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The Good Gut
Author: Justin;Sonnenburg, Erica; Sonnenburg

ISBN: 9780593074305
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 3 August 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.4
Description:
Genetics and lifestyle are thought to be the two most important determinants of good health. But that's not the whole story. In The Good Gut, Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, who are doing cutting-edge research on the trillions of microbes living in our gastrointestinal tract, reveal how our gut affects everything, from our immune response to our weight, allergic reactions, aging and emotions; how they are under threat from the Western diet, our antibiotics, and our sterilized environment; and how we can nurture our individual microbiota. This is important news. Our intestinal microbiota plays an important role in the prevalence of predominantly Western afflictions, such as cancer, diabetes, allergies, asthma, autism, and inflammatory bowel diseases. These gut bacteria are facing a mass extinction, and the health consequences are dire. The average person in the Western world has around 1,200 different types of bacteria residing in his or her gut. That may seem like a lot until you consider that the average Amerindian living in the Amazon has approximately 1,600 species and is much less likely to develop Western illnesses. How can we keep our microbiota off the endangered species list? How ca...

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