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

By | July 7, 2016

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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2 Comments

Billi Gordon on 07/07/2016 at 04:44.

STEAL THIS BOOK IF YOU CAN’T BUY IT Enlightening knowledge expressed simply and eloquently. In one of his chapters, Dr Mayer says “Not all stress is bad for us. Acute stress increases acid production by the stomach, which makes it more likely that invading microbes from our food will be killed before they reach our intestines.” Here and elsewhere in his book, Dr. Mayer is sharing cutting edge information in simple language for the benefit of the public. I love this book.Homayoun Sadeghi, MD…

Carol A. Grieve on 07/07/2016 at 04:50.

Great book! Dr This book rocks! If you’re stranded on a desert island and you could only have one book, this is one you want – because when you are discovered you will be current with the cutting edge happenings in this world. The author is a brilliant scientist, an excellent physician and… wait for it…. INTERESTING! This book is a great read, and explains a lot of things that you just knew “in your gut” but weren’t able to articulate. It also gives you an entirely different perspective on how…