Book review – Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

she succesfully put the gut in the spotlights

It’s probably not something you would consider the most sexy subject: the gut. But your intestines are way too interesting to be underrated! The gut is practically the control room of our health. And when things in that control room aren?t functioning like they should, well, you will notice it.

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The German medical student Giulia Enders decided it was time to put the gut in the spotlights ? and she succeeded! She wrote the book “Darm mit Charme”, which translates to “charming bowels”. The book became an instant bestseller in Germany. Now the English version (“Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ”) is finally here.

Giulia writes in a very open and accessible way about all the hard work the gut does. And also about the things you might make you feel a bit uncomfortable to ask about, but secretly really want to know. Because Giulia doesn’t care: she openly talks with her roommates about everything that err.. comes out of the gut as well. Did you know that a question from her curious roommate actually sparked the idea for the book?

What makes the gut so important?

The nerve system in our gut is almost as complex as in your brain. Our bowels produce over 20 different kinds of hormones. An unhealthy gut can lead to depression, Alzheimer, allergies and being overweight.

But while Giulia and I! believe that the gut plays an important role in your overall health, it has been kind of neglected in the medical world. Luckily, scientists are now finding out a lot more about the link between the condition of our gut and things like our wellbeing, memory and motivation.

The fun illustrations in the book are made by her sister Jill
The fun illustrations in the book are made by her sister Jill

What?s the book like?

This cheeky and cheerful book is filled with facts, myths and funny stories. Giulia’s goal with Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ is spreading the knowledge about the gut. She wants us to know how we can use this knowledge to improve our daily life. Especially for people who have vague health issues, the gut might be the place to look.

Giulia is truly a fan of the gut and her enthusiasm is noticeable on every page. By the way, the fun illustrations in the book are made by her sister Jill!

Giulia has been a guest on the Dutch tv show RTL Late Night, where she talked about the book. Watch the short fragment here (the conversation is in English, with Dutch subs):

Have you read this book already? Are you curious to find out more about the gut? Let me know what you think over on Twitter or our Facebook page!

Lots of love,
Sophia