Gut Health and Probiotics by Jenny Tschiesche starts with a decent introduction to the subject and some promising chapter headings. The author is someone who has been writing about the importance of diet to health for some years now so has some background in this field. The idea is that this will give a simplified introduction to the gut (and the biome). Also that it will looks at what Probiotics do for our health. In the main I would suggest it succeeds in its aim.
While this book focuses on the gut it manages to cover common health conditions both associated with the gut and those with less obvious connections. There is plenty of information here and it can be quite scientific. I would suggest that this may not a starter book on the subject though it is not hard to read – some prior knowledge would be helpful perhaps. It is pretty good on the subject of the gut biome. There is extensive information on some of the more obvious health issues. Gut sensitivities, Leaky gut, the environment and allergies are looked at. Maybe less obvious are the consideration Autism and Eczema . There is discussion on Probiotics and Antibiotics which was one of the many subject areas I found very interesting.
If I have any real complaint with this book it would be that I’m not sure I found it easy to work out which bits of information were actually applicable to me and my issues. I guess the answer will be to go and see someone who knows more and probably undergo some testing. There is information on the tests commonly used too.
While the book is pretty good on Gut Health and useful on Probiotics I felt that Prebiotics got little mention overall. There is a chapter on them however given their importance to gut health I’m not sure that is the correct balance. Closing the book there is an adequate index and good references.
This is no wild crusade or fringe approach to health. There is enough quality information about the gut biome and gut health around to be fully credible. Equally the current state of knowledge about the Vagus nerve the basics of this book are fairly well underpinned. I am no expert in this field however there are lines and connections drawn that may not be well substantiated yet I guess.
If it is a subject that interests you (or you have issues) this should make an interesting read. There is plenty of food for thought as well as for feeding the biome.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review