The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ

Book - 2015
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A New York Times Bestseller

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: The Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ 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. Aided with cheerful illustrations by Enders's sister Jill, this beguiling manifesto will make you finally listen to those butterflies in your stomach: they're trying to tell you something important.
Publisher: Vancouver :, Greystone Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781771641494
Branch Call Number: 612.3 END


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Jan 16, 2019

Informative, up-to-date and well written. Well worth a read if you want to know more about your body and live more healthily.

Jun 05, 2018

I have "attempted" to read numerous books focused on digestive health, but they were so dry and complicated that I'd just push them aside. Contrary to that format, this book was interesting, fun, and filled with valuable information. I gladly paid late fees when returning the book, as I chose to keep it longer so I could reread it cover to cover. I highly recommend it!

Mar 27, 2017

This book was a very informative and interesting read. Like a fun textbook!!

Feb 23, 2017

Excellent book that explains a great deal of current research so it is isn't hidden away in university libraries. So many things that were new to me as well as practical. Olive oil is supposed to be stored in the fridge to avoid it oxidizing (being damaged by AIR!), but try that and it will congeal; I switched to butter for cooking, as olive oil is also said to be damaged by heat. I enjoyed the whimsical writing style and amusing drawings, personifying body parts, bacteria, etc. (some hard-working, some lazy...) I found the last section on healthy gut bacteria a bit endless, but took away the message that more of them, in more variety, is very good.

SquamishLibraryStaff Feb 21, 2017

This book was informative without being too heavy. I already knew the gut was important, after all it extracts energy from our food which allows all other body functions to occur, but now I know more about HOW it does this, and WHY it chooses those methods. We also get close and friendly with bacteria, who are not all bad guys - in fact, far from it.

Jan 07, 2017

I avoided this book for quite a while as I thought it would be too clinical. Was I wrong! This is definitely one for those of us who wonder about our internal workings but don't want too much information of the dry medical research kind. The author has distilled the whole system down to its basics for us and presented the facts as we know them at present in a totally frank, matter-of-fact, understandable manner. The accompanying line drawings provide another way to understand what Enders is trying to convey. This is definitely not an academic tome. I liked the way she began at the mouth and continued through the whole system emphasizing the role of each stop on the way and the almost magical interplay of each process. Amazing that it all functions so well for so many of us. One of my takeaways is the value of a squat toilet. Now if only my legs would agree.

Aug 27, 2016

This is a lively explanation of the entire digestive system. It's not a topic I would usually choose to read about, but it was very clear, readable, and even amusing.

May 10, 2016

Poorly written and translated. It should be called "The Idiot's Guide to the Gut." The author appears to be in her teens.

Jan 07, 2016

Excellent read. Very informative.

Nov 28, 2015

This book explain the whole gut and how it functions in plain, easy to read, English. There are many good ideas of how to feel better which are easily implemented.

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Mar 07, 2017

"So, whether it's extra virgin olive oil or cheap fat from french fries, it all goes straight into the heart -- there is no detoxing detour via the liver as there is for everything else we digest.... Just as bad fat can have a negative effect, good fat can work wonders. Those who are prepared to spend that little bit extra on cold-pressed (extra virgin) olive oil will be dunking their baguette in a soothing balm for their heart and blood vessels." (p. 53)

Mar 07, 2017

"The mouth is a place of superlatives. The most powerful muscles in our body are the jaw muscles; the body's most flexible striated (not smooth) muscle is the tongue. Working together they are not only incredible crunchers, they are also nimble manipulators. Another candidate for the record books is tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance produced by the human body. And it needs to be, since our jaws can exert a pressure of up to 180 pounds (80 kilos) on each of our molars -- or approximately the weight of a grown man! When we encounter something hard in our food, we pound it with almost the equivalent force of an entire football team jumping up and down on it before we swallow it." (p. 82)

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