The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health

The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health

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ISBN-13: 9780143108085
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 73,582
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JUSTIN SONNENBURG, PhD, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2009, he was the recipient of an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.

ERICA SONNENBURG, PhD, is currently a senior research scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, where she studies the role of diet on the human intestinal microbiota.

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We all know that much of our health is predeter­mined by our genes. We also know that we can gener­ally improve our health if we eat right, exercise, and manage our stress. But how to do those things is a matter of great debate. Many well-meaning health programs are focused solely on weight loss or heart health, but what if there was a second genome, one that held the key to much of our overall health, but one that we could influence by very specific (and often surprising) lifestyle choices? Well, this second genome exists. It belongs to the bacteria that inhabit our gut and is vital to our overall well-being, in countless ways. The details of how these intestinal bac­teria, known as the microbiota, are hard-wired into health and disease are starting to come to light and they are reshaping what it means to be human.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

1 What Is the Microbiota and Why Should I Care? 9

2 Assembling Our Lifelong Community of Companions 35

3 Setting the Dial on the Immune System 61

4 The Transients 85

5 Trillions of Mouths to Feed 111

6 A Gut Feeling 137

7 Eat Shit and Live 163

8 The Aging Microbiota 187

9 Managing Your Internal Fermentation 209

Menus and Recipes 227

Acknowledgments 267

Appendix 269

Notes 271

Bibliography 283

Index 293

What People are Saying About This

David Perlmutter

Virtually every aspect of health and vitality is influenced by the collection of microbes living within us. The Good Gut empowers the reader with the opportunity to embrace this leading edge science in an actionable, user-friendly way. --David Perlmutter, MD and author, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

From the Publisher

David Perlmutter, MD and author, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
"Virtually every aspect of health and vitality is influenced by the collection of microbes living within us. The Good Gut empowers the reader with the opportunity to embrace this leading edge science in an actionable, user-friendly way."

Mark Hyman, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and author, #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution
"We are facing a mass genocide threatening the lives of billions of people across the globe. It is the killing and harming of our own inner garden, our gut bacteria, by our processed diet, antibiotics, acid blockers and other gut busting drugs.  The Good Gut for the first time connects the dots between the health of our gut flora or microbiome and our health. A bad gut causes heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disease and more, while a good gut can prevent and heal most of what ails us in the 21st century.  If you want to learn how to cultivate your own inner garden and create abundant good health, read The Good Gut!"

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Professor, Harvard Medical School and author, Ending the Food Fight
"Microbes in our gut outnumber the cells in our body by more than 3 to 1.  We’d better make peace with them.  The Sonnenburgs show us how in their fascinating book, The Good Gut.  I recommend it to everyone who eats."

David S. Ludwig

Microbes in our gut outnumber the cells in our body by more than 3 to 1. We'd better make peace with them. The Sonnenburgs show us how in their fascinating book, The Good Gut. I recommend it to everyone who eats. --David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Professor, Harvard Medical School and author, Ending the Food Fight

Mark Hyman

We are facing a mass genocide threatening the lives of billions of people across the globe. It is the killing and harming of our own inner garden, our gut bacteria, by our processed diet, antibiotics, acid blockers and other gut busting drugs. The Good Gut for the first time connects the dots between the health of our gut flora or microbiome and our health. A bad gut causes heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disease and more, while a good gut can prevent and heal most of what ails us in the 21st century. If you want to learn how to cultivate your own inner garden and create abundant good health, read The Good Gut! --Mark Hyman, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and author, #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution

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