles Servan-Schreiber. The concerns and recommendations of both books overlap nicely. My wife and I joke that we are now officially crunchy and make frequent references to foods that are good for our microbiota. I now crave food just as much for their health benefits as I do for their taste. And as the authors point out, much of what is so good for our gut will taste good to us once our bodies get used to consuming it. Read the book and change the way you view food forever.
 
3
   Keep looking
I found this book to be very disappointing ''. I was looking for ways to improve my gut health. Some of this info is there, but it is lost in stories and studies. Lots of info on child birth and children, which is useful to parents of childbearing age. I did not find a clear cut lay out of what I can do for my health. I expected more from a book by Andrew Weil than Andrew Weil.
 
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   Not for vegans
If you are vegan, don 't buy this book. I downloaded it in my kindle and just went through the pages I immediately noticed that all the recipes are non-vegan and non-vegetarian. I think that this should have been stated in the description section.
 
3
   If you're looking for practical tips, save your time by skipping this book and searching the web.
I expected a book with the subtitle Taking control of your weight, your mood and your long-term health would have more practical tips describing how to do just that. The majority of practical tips are contained in a chapter and in the menus. The focus of the book is not on how to control your health with your diet - the focus is on how our diets can affect our weights and moods. While this is interesting, this information offers me no advice on improving my gut. The book was written a few years too early and was written a few years too early. There is an overabundance of hypotheses and unknowns. The info that is there is repetitive. It could have been shortened to three or so chapters. I commend the authors for their research and passion, but if you're interested in practical ways to improve your gut microbiome, I'd suggest reading a few articles on this subject instead of spending time and money on this book.
 
5
   as it contains rigorous evidence-based medical advances in language and examples that are concise and easy for lay audiences to comprehend
I need this book for my nutrition students as it contains rigorously-based medical advances in language and examples that are concise and easy to comprehend for lay audiences. I completely recommend it if you are interested in learning about the microbiome without having to filter through insane websites that have no scientific merit whatsoever.
 
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