I chose this book because of the author, a rising, young science star, Giulia Enders. She did not disappoint. Gut is a fun, quirky and, at times, downright gross exploration of our digestive system. Who knew our physiology could be so entertaining? Take mucins, for example:
“Mucins are proteins that form the main constituent of mucus. They help provide hours of fascination and fun for the young children who have just found out they can blow bubbles with their own spit. A more useful function is their ability to envelop our teeth and gums in a protective mucin net. We shoot them out of our salivary papillae like Spiderman shoots webs from his wrists. These microscopic nets can catch bacteria before they have a chance to harm us.”
You’ll learn everything from the proper way to poo (yes!), the process of digestion, how the gut influences the brain, good and bad bacteria in our gut and more.
Enders is clever scientist and writer with the ability to make the mundane interesting. We’ll see more of her, I’m sure. And I can’t wait to support this young talent.