Follow Your Gut The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/7/2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ TED

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Allergies, asthma, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused—and someday cured—by the microscopic life inside us. The key is to understand how this groundbreaking science influences your health, mood, and more.

In just the last few years, scientists have shown how the microscopic life within our bodies— particularly within our intestines—has an astonishing impact on our lives. Your health, mood, sleep patterns, eating preferences—even your likelihood of getting bitten by mosquitoes—can be traced in part to the tiny creatures that live on and inside of us.

In Follow Your Gut, pioneering scientist Rob Knight pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain—with good humor and easy-to-grasp examples—why these new findings matter to everyone. They lead a detailed tour of the previously unseen world inside our bodies, calling out the diseases and conditions believed to be most directly impacted by them.

With a practical eye toward deeper knowledge and better decisions, they also explore the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choice and even birth method on our children’s lifelong health. Ultimately, this pioneering book explains how to learn about your own microbiome and take steps toward understanding and improving your health, using the latest research as a guide.

Author Biography

Dr. Rob Knight is a professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Computer Science in the BioFrontiers at the University of Colorado Boulder, and also has an appointment in the Computational Biosciences Program at the University of Colorado Denver. He is an AAAS Fellow and HHMI Early Career Scientist. He is also the cofounder and scientific lead of Biota, Inc., cofounder of American Gut, and co-PI of the Earth Microbiome Project.

Brendan Buhler is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, California, and Sierra Magazine. His story on Rob Knight’s work was selected for the 2012 edition of The Best American Science and Nature Writing.

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