Gut, Giulia Enders
Giulia Enders


338 printed pages
More than 100,000 copies sold of the original edition in North America, and more than 4 million copies have sold world-wide in all languages.

There have been many discoveries about the Gut-Brain since 2013 when Enders first wrote Gut (published in 2015). At the time much of the research was on animals, but since there are more than 20 reliable studies involving humans.

Enders introduces psychobiotics, a term describing describes microbes that have psychological effects—and which may even be useful in treating conditions like depression and stress, and shows how our gut bacteria affect mood, stress levels, and depression.

She also includes basic instructions for producing fermented vegetables – full of good gut bacteria – at home.
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emeraldfleurhas quoted2 years ago
The American researcher Dr. Michael Gershon takes this line of thought one stage further. He is interested in the possibility of developing effective antidepressants that only influence the gut and do not have an effect on the brain.
That is not as outlandish as it might first seem. After all, 95 percent of the serotonin we produce is manufactured in the cells of our gut, where it has an enormous effect on enabling the nerves to stimulate muscle movement and acts as an important signaling molecule. If its effects on the gut can be changed, the messages sent from there to the brain would also be changed enormously. This would be particularly useful in treating the sudden onset of severe depression in people whose lives are otherwise fine. Perhaps it is their gut that needs a session on the therapist’s couch and their head is not to blame at all.
Evgeny Petrov
Evgeny Petrovhas quoted2 years ago
Japanese researchers fed volunteers luminous substances and X-rayed them while they were doing their business in various positions. They found out two interesting things. First, squatting does indeed lead to a nice, straight intestinal tract, allowing for a direct, easy exit. Second, some people are nice enough to let researchers feed them luminous substances and X-ray them while they have a bowel movement, all in the name of science. Both findings are pretty impressive, I think.


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