Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health Hardcover – Illustrated, July 5, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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)
“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.” (Rob Knight, PhD, author of Follow Your Gut and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation, UC San Diego)
“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))
“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)
From the Back Cover
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 for centuries, scientists today are just starting to understand how powerful that connection is.
In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, executive director of the UCLA Oppenheimer Center for the Neurobiology of Stress, 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 live inside the digestive tract—communicate. As Dr. Mayer explains, when this communication channel is out of whack, major health problems can crop up, including food sensitivities and allergies, digestive disorders, obesity, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.The Mind-Gut Connection teaches us how, with a few simple changes to our diet and lifestyle, we can enjoy a happier mindset, 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 the latest research, Dr. Mayer shows us that paying attention to the mind-gut balance is the key to unlocking vibrant health.
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 9780062376558
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062376558
- Dimensions : 1 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
- ASIN : 0062376551
- Publisher : Harper Wave; Illustrated edition (July 5, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
While an enjoyable and colorful read, this book has several problems with it. First, the author draws many "conclusions" based upon the work of published animal studies even though in he also admits that the neurological systems of animals and humans are considerably different. Sometimes he admits that his conclusions are just hypotheticals but more commonly goes for the sensational claims to wow the layreader.
Second, the books suffers from sloppy editing. A typical example is on page 208 where Mayer says, "This helps explain the fact that infants who are not breastfed have fewer bifidobacteria in their stool than formula-fed infants." Other editing errors are buried in the often contradictory science-speak - I'm sure a biochemist would have a field day here. His discussion of the neurotransmitter GABA on pages 141-142 is particularly wishy-washy.
Third, the book is light on novel recommendations. The concluding remarks on page 284: maximize regular intake of naturally fermented foods and probiotics, cut down on animal fat, avoid processed food, eat smaller servings, be mindful of prenatal nutrition, reduce stress, avoid eating when sad or depressed, enjoy social aspects of food, and listen to your gut.
Bottom line, a fun read but lots of book-selling science claims without many actionable recommendations.
-- Dr Jeffrey Lackner, Behavioral Medicine Clinic, University at Buffalo, SUNY
As a recently hired physician at UCLA, never having heard of Dr. Mayer, I saw his book on the shelf of a colleague. Its name appealed to me and I ordered it that night. To say I was excited to see my personal long-held philosophies in print, validated by years of Dr. Mayer's research and experience, was an understatement. Fast forward six months, I am now exploring collaboration with Dr. Mayer and others with the intention of researching the mind-gut-microbiome connection with eating disorders.
Our concepts must evolve, and Dr. Mayer's book points us in the right direction.
Top reviews from other countries
• 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.
Add life to your years and years to your life.
Live well !
Thank you Dr.Mayer, brilliant work indeed : )
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.
Microbes, probiotics is the answer, this should be front page news. The answer to the overused antibiotic problem.