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The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection

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Written by the leading researchers in the field, this information-rich guide to improving your mood explains how gut health drives psychological well-being, and how depression and anxiety can be relieved by adjusting your intestinal bacteria.

This groundbreaking book explains the revolutionary new science of psychobiotics and the discovery that your brain health and state
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by National Geographic
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010s
After 60 pages, the stickies for passages to re-read were a thicket.

Feeds long term interest in subject. Useful index, appendix, and further reading list.
Well done. Like the format. Teaching me. Let the quotes begin:

"The community of microbes living in your gut--your so-called microbiota--is like another organ of your body. It's a seething alien living inside you, fermenting your food and jealously protecting you against interlopers. It's a pretty unusual organ by any measure, but even more so
Kitten Kisser
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a person who has suffered with digestive issues for over 10 years, I have read a lot of books. I followed a lot of advice in a wide variety of said books claiming to fix what ails me but most of it made me worse until I started following Digestive Health with Real Food: A Practical Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory, Low-Irritant, Nutrient Dense Diet for IBS & Other Digestive Issues. After a few years of strictly following that diet I discovered FODMAPs. FYI, you don't need a bunch of books on FOD ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there’s one takeaway it’s that there is much more research to be done & much more to be discovered about the gut-brain axis. The workings of the human body are still mostly a mystery, medicine still more of an art than a science. A book like this can help a person to Be One’s Own Doctor even if it doesn’t definitively answer questions like what probiotic I should buy for a particular condition. While the book does point towards some products/strains to try, this part is a little frustrating b ...more
Manda Scott
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, life changing read

A detailed, readable, informative and accessible insight into the role of gut bacteria in everything from mood to Alzheimer’s. If this doesn’t make you give up sugar, nothing will....
Natalie Yuhas
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for reasons not related to why I picked it up in the first place. It was a fun, yet science-heavy read on the digestive system, and I especially liked learning how exactly the immune system works via the gut. There is still a lot to be discovered and learned about the connection between mental health and gut microbiota, so that part was a little shaky. Overall, the authors did a good job of making the information accessible and interesting.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating! I thought I knew quite a bit about gut bacteria and how it controls pretty much everything we do, but this book blew my mind! Not an easy read, which kind of bums me out—everybody should know that they can control their moods, psychological disorders, and autoimmune diseases by eating the right foods. But it makes me hopeful that this relatively new research will be going mainstream soon.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting book correlating mood with the digestive system. A bit too detailed for my taste but I suppose it is important to fully understand the content. I hope to explore this subject more fully.
John Boyle
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on medicine of the gut microbiome. Explores some really exciting science that will likely revolutionise medicine of the 21st century and beyond.
Akshay Nilangekar
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The gut-brain axis and genetics will be the next revolutionary advances in medicine. This book summarizes the first one very well.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the topic and I'm fascinated by the research. Microbiome research is a new frontier, and the truth is strnager than fiction- ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really informative look at how our microbiota, our “gut bugs” can influence our mood and health. I really enjoyed the early chapters because they seemed to be based on more solid scientific ground. The further you go into the book the more “hypothetical” the book becomes -- not because the authors are sloppy, but because the research in this burgeoning field just hasn’t been completed yet.

The book offers a thorough explanation of our microbiota and how our enteric nervous system, this “second b
The bad: nothing in particular.

The good: it's an excellent book on the functioning of the gut and its microbiota and ecosystem, as well as the effect of multiple foods and substances in it. I don't consider it a five-star book for the actual value proposal, which is psychobiotics - substances that improve mood through their benefital effects on the gut - but as an excellent summarised book on all previous content I had read about gut and the effect of foods, substances, exercises, and much more.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting. Not too technical, but technical enough to explain aspects of the human diet that we’re often too complacent to ask questions about. I learned more about why we should eat certain foods over others. Not an easy read, so be prepared to check the pantry and look at labels and think more about how what you eat affects your mind and mood and gut. An excellent resource as well. Good index!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting but not an easy reading, most of the times I had to use my former knowledge about biology and chemistry, but in the end it was worthy.

Interessante, ma certo non classificabile come lettura facile, anche perché per fortuna avevo una conoscenza precedente di chimica e biologia altrimenti non l'avrei finito. Valido, ma non per tutti!

