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The Mind-Gut Connection: How The Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, And Our Overall Health Paperback – 19 February 2018
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"Microbiome research is revolutionizing our understanding of the human body and the brain. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer provides authoritative insight into this rapidly expanding field. Synthesizing recent research with patient stories and personal anecdotes, he offers practical, evidence-based recommendations to keep the dialogue between the brain, the gut, and its microbes flowing smoothly."--SELF online
"After a long period of neglect the enteric nervous system has been recognized as the 'second brain'. Dr. Emeran Mayer, a true expert of this topic, has now written the best lay-public guide yet to this spectacular part of ourselves. Recommended reading."--Antonio Demasio, author of Descartes' Error, The Feeling of What Happens, and The Self Comes to Mind
"The Mind-Gut Connection presents the incredibly humbling reality that our very perception and interpretation of the world around us is virtually dictated by the microbes living within us. This book redefines what it means to be healthy and eloquently provides the means to manifest that goal."--David Perlmutter, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain and Brain Maker
"Dr. Emeran Mayer elucidates the intricate biochemical dialogue that occurs between the brain, digestive tract, and trillions of bacteria residing in the gut. He dubs this form of communication 'microbe-speak' and speculates on its implications for social behavior, decision making, emotional wellbeing, and maybe mental health."--Booklist
"Drawing on his vast experience as a practicing gastroenterologist, Dr. Mayer writes about the connections that our brains have with our guts, especially with the microbes that make the gut their home. Describing a rapidly advancing realm of knowledge, this thoughtful guide provides practical advice to improve health."--Martin J. Blaser, MD, author of Missing Microbes
"I have known Emeran Mayer for years and have learned to pay attention to what he says and writes. The Mind-Gut Connection is a delight. Both scholarly and fun to read, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about how the mind and gut communicate."--Michael D. Gershon, MD, author of The Second Brain
"The Mind-Gut Connection is a revolutionary new holistic view of what keeps us healthy, ranging from the food choices we make to the ways we can train our mind, with the ultimate goal of attaining optimal health. "--Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, Clincal Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health, University of California School of Medicine (UCSF)
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Chances are, at some point in your life you've noticed the connection between your brain and your gut. If you've ever felt queasy as you walked into an uncomfortable situation or based a life decision based on a "gut feeling," then you know that sometimes our bodies react faster than our minds. Most of us have also experienced the same phenomenon in reverse, where our mental state has affected our digestive system--like the butterflies in our stomach before an important meeting or a first date. But while the dialogue between the mind and the gut has been recognized by ancient healing traditions for centuries, scientists today are just starting to understand how powerful and far-reaching that connection is.
In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer offers a cutting-edge view into this developing science, showing us the full impact of how the brain, gut, and microbiome--the community of microorganisms that lives inside the digestive tract--communicate. When this communication system is out of balance, major health problems can crop up, including digestive disorders, obesity, depression, anxiety, food sensitivities, allergies, and fatigue.
With a few simple changes to our diet and lifestyle, we can enjoy a happier mind-set, enhanced immunity, a decreased risk of developing neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and even lose weight. With a simple, practical regimen drawn from forty years of clinical practice and the latest research, Dr. Mayer shows us that paying attention to the mind-gut balance is the key to unlocking vibrant health.--Martin J. Blaser, MD, author of Missing Microbes
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This book felt padded and unfocused to me, as it contains a lot of anecdotal stories about the author's patients and experiences, and is somewhat meandering and disjointed, which dilutes the information that is included, and it has odd shifts in tone, at one point being very (to the point of being depressing if you had shoddy parents) doom and gloom about the effects of the choices our caregivers make when we are children that are outside of our control, but then later on, almost excusing parents who are not making the best choices for their children, which considering the amount of influence caregivers have over the children is their care is irresponsible and came across as pandering to a group that needs to take responsibility.
Usable advice is scant, and overall I found it an unsatisfying and shallow read, but that might be because I'm already somewhat familiar with the subject. I bought it for £7.99, and it is definitely overpriced.
• They make our gut microbiome.
• The quality of our microbiome depends on various factors like our mothers microbiome, the food we eat, the environment we live in and our state of mind.
• Our state of mind plays a very very important role in determining our gut health. The emotions in our brain play out in the theater of our gut. Fear and sudden stress leads to diarrhoea many a times !
• And, the gut health also has a significant impact on our moods, emotions and our mental health. Why is autism and parkinsons sky rocketing these days ?
By eating organic, by eating 80% plant based food and less animal meat, by avoiding all refined foods including white sugar and white salt, by saying NO to all processed food, by avoiding anti biotics as much as possible and by depending on healing properties of plants, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle (that includes daily exercise), by fasting once a month, and by avoiding stress through the practice of mindful meditation, we can ensure a great gut health as well as emotional wellness. Hippocrates said ALL DISEASES START IN THE GUT. And, research now shows (the indian and Buddhist monks said it a thousand years ago) the mind plays a huge role in affecting the gut. Fear, anger, jealousy, hatred and many other negative emotions stored in our brain for a long time manifest as diseases later. Oblivious to the root cause, we keep treating the organ and suffer endlessly.
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Thank you Dr.Mayer, brilliant work indeed : )
Microbes, probiotics is the answer, this should be front page news. The answer to the overused antibiotic problem.