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The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health by [Sonnenburg, Justin, Sonnenburg, Erica]
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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."

Daphne Miller, MD author of Farmacology: Total health from the Ground Up and The Jungle Effect:
"Sonnenburg are two rising stars in the field of microbiology and immunology research. Lucky for us, they are willing and able to put scientific jargon aside and offer us a fascinating, funny, and easy-to-read book about the latest human microbiome discoveries and how these discoveries might help us  tend to our inner microbes so as to optimize our overall health."

Mark Liponis, MD, corporate medical director, Canyon Ranch:
"In The Good Gut, Stanford researchers and authors Justin and Erica Sonnenburg explain some of the mysteries of the invisible world inside us. Thanks to their insight and research, the rest of us can now benefit from understanding how to improve our health by taking care of the microbes living within us."

Adam Perlman, MD, executive director, Duke Integrative Medicine at Duke University:
"The 100 trillion bacteria that make up our gut microbiota represent the next great frontier in medicine and our understanding of how to obtain and maintain health. The Good Gut is a must read for anyone who struggles with health issues, from obesity to depression, and anyone looking to truly optimize their health and well-being."


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The groundbreaking science behind the surprising source of good health

Stanford University’s Justin and Erica Sonnenburg are pioneers in the most exciting and potentially transformative field in the entire realm of human health and wellness, the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms representing thousands of species to which our bodies play host, the microbes that we collectively call the microbiota. The microbiota interacts with our bodies in a number of powerful ways; the Sonnenburgs argue that it determines in no small part whether we’re sick or healthy, fit or obese, sunny or moody. The microbiota has always been with us, and in fact has coevolved with humans, entwining its functions with ours so deeply, the Sonnenburgs show us, humans are really composite organisms having both microbial and human parts. But now, they argue, because of changes to diet, antibiotic over-use, and over-sterilization, our gut microbiota is facing a “mass extinction event,” which is causing our bodies to go haywire, and may be behind the mysterious spike in some of our most troubling modern afflictions, from food allergies to autism, cancer to depression. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Good Gut
offers a new plan for health that focuses on how to nourish your microbiota, including recipes and a menu plan. In this groundbreaking work, the Sonnenburgs show how we can keep our microbiota off the endangered species list and how we can strengthen the community that inhabits our gut and thereby improve our own health. The answer is unique for each of us, and it changes as you age.

In this important and timely investigation, the Sonnenburgs look at safe alternatives to antibiotics; dietary and lifestyle choices to encourage microbial health; the management of the aging microbiota; and the nourishment of your own individual microbiome.

Caring for our gut microbes may be the most important health choice we can make.




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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2818 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143108085
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 21 2015)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OZ0TOV2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great book on what’s been discovered, so far, regarding gut microbes and how they can affect your health in good ways and bad.

-Lots of veggies, whole grains, beans and other fibery foods? You stave off heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, promote weight loss, increase your insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance (very good) and prevent a whole host of other lifestyle diseases. Whole food carbs are not bad!
-Too much meat consumption? You increase your risk for heart disease, courtesy the gut microbes that like to feast on meat. Red meat is the worst offender!
-Too little fiber? You increase insulin resistance (bad), promote inflammation (bad) and pack on the pounds (really bad) – triple downer all courtesy the gut microbes that thrive in environments void of the good fiber eating bacteria (these good guys die off if you eat a low carb diet).
-Formula vs. breast milk? You set your kid up for higher risks of allergies, asthma, obesity and other diseases. If you can please breast feed your baby!
-Antibiotics? They wipe out your gut microbe terrain, possibly altering that delicate area FOREVER.

Takeaway message? Eat whole foods with lots of fiber, little to no meat, introduce fermented foods into your diet and only use antibiotics if you really, really, really have to. Seems workable considering the health problems you’ll get if you don’t…
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This is a groundbreaking book. Issues of gut health which naturopaths have talked about for decades are finally being recognized as cutting-edge microbiology. For many people, this will be a paradigm shifter, opening up a fuller understanding of antibiotic and antibacterial use, probiotic replacement, and the evolving knowledge concerning how a rich and diverse gut flora influences overall health, immunity, and even mental states. The authors also focus heavily on dietary changes to promote gut health, pointing out the complexity of the gut environment and that the state of the art does not yet allow for targeted, individual microbe therapy. A comprehensive recipe section is included.

This is rapidly evolving science, and this book provides an excellent foundation for understanding the revolutionary changes in healthcare which this approach promises for the near future. As such, it is an excellent introduction to the topic for the lay person. Apart from the recipes and general dietary recommendations, however, it is rather short on specifics - since they don't really exist yet.

The book could also do with a rigorous edit. Much material is repetitive, and feels like a bit of a rush to publish. Nevertheless, it is an excellent, worthwhile and necessary Introduction to Gut Microbiology 101 for the general public.
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Wow, who knew about the importance of choosing the right food so that you are feeding your microbiota? I found the information in this book was presented in a way that helped me understand the implications of lifestyle choices on the gut (e.g. antibiotics; diet; etc). I can actually apply some of the information to make better choices that will hopefully contribute to optimizing my health.
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This is a good book, with fairly interesting information and that explains specific concepts well. However, I believe too much speculation is found in this book, and with a lot of unresolved questions. I would recommend this book, since it is not very dense or complex.
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Very good book. Lots of interesting, relevant information that I will keep in mind for the future and apply to my current lifestyle. The only reason I did not give 5 stars was because it was slightly dry to read and very scientific. The authors make it easy for a non scientific person to understand but still kind of tough to keep track.
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