The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated OrganPaperback - 2015
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We've heard a lot lately about trusting your gut, but what is the "gut" and why on earth should we trust it? Turns out, there's a lot that goes on there and some of it is trustworthy. “Every day we live and every meal we eat we influence the great microbial organ inside us - for better ... Read More »
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"So, whether it's extra virgin olive oil or cheap fat from french fries, it all goes straight into the heart -- there is no detoxing detour via the liver as there is for everything else we digest.... Just as bad fat can have a negative effect, good fat can work wonders. Those who are prepared to spend that little bit extra on cold-pressed (extra virgin) olive oil will be dunking their baguette in a soothing balm for their heart and blood vessels." (p. 53)
"The mouth is a place of superlatives. The most powerful muscles in our body are the jaw muscles; the body's most flexible striated (not smooth) muscle is the tongue. Working together they are not only incredible crunchers, they are also nimble manipulators. Another candidate for the record books is tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance produced by the human body. And it needs to be, since our jaws can exert a pressure of up to 180 pounds (80 kilos) on each of our molars -- or approximately the weight of a grown man! When we encounter something hard in our food, we pound it with almost the equivalent force of an entire football team jumping up and down on it before we swallow it." (p. 82)
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