The Gut

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I recently read the book Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders, on the recommendation of someone in my Crohn’s and Colitis support group. Dr. Enders is a German gastroenterologist who studies the gut, the microbiome, and the connection between the gut and the brain. The book is fascinating and surprisingly fun to read; I flew through the first few chapters on the workings of the gut.

Dr. Enders writes in an approachable, friendly way, making scientific concepts easy to understand. At times, I felt she simplified explanations a little too much. The last third of the book on microbes dragged a bit for me; maybe because the biggest takeaway is how much there is left to learn about the microbiome.

As someone with ulcerative colitis, I was disappointed that more of the book was not devoted to inflammatory bowel disease – there were only two very brief mentions of Crohn’s or colitis. Even so, I’d recommend it to those living with these diseases. I learned a lot about the digestive process in general and how much there still is to learn about the gut-brain connection. I’m glad to know that there is research being done on the gut. Hopefully it will lead to a better understanding of digestive diseases and to a cure.

If you want to learn more about the gut, watch Dr. Enders’s TED talk below: