Review – GUT by Giulia Enders

Gut:The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ By Giulia Enders,
Jill Enders (Illustrator)
Published April 10th 2015 by Greystone Books
Genre: Non Fiction, Science, Health, Medicine
Pages: 276

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I first saw Giulia Enders on a talk show and I found her extremely charming. How she spoke and her passion for the gut, also she was very funny. But it wasn’t until a friend of mine read it and exclaimed that I absolutely HAD to read the book and then went with me to the bookstore to buy it that I actually read it. And I am so glad I did!

Little did I know that our gut plays such a huge part in us, who we are, our wellbeing and our health, bothy physical and mental.

“We humans have known since time immemorial something that science is only now discovering: our gut feeling is responsible in no small measure for how we feel. We are “scared shitless” or we can be “shitting ourselves” with fear. If we don’t manage to complete a job, we can’t get our “ass in gear.” We “swallow” our disappointment and need time to “digest” a defeat. A nasty comment leaves a “bad taste in our mouth.” When we fall in love, we get “butterflies in our stomach.” Our self is created in our head and our gut—no longer just in language, but increasingly also in the lab.”

I am going to go ahead and admit that I have no prior knowledge about the gut, and I never really learned a whole lot about nutrition, vitamins, bacteria etc. I am noob so to speak. So to me, this was a very welcomed introduction, full of basic information that doesn’t get too technical. It also has plenty of cute drawings made by the authors sister Jill Enders. (I’m not the only one that sees the irony in their surname being Enders right?)

Anyway, if you want an intro to your gut and what drives your digestion and how all that works, with a few tips on how to best move your bowels and what they should look like, well this is it! Look no further.

If you already know the basics you probably want a book that goes deeper into it and uses more medical jargon. This is not a medical book, so you won’t find that here. But you will find drawings of bacteria with faces holding brooms, and that’s all I really needed to enjoy this.