The Good Gut

The Good Gut

Taking Control of your Weight, your Mood, and your Long-term Health

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Penguin Putnam

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 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 we call the microbiota. The Sonnenburgs argue that the microbiota determines in no small part whether we’re sick or healthy, fit or obese, sunny or moody—and that the microbiota has always been with us, coevolving with humans and entwining its functions with ours. They show us that humans are really composite organisms with microbial and human parts. But now, because of changes to diet, antibiotic over-use, and over-sterilization, our gut microbiota is facing a “mass extinction event,” which may explain 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.
The Good Gut is a groundbreaking work that offers a new plan for health that focuses on how to nourish your microbiota, including recipes and a menu plan. The Sonnenburgs show how we can keep our microbiota off the endangered species list and strengthen the community that inhabits our gut and thereby improve our own health. In this important and timely investigation, they 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.
Caring for our gut microbes may be the most important health choice we can make.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780143108085
Branch Call Number: 616.079 So592g 2016
Characteristics: 301 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Sonnenburg, Erica


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May 30, 2016

Learned a lot. New area of science. Never understood until now why fiber is important. Revamping my diet. Hope it loses me a couple pounds.

Apr 16, 2016

i *loved* this book, and it's changed how I eat, and I feel much better! And I've lost 12 pounds, but that feels secondary. I recommend it.

Pamela_Jo Dec 04, 2015

Have you ever imagined that the human body is an ecosystem inhabited by trillions of friendly bacteria interacting with the body's systems to keep us healthy and happy? Amazing! Unfortunately, the over-use of antibiotics, anti-bacterial products, and a typical Western diet is causing a mass extinction of these essential microbes. The good news is that we can do something about it. "The Good Gut" delivers the fascinating science of our microbiome, along with the how-to's for taking care of it. Includes great-tasting recipes.

Jul 06, 2015

This book is up to date with research on 'the gut.' readable and useful.


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