Follow Your Gut: How the Ecosystem in Your Gut Determines Your Health, Mood, and More by Rob KnightAllergies, asthma, obesity, stomachaches, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused—and cured—by the microscopic life inside us. Understand how to use groundbreaking science to improve your health, mood, and more.
In just the last few years, scientists have shown how the microscopic ecosystem within our bodies—particularly within our intestines—has an astonishing impact on our lives. Pioneering scientist Rob Knight and award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler explain—with humor and witty metaphors—why these new findings matters to everyone.
You are mostly not you. The human gut is host to trillions of microbes, and evidence shows that small changes in these microbes present (altered by antibiotics, diet, geographic region, and so on) may affect weight, likelihood of disease, and even psychological factors like risk-taking behavior. The evidence for their influence is astonishing. Rob Knight is one of the key figures driving forward this new science. His work demonstrates the startling connection between the presence of certain harmless bacteria and the health benefits we all seek for ourselves and our children.
In Follow Your Gut, Knight pairs with Brendan Buhler, an award-winning science writer, to explore the previously unseen world inside our bodies. With a practical eye toward deeper knowledge and better decisions, they lead a detailed tour of our microbiome as well as an exploration of the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choices, birth method, and access to livestock on our childrens lifelong health. Ultimately, this pioneering book explains how to learn about your own micro biome and take steps toward understanding and improving your health, using the latest research as a guide.
Rob Knight – Breaking the Wall to Our Microbial Self @Falling Walls Conference 2016 HD
What’s in Your Gut?
As they reported in the journal mSystems today, the researchers received stool samples from individuals in the US, UK, and dozens of other countries. Participants completed voluntary surveys related to their diet, lifestyle, health status, and disease history, including nearly 1, individuals who took part in a picture-based food frequency questionnaire. With these data, the team has started parsing relationships between gut microbial composition, diet, psychiatric disease, and more. The results suggest that gut microbiome diversity ticks up in individuals who eat a greater variety of plants, for example, but wanes in those with recent antibiotic use. The collection is continuing to grow, and investigators hope to do more extensive and detailed analyses on the samples in the future. They also cultured a subset of samples, which were subjected to shotgun metagenomic sequencing with the Illumina HiSeq and metabolite profiling by high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry HPLC-MS.
He is also a co-founder of the Earth Microbiome Project , and his lab's research involves the development of laboratory and computational techniques to characterize the microbiomes of humans , animals, and the environment. He gave a TED Talk in on the role microbes play on our health. The American Gut Project , which claims to be the world's largest crowdfunded and crowdsourced scientific research project,  aims to characterize the human microbiome—the diverse communities of microorganisms that live in and on the human body. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 November