The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works.
In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy. And scientists are only just discovering quite how much it has to offer; new research shows that gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer's.
Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research and going on to explain everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression, Enders has written an entertaining, informative health handbook.
Gut definitely shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings. In this charming book, young scientist Giulia Enders takes us on a fascinating tour of our insides. Her message is simple: if we treat our gut well, it will treat us well in return. But how do we do that? And why do we need to?
Find out in this surprising and surprisingly funny exploration of the least understood of our organs.
Giulia Enders is a two-time scholarship winner of the Heraeus Foundation and is doing research for her medical doctorate at the Institute for Microbiology in Frankfurt. In 2012 her presentation of Gut won her first prize at the Science Slam in Berlin and went viral on YouTube.
©2015 Giulia Enders (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
Well done to Giulia!! She is so talented doctor who can explain complicated yet important subjects (and very new area of research) to a lay person like me who is facing difficulties maintaining good health (despite trying so many different ways) to understand how my gut works in such a fun and engaging language. Plus, how much I have to appreciate microbiome, eco-system in my body. There is so much valuable information that usually aren't discussed in the public education which can indicate the state of our health like bad breath, poops, winds...ect. Thanks to her now I'm even more intrigued about the subject and want to learn more. Thank you Giulia!!
I would you struggled to maintain my concentration had I not been entertained by the at times very witty delivery of the topic. The narrators performance also added to this. She didn't miss a single beat reading of all of those technical terms. Highly recommend to any young adult, soon to be parent or others or anyone interested in their health.
Enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening! Best book I have read in ages. The author has written very, very well and the narrator was easy to listen to and brought the book to life! Read it today, you won't be disappointed.
This book is very informative and is presented in a fun and light hearted way. There is a lot of information in it and it is easy to listen to more than once as each time you pick up something you may have missed the first time
The narration was clear and dynamic but the information was fascinating. I learned a lot from this book and hope she writes more on the topic soon. She has a knack for making complex biology simple and understandable.
Wish this book was around when I studied to be a Registered Nurse, its content is not only easy to understand, its a unique educational book that allows its reader to visualise and understand the workings of the human body in fascinating way. Thank you :)
Well worth a listen - avoid meal times. I listened on my walk to and from work
"Sweet and educational"
I feel like this book has given a lot. It presents its information in a way that makes it easy to absorb. And the performance almost had me believe the author of the book read it :P
Anyways, I haven't taken any courses in medicine, but my roomy who is studying to become a doctor said she got a far few things out of the book as well :)
"Mandatory for nervous gut types"
This book is choc full of interesting stories, actionable life changes and fascinating detail. Because it's so detailed, I tended to drift off a bit so will be back for another listen later.
I remember her talking about the different kinds of bacteria and how antibiotics is like nuclear bomb for both good and bad bacteria.My big takeaway was to add yoghurt to my diet - just normal, plain yoghurt as the Yakult and other pro-biotic stuff is all marketing.
Katy sound like a scientist. She made it a pleasant to listen to book, but on the negative side, Giulia had too many cutesy, writer-ish analogues for the gut functions which just became a bit saccharine and, read by Katy, they came over sometimes as patronising. That's when I tended to drift (and why I need to read this again).
It got a bit boring 2/3 way through - but that is why experts are experts, I suppose. A normal person just wouldn't have the enertia to take us through such a long journey.
I'm trying to lose weight (47yrs old) and this gave me a good heads up on a few things that might help. I'd recommend this book. I listened to it over several long bike rides and think walking might be a better way to "read" it. :)
"Brilliant and so interesting!"
I strongly recommend this book to everyone, even people who are only remotely interested in healthy lifestyle. This brilliant little book offers a glimpse into the hidden world inside us, with up to date scientific knowledge, but told in a simple and entertaining way! Giulia Enders I could not thank you enough for writing this book! I learned a lot! My personal favourite bacteria - L. Bacillus bulgaricus was also mentioned as one of the superstars.
The essence is that alongside better understanding of the processes in your digestive system, this book also gives you practical advice on easy to implement small changes, but with huge benefits for your health.
If anyone wants to understand their inner body, secrets to know how to fix things like- why we cannot lose weight, why night we be Depressed! , what the shape and color of our poop means, probiotics & antibiotics- Dr Enders has provided the BEST book possible!!! And Easiest format EVER.
LOVED LOVED LOVED HER INSIGHTS!
Incredibly interesting but the narrator was a bit stilted and often mispronounced words.
Still a fantastic and enlightening listen though.
Thanks for such a great insight to this often ignored or avoided part of our body! Will read this again, as there's lots of information to absorb.
"The book of the decade!"
Wonderful narration of a fascinating subject
I bought this as an audio book and loved it - really beautifully narrated and incredibly interesting. The only problem I had was that I wanted to remember much of the contents, so I now need to buy it again as a hard copy or Kindle version, so that I can refer to it often. The subject matter is fascinating and perhaps all people should be taught this at school, perhaps when about 15, so that they know how to look after their health better.
"More Than Just a Gut Feeling"
This book was very entertaining and imparted a great deal of information in a way that was both educational and at times laugh out loud toilet humour funny. Science for the non scientific mind and a book that answers the questions you most likely didn't know you wanted the answers to. So forget the chemical war on the microscopic world dwellers and get down and dirty with your helpful gut flora and enter a holistic world where probiotics and plant roughage are the order of the day.
Those hardworking good bacteria are the real stars of the show.
This is the first performance of Katy Sobey's I have heard and I felt that her narration was perfect for this book. She was clear, funny and never mispronounced a word or clouded the writers original meaning. The writer I believe is German but nothing seems to have been lost in translation.
"Extremely irritating voice"
I'll go back to my paper copy. I love audiobooks, but the voice on this audiobook is unbearable.
The reader seemed to lack all interest in what she was reading. She read as if to a group of idiots. Terrible.
"The voice spoils it."
Voice is electronic and irritating but the subject fascinating. I will buy a paper copy.
Brilliant book full of a tonne of useful information which you can put into practise immediately to improve your health
"Not what I expected"
Was hoping for more suggestions on good foods to eat and certain others to avoid. This book focuses more on the internal actions of certain chemicals etc and was a good listen but not what I was expecting
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