The Mind-Gut Connection – Book Review

The Mind-Gut Connection

The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD – Book Review

If you are interested in books that explore the relationship between our minds and our bodies and offer the latest scientific research on the subject, then The Mind-Gut Connection – How The Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacs Our Mood, Our Choices, And Our Overall Health by Emeran Mayer, MD is sure to excite you!

For those of us who use the colloquial term “gut feeling” without ever giving the expression a second thought, Emeran demonstrates that there is actually scientific evidence that establishes the biological link between our minds and our digestive systems. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Emeran shows how the microorganisms that live inside our digestive tracts actually communicate with one another and the implications this has for our overall health.

In The Mind-Gut Connection, you’ll explore a fascinating array of topics that are important to understand if you are trying to optimize your health, including:

  • Why consuming a predominantly plant-based diet is key for gut and brain health
  • Why our early childhood experiences are so crucial in gut-brain development, and what parents can do to help their children thrive
  • What role excessive stress and anxiety plays in GI ailments and cognitive disorders
  • How to “listen to your gut” and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you

The Mind-Gut Connection is a well-researched book that is full of scientific detail but written with a lay audience in mind.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

About Emeran Mayer, MD

Emeran Mayer

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 co-director 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.


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9 Responses to “The Mind-Gut Connection – Book Review”

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  1. Ellen Pilch says:

    This sounds like an interesting book, I will add it to my Goodreads list.

  2. trish says:

    I’m so glad you loved it! I’m amazed at how things like stress and anxiety can affect how our body functions!

    Thank you for being on this tour!

  3. Brandi Raae says:

    This does sound interesting – makes total sense, though. I actually do have quite a few “gut” issues, and I had a very stressful childhood. So glad the Lord is in control and works all things for our good. I hope my library has this book!

  4. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    Twitter: momsvictories

    It’s sometimes hard for me to stick to the gluten, dairy and sugar free diet that helps with RA but I bet reading this book would help me. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and I hope you linked up with our Pintastic Pinterest Party too. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

  5. I am very interested in learning more about the biological link between our minds and our digestive systems.Thank you for sharing The Mind-Gut Connection – Book Review with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party! I’m pinning and sharing!

  6. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Sounds like an interesting premise! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week!

  7. I’m definitely one who follows my gut feelings, so knowing that there is science behind what I’m following is good news for me!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  8. Leslie says:

    As a parent of young children, I am particularly interested in anything I can do to help them thrive. This book might be just for me. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup

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