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Follow Your Gut How the Bacteria in Your Stomach Steer Your Health, Mood and More by Robert Knight, Brendan Buhler
  

Follow Your Gut How the Bacteria in Your Stomach Steer Your Health, Mood and More

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How the microscopic ecosystem within our bodies - particularly within our stomachs - has an astonishing impact on our health, mood and more. The book will guide readers on how to learn about their own microbiome and take steps towards understanding and improving their health, using the latest research as their guide. With a practical eye towards deeper knowledge and better decisions, the book includes a detailed tour of our micro-biome as well as an exploration of the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choices, birth method, and access to livestock on our children's lifelong health.

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Follow Your Gut How the Bacteria in Your Stomach Steer Your Health, Mood and More by Robert Knight, Brendan Buhler

Today we study the brain with painstaking detail. But we largely ignore what might prove to be the most important part of our body: the trillions of microbes that live inside us, especially in our gut. Increasingly, it looks like the harmless bacteria we each have - or lack - may hold the key to our most vexing health issues, including obesity, allergies, asthma and digestive problems. The makeup of this internal ecosystem varies wildly from person to person. Different people - even those in the same ethnic group, geographic region and immediate family - may have up to a 90% difference in the contents of our gut. (Compare this with our DNA, where all humans, worldwide, are 99.99% the same.) Evidence shows that small changes in the microbes present (altered by antibiotics, diet, geographic region, and so on) may affect weight, likelihood of disease and even psychological factors like risk-taking behaviour. Knight and Buhler explore the previously unseen world inside our bodies, in dynamic, accessible prose geared towards a general audience.

About the Author

Dr. Rob Knight is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and an assistant professor in the Computational Biosciences Program at the University of Colorado Denver. Brendan Buhler is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, California Magazine and Sierra Magazine. His story on Rob Knight's work was selected for the 2012 edition of The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

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Publication date

7th April 2015

Author

Robert Knight, Brendan Buhler

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www.brendanbuhler.com/
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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
128 pages

Categories

Lifestyle & Health
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ISBN

9781471138904

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