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Gut

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Alison Cane 12/05/2016
    Alison Cane 12/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, interesting read"

    An excellent narration and interesting book, I was fascinated from start to finish. It is well worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    dolly 19/03/2016
    dolly 19/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "So easy to understand a very complicated subjects"

    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!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kalanihannah 14/03/2016
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    "The Best Read"

    This is possibly one of my favourite books ever. insightful. Helpful. Inspiring. Very entertaining. Just get it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Brisbane, Australia 06/03/2016
    Jennifer Brisbane, Australia 06/03/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought provoking"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erica 08/06/2016
    Erica 08/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    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.

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    judy 20/04/2016
    judy 20/04/2016
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    "Very informative"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen 07/04/2016
    kathleen 07/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "On point"

    Loved the information and the narration; definitely worth reading; I suggest listening to this while walking.

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    Tanya 15/09/2015
    Tanya 15/09/2015
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    "im so much smarter now.."

    i loved it and learnt so much from this great book. want to listen to it again.

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    David Hervey Bay, Australia 29/12/2016
    David Hervey Bay, Australia 29/12/2016
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    "Essential health information for life."

    Better information than most doctors or the pharmaceutical industry could ever give you. Well written and narrated. Natural medicine and organic health is the future of wellbeing. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toby 29/09/2016
    Toby 29/09/2016
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    "Good introduction, lacks depth"

    Good introduction to the microbiome and gut-brain, but lacks depth. I spent the first 2/3rds of the book thinking the author was covering off requisite information before delving into the topic, but it never went any deeper. If you did biology in school or have done any anatomy/physiology study this book will just be a light revision, other than for the short section on the gut brain and depression, which was great.

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    28/07/15
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    "Fascinating book"

    Well worth a listen - avoid meal times. I listened on my walk to and from work

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Illy
    19/06/16
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    "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 :)

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    26/10/15
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    "Mandatory for nervous gut types"
    Would you listen to Gut again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gut?

    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.


    What does Katy Sobey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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. :)

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  • Di
    20/09/15
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    "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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Allissa
    11/12/15
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    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!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • C. Cooney
    16/08/15
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    "Great book"

    Incredibly interesting but the narrator was a bit stilted and often mispronounced words.

    Still a fantastic and enlightening listen though.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • David J. James
    Warsaw, Poland
    13/03/16
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    "I have to redress the balance"

    I have just completed my listening to this book, and am amazed by how much I learned. Not only is the alimentary canal looked at from a wide variety of perspectives but also a lot of general biology is covered and how the gut links in to the rest of the body. Some of the discoveries of recent science you can learn about in this book are really exciting and we can easily see how research into bacterial flora and enterotypes could improve medicine in the decades to follow.

    I would like to redress the balance a little - not only of the good and bad bacteria in my own intestines but to express how surprised I am by the number of fellow reviewers critical of Katey Sobey's reading. I myself liked her voice and performance, if there are any mispronounced words I don't know which ones they were and would like to challenge that reviewer to state some examples and give time stamps. If there is any stiltedness then it is in the translation from the German which is on the whole good but you can really sense the underlying original coming through, especially in the bit about the threadworms, the term "arse-crawler" is not something you'll hear in English with anything like the frequency of Arschkriecher in German - and if anything you'd hear "licker" in English, but that wouldn't really apply to the threadworm and so what was the translator to do? Humour abounds - often a bit too anthropomorphic maybe for purists but it brings the subject to life. Katey's cut-glass accent sounds in terms of timbre quite like Giulia's reading of her own book in German although Katey's diction is superior in English to Giulia's in German in my own opinion. I look forward to more read by the same narrator. The idea that she spoiled the text is really far from my own view, but these things are subjective. You get a five minute preview, so use that and decide if you like the voice or not, rather than buy it blind (deaf??) and then moan.

    I have some outstanding questions for Giulia from the book. These are the questions I had which have not been answered by the book although I was hoping to know the answers. Also included. If anyone knows and wants to answer in response I'll be happy.

    1. I don't feel that enough attention was given to the gall bladder and also what the options are about gall bladder surgery and also what happens after a gall bladder removal. Given that this is the most frequent surgical procedure I can imagine a lot of people would like to hear insights about what to look out for in a world without the GB and how this affects everything else that was spoken about.

    2. Fasting is a discipline practised by cultures all around the world and people make all manner of claims in favour of it, from spiritual claims to the 5:2 diet. It would have been good to have had some input about fasting. In particular joining back to my first question, can fasting cause gallstones and should a person continue to fast who has had his GB out?

    And now a question which arose from the listening itself:

    3. Toxoplasma gondii - what can we do to find out if we have this parasite and how to get rid of it, or is that simply impossible. If this is behind some people's mental health issues, then what can be done to help them?

    That's not exhaustive but were my biggest questions unanswered.I am still going to give 5 stars because it is impossible to foresee every reader's queries and it would be churlish to mark down an informative and enjoyable book just because it still leaves some things unsaid.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Jacky Pratt
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    16/12/15
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    "The book of the decade!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gut the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful narration of a fascinating subject


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Johnstone
    19/08/15
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    "An education"

    Brilliant book full of a tonne of useful information which you can put into practise immediately to improve your health

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • kim fletcher
    30/06/15
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    "Fascinating!"

    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    14/02/16
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    "Fantastic!"

    This book is amazing, although I am going to have to buy a paper version so I can go back, highlight, bookmark etc as there is so much useful info to take in.

    The first part is a general overview of the gut from mouth to butt describing its clever function. The next part highlights very recent and ground breaking research, linking gut bacteria (or lack of) and depression, removal of tonsils and curing of psoriasis, and many other fascinating things. Unfortunately they are all too new for your GP to be recommending yet.

    Highly recommended for everyone. Although this is medical/factual, it is extremely well written (and translated) and easy to read and understand if you have no medical background.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wood Smoke
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    9/01/16
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    "More Than Just a Gut Feeling"
    What did you like most about Gut?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Those hardworking good bacteria are the real stars of the show.


    Have you listened to any of Katy Sobey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Humberstone
    Sheffiled, England
    15/11/15
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    "Could not get past the awful narration"

    Very disappointed. The information is brilliant, I'm sure the book is really good however after half an hour of listening I have had to switch it off. I tried to listen several times but I cannot get past the awful, stilted narration. Such a shame.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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