If you want to get a good basic understanding of what’s going on in your gut and how the several pounds of micro-organisms in there affect your health, mood, sleep patterns, eating preferences and more, I highly recommend taking a look at this recently published little book by Rob Knight. It’s short, amusing, informative – and even has lots of charming drawings.
The small text to the left on the cover says:
“Microbes are integrated into almost all aspects of our lives, redefining what it means to be human.”
Rob Knight was just named a 2015 Vilcek Prize winner for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his groundbreaking research on microbial communities and the development of computational tools that honed the analysis of microbial data. He’s Professor of Pediatrics, Computer Science, and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He’s also Director of the Microbiome Initiative at UCSD and co-founder of both the American Gut Project and the Earth Microbiome Project.
One of award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler’s drawings from the book:
The book’s back cover:
It’s a fascinating read. Enjoy!
Knight, R. with Buhler, B. (2015). Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes. A TED Original Book. See: http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Your-Gut-Enormous-Microbes/dp/1476784744
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