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The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

by Emeran Mayer


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Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.

We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut—the decision we made because it “felt right”; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has  by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota—the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract—communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies.

The Mind-Gut Connection describes:

· Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health

· The importance of early childhood in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children  thrive

The role of excessive stress and anxiety in GI ailments and cognitive disorders

How to “listen to your gut” and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you

· and much more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062376558
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 267,076
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Emeran Mayer, MD, has studied brain-body interactions for the last forty years. He is the executive director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and the codirector of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for the past twenty-five years, and he is considered a pioneer and world leader in the area of brain-gut microbiome interactions. 

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Our Body, the Intelligent Supercomputer

Chapter 1 The Mind-Body Connection Is Real 3

Chapter 2 How the Mind Communicates with the Gut 29

Chapter 3 How Your Gut Talks to Your Brain 51

Chapter 4 Microbe-Speak: A Key Component of the Gut-Brain Dialogue 75

Part 2 Intuition and Gut Feelings

Chapter 5 Unhealthy Memories: The Effects of Early Life Experiences on the Gut-Brain Dialogue 107

Chapter 6 A New Understanding of Emotions 137

Chapter 7 Understanding Intuitive Decision Making 167

Part 3 How to Optimize Brain-Gut Health

Chapter 8 The Role of Food: Lessons from Hunter-Gatherers 197

Chapter 9 The Onslaught of the North American Diet: What Evolution Did Not Foresee 225

Chapter 10 The Simple Road Toward Wellness and Optimal Health 263

Acknowledgments 291

Bibliography 293

Index 307

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