Intriguing topic but I think the authors jump to conclusions without enough evidence to back up some of their theories.
Bernie Gourley
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who want to know how one's gut microbiome influences mood.
For centuries there have been cases in which a change in diet --often accidental-- led to relief from a mental illness. However, given the sporadic nature of such effects and the complete lack of understanding of microbes, the enteric nervous system (i.e. the gut’s own “brain” that communicates with -- but is also autonomous of -- our “first” brain,) and the complexity the symbiotic relationships involved, these anecdotal cases had limited influence on the state of medicine. However, recent year ...more
Arlena Harmon
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The information presented in this book has helped me understand the scientific backing of a topic that I have felt is a big deal, for a long time. You know on the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, how one of the relatives uses Windex as a fix for EVERYTHING? That is me! Except instead of Windex, I use probiotics (and more recently, prebiotics).
On a more serious note, I have been dealing with anxiety/depression lately and in the month that I have been doing what I can to increase my good gut flora
Kiren Chaudhry
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first part of the book is like an episode of the magic school bus taking you thru a tour of your microbiota and its history. I’m a huge proponent of accessible reading. A good little ride along for some cool, basic bio concepts. The second part gets a little more instructive as to what might ail you and what you might need to supplement. Overall it’s an informative read, I didn’t love how it lumps all mood disorders together, ( I mean there’s an entire DSM V for a reason). I guess you’re get ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Psychobiotic Revolution" is about how certain gut microbes positively or negatively affect your mood and what you can do about it. The main author wrote in a mildly humorous way and for the common person. While he'd use scientific terms, he immediately defined or described what those terms meant. The other two authors are people actively doing research in this field. They double-checked the content of the book and were occasionally quoted when explaining something they've discovered.

Much of
Shichan Shen
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is ideal for anyone with digestive problems coupled with depression and anxiety. The thesis of this book is about how a imbalanced microbiota in the gut affects your mental health and vice versa.

The first few chapters are like a crash course into how your gut works, background information regarding the discovery of bacteria, and their psychobiotic effects. There were a few case studies along the way to support the arguments.

If you’re only interested in how this book can help you and n
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have no scientific background atall and I found this book very clear and understandable. It's a really comprehensive round-up of what's going on in the field now as well as what is already known about the gut and how it affects us in ways you wouldn't expect. It's also got a lot of practical advice to do with diet and probiotics, with evidence to back it up, and it really makes you think about making some positive diet and lifestyle changes.

It's a very unexpected page turner this book and it's
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this is quite technical in parts, it is a fascinating read. It presents the case of how the brain and the gut are integrally connected and how they influence each other. It is also quite convincing in its suggestion that perhaps the gut is the key driver in the human body, rather than the brain. It explains the role of the gut in depression and anxiety and explores why we see such a drastic increase of these conditions in recent years. It also explains why breast feeding babies is critical ...more
Dale Muckerman
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
The book does a great job of explaining the effects that the gut biome can have on physical and mental health. The chapter on our microbiome from birth to death was excellent. Our microbiome comes primarily from our mothers. Microbiomes might be passed down for generations. The chapter describing a voyage down through the digestive system from a microbial perspective was also excellent. There is a lot of information about how people can use diet, supplements, and others means to change their mic ...more
Janna Dorman
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The bacteria living in your stomach, colon, and intestines can have a direct effect on your mood and mental health. A large growth of certain types of bacteria lead to inflammation, and inflammation is known to cause depression and anxiety. It’s clear everything in the book has been highly researched; the authors are a science journalist, a neuroscientist, and a psychiatrist.

I found this book fascinating as someone who suffers from mild anxiety, and as a human being who has a stomach and a brai
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
There is a lot of good information in this book. Eating probiotics and prebiotics correctly, you could hack your diet/mental health. You can mitigate some effects of depression and anxiety by gearing your diet to your gut microbes.

It gave a lot of good information on the above section. However, there were parts of this book where the author made claims, then failed to back them up. It argued against eating much meat (then didn't back it up), against drinking alcohol (then argued for moderation,
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This groundbreaking book explains the revolutionary new science of psychobiotics and the discovery that your brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to your microbiome, that four-pound population of microbes living inside your intestines. Leading medical researchers John F. Cryan and Ted Dinan, working with veteran journalist Scott C. Anderson, explain how common mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety, can be improved by caring for the intestinal microbiome. ...more
Natasha Hagen
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I become more and more aware of the gastrointestinal struggles that my mom and her parents deal with (and I’m beginning to recognize in myself) this book was wonderfully informative. It was a fairly easy read, although keeping track of the different types of bacteria was a challenge.

This book covers everything from prenatal digestive health to anxiety disorders. It redefines the food pyramid, promoting a veggie and whole grain heavy diet that doesn’t exclude dairy and meat; it just makes sur
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very helpful look at the research on psychobiology, the gut brain connection, and how to help your body heal and function better by eating probiotic rich foods. As a long time sufferer of GI ailments I have found the recommendations to be effective. I will say that if you have a tendency towards obsessive food patterns or disordered eating you’ll probably want to take the recommendations with a grain of salt (i.e. they recommend totally removing all refined sugar, I take a more flexible approach ...more
Alien B
An overview of some of the interesting connections between gut bacteria, mental health and physical health. The science is summarized and footnoted. The book goes in more of a self help direction. The final conclusion is simplistic - all mental health problems could be solved with the right gut bacteria. This knocks down a 4 star book to 3 stars. The brain is far more complex than any organ - you cannot really claim that this one factor will solve depression and anxiety while neglecting all the ...more
Conway Cameron
The gut bacteria rules the brain. If the bacteria in your gut is sick you become sick too. If the bacteria in your gut is happy you become happy too. So it is very important to eat healthy and happy foods to maintain healthy and happy gut bacteria. The biochemicals digested into the blood excreted out by the bacteria influence the brain to produce happy neuro chemicals that make the body happy and healthy.

The state of your mind is based on biological factors.
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