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Digesting all the facts — without getting bogged down

Three studies of the gut give a whole new meaning to toilet books, says William Cook. They’re actually worth reading

16 May 2015

9:00 AM

16 May 2015

9:00 AM

Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes Rob Knight, with Brendan Buhler

Simon & Schuster, pp.120, £7.99, ISBN: 9781471138904

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ Giulia Enders

Scribe, pp.288, £14.99, ISBN: 9781922247964

The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood and Your Long-Term Health Justin and Erica Sonnenburg

Bantam, pp.320, £14.99, ISBN: 9780593074299

Funnily enough, after my editor sent me these three books to read, my guts started playing up. Suddenly, food seemed to go straight through me. At first I wasn’t bothered, but when it didn’t get any better I began to worry. I went to see my doctor. She told me to bring her a piece of poo to see if they needed to stick a camera up my bum.

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