The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD


Most of us have experienced a feeling of queasiness before walking in to a large meeting or to speak in front of a group.  Or we have had that “gut feeling” when we know something is not right.

What is that?

How does our mind connect to our gut ?  Why is the gut sometimes called “the second brain?


I love this kind of stuff.  I find it fascinating and I am honestly surprised that I have not thought about this before, why does my gut hurt when I have to do something that makes me nervous?

I can not even express how much I enjoyed this.  I learned so much about serotonin (where your gut stores the most) and had no idea that your gut actually has control of your over all well-being.

I enjoyed reading about the connections between what we eat and how our diet affects everything for brain functionality to over all gut feelings.  Literally. I know about diet and healthy habits obviously, but the connection of the mind and gut to the diet was something I liked reading more about.

Over all a thoroughly enjoyable book.  It has been a busy season here for me and I honestly have not had a lot of time to sit down and read. The book did not read over my head.  It is well written and easy to understand.   I was glad to find out this book was interesting, informative and held my attention.



  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Wave (July 5, 2016)
  • Language: English


Thank you to TLC Book Tours for connecting my mind to my gut. 


8 thoughts on “The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD

  1. I’m glad you mentioned this one, Sheila. I’ve learned a lot about this over the past couple of years. I now know why I would have horrible head/neck symptoms from something I ate—I have “leaky gut” which is inflammation in the intestines and/or bowel which essentially means there are holes which allow what’s supposed to stay within your intestines out into your body. Things like gluten, allergy foods, metal toxicity, etc. cause. Anyway, there’s so much about it that’s connected!

  2. Sheila, I love this kind of stuff, too. It sounds like a fascinating book. I believe that food is medicine. I’d like to learn more about how serotonin is created and stored.

  3. I like this kind of book too, about our bodies and how they work, and this book is a new topic to me. I will look for it at the library.

  4. This one sounds really interesting to me – my son’s teachers asked us to try cutting out dairy last year to see if it helped my son calm down….and it did. So that whole experience has made me really interested in this topic. Might have to make room for this book!

  5. Sounds fascinating. A book that I probably would have passed on once upon a time, since his diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease a while ago I’ve become fascinated by the ‘second brain’.

  6. The more we learn about our bodies the more we realize how literally everything is connected to literally everything else … it really is quite fascinating.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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