THE MIND-GUT CONNECTION: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health ~Emeran Mayer, MD
I love to eat raspberries and it is my love of raspberries that made me want to read this book. To me raspberries are nearly perfect food from the delight they pose to my tongue all the way as they travel through the GI track, bringing usable fiber and seeds of joy to my brain. My pro-biotic and my raspberries just make my system work well and I feel well and thus happy.
In the MIND -GUT CONNECTION Dr. Mayer decodes the GI track and introduces a whole range of microbes that keep our systems healthy and strong. New studies and research are revealed, which have been found to heal and soothe and bring happiness. There is mention of lots of new medications and lots of studies about the rising incidence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and even autism relationships but this book is not primarily about how to cure the problems, rather it is suggesting the cause for the problems and how neglecting gut health produces severe problem.
Dr. Mayer is defining glowing Overall Health and how to understand and heal when a bump distracts from you progress. He is very concerned about our environments, our lifestyles, and our self-care. I am sure he would stress organic foods and simple foods first. I heard a famous chef once say one should eat organic veggies and fruit 5 days a week, then one day of anything you want and one day to modify back into the 5 day routine. I think this was what Dr. Mayer was describing only through using a Mediterranean Diet.
What stress does to our GI track is quite alarming and scary. We truly need to take time to eat and not mix eating with other activities. We need not sit down to eat when we are angry and we need to take time to calm our insides and ourselves before we begin eating. Even better is to eat with friends or relatives and feel a sense of contentment and happiness.
The microbes in our GI track are crucial to our staving off Alzheimer’s, Obesity, and Parkinson’s Disease and his recommendations for pre-natal care and eating are very good. We know that now the Gut is considered the Second Brain for our bodies and I think Dr. Mayer would say it is the first as it has a profound role in our brain activities, and thinking skills, not to mention our emotional health.
This book is full of myth busters and really has the straight skinny. It is ease to read and gentle with explanations. When I was in the hospital recently for test, every nurse and OT and PT who came to see me picked up and looked at the book. I said it was good and as one nurse said: “I think this is vital information and better than thinking a cup of pro-biotic yogurt will bring all back to health.”
TLC Book Tours sent me an uncorrected proof copy of this book to review. It is well worth it to get to the truth and find a healthy balance to achieve optimal health. It is all the health knowledge along with all the directives that my daughter just paid $200 for a Dr. appointment prescription for the exact same information. Very worthwhile investment.
Dr. Emeran Mayer previously served as the founding chair of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, as the executive director of the UCLA Center for Neuro-biology of Stress, and as the codirector of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center. He has joint appointments in the departments of Medicine, Physiology, and Psychiatry. His work has appeared in the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE and has been featured in PSHYCHOLOGY TODAY, NEW YORK TIMES, THE SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON) and on NPR and PBS. He lives in Los Angeles, California