The Mind Gut Connection by Dr. Emeran Mayer

Title:  The Mind Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health
Author: Emeran Mayer, M.D.
Publisher:  Harper Wave
Release Date:  July 5, 2016
Genre: Health & Nutrition

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system. We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut—the decision we made because it “felt right”; the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling we get when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has  by and large failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the gut microbiota—the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tract—communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary and provocative look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies. 

The Mind-Gut Connection describes: 
• Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health 
• The importance of early childhood in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children  thrive 
• The role of excessive stress and anxiety in GI ailments and cognitive disorders 
• How to “listen to your gut” and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you 
• and much more.

Having read books related to the connection with gut and your overall health, I was quite interested in what Dr. Emeran Mayer have to say in his book, The Mind-Gut Connection.  I'm not surprised by the connection between the mind and the gut, but my questions mainly focused on the how and what then.  I'm impressed with Dr. Mayer's credentials, but I'm more so by how eloquently this book is written. It can be easily understood by someone not familiar at all with medical terminology or "health talks." There are medical terminologies, but Dr. Mayer also provide explanations. The information in The Mind-Gut Connection are based on research and experience.  The conversational tone of the book throughout makes it easy to absorb, and the subject matter enlightening. This isn't just a book about your overall healthy, but it includes how the connection affects the emotional aspect as well.  One thing I will say is that there's so much information in this book, alone, that doesn't only target nutritional intake, it can be overwhelming when read in one sitting, as I've done.  Since many of the sections really requires afterthought, its profundity in comparison to the ease of reading almost makes it contradictory, at least to me. However, I think it was just the time-frame of my reading that overwhelmed me, and not the book itself. The Mind-Gut Connection can be sure to help many, and I would recommend it.

NOTE:  I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, HarperWave through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Emeran A. Mayer, MD, has studied brain-body interactions for the last forty years. He is the executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Stress and Resilience and the codirector of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for the past twenty-five years, and he is considered a pioneer and world leader in the areas of brain-gut microbiome. He lives in Los Angeles. Find out more about Dr. Mayer and his book at his website.

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  1. This sounds fascinating! I don't read a ton of non-fiction but I'm adding it to my list :)

  2. It makes a great deal of sense to me that there is a connection between mental health and physical well-being. I don't know much about how it works but I look forward to learning.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  3. Such an interesting topic -- I might need to read this one. I'm always willing to learn more about natural ways to be healthy.


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