Allergies, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused — and someday cured — by the microscopic life inside us. How does this groundbreaking science influence your health, mood and more? Pioneering scientist Rob Knight pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain why these new findings matter to everyone.
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 humour 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.
How many microbes are in your body? You are made up of about 10 trillion human cells — but there are about 100 trillion microbial cells in and on your body. Which means: you are mostly not you. We’re discovering that microbes are deeply integrated into almost all aspects of our lives. Indeed, microbes are redefining what it means to be human.
Professor Rob Knight: Follow Your Gut — The Enormous Impact Of Tiny Microbes