Book review | The Gut by Payal Kothari


Author: Payal Kothari

Genre: Non-fiction

No. of pages: 232

Published by: Rupa Publications

Published on: 10th March 2021 

Format: eBook 

My rating: ★★★★☆

How does the gut affect immunity?
 What is the connection of our gut and mental health?
How can we cure issues like acidity, obesity and brain fog?

The good news is that almost any ailment can be healed. The key is not just managing the symptoms but treating it from its root cause—the gut! 

Your gut is a host to 100 trillion bacteria, good and bad, living in Synergy with each other to help fight against pathogens, diseases and germ attacks. It also helps accelerate your weight loss journey as well as build and boost immunity to fight any virus. The gut is also the main reason you can remember and reason things; it is where your fight-flight responses lay. It helps builds your cognitive fitness and protects your mental well-being as it is also your happy hormone secretor.

However, modern lifestyle changes have made our guts more vulnerable than ever before. Payal kothari’s the gut is all about understanding your bio-individual needs. It simplifies ways to heal simple and chronic illnesses by eating the right foods and releasing stress from your gut. The gut is the core of who we are, and this fascinating book tells you how to start listening to your gut instincts—from simple things like what to eat to closing a million-dollar deal!.

Food is the most integral part of our lives. And Payal Kothari's The Gut brings you the science behind food, digestion, and everything that revolves around it. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of the biological basis of eating and digestion and Part 2 focuses on healthy and mindful eating habits. 

The author deconstructs the neuroanatomical aspect of digestion - the parts involved, the connection our gut has with our brain, and most importantly, how to maintain and strengthen our gut-brain connection. This part busts major myths surrounding food and gives you detail-oriented descriptions about the effects different kind of foods have over your body. Not only that, the author tells you the kind of food you need when your mind, body and health goes through different phases - for example, pregnancy or when people develop neurocognitve diseases. 

The second part of the book takes you to a step-by-step process on developing healthy food habits, foods that would help lose weight, ways of keeping your other organs healthy and in check. It also talks about an interesting side of your gut - the "gut feeling" - and explains us what it actually is and how it works. The author gives us eating regimes, dietary plans and some healthy food recipes that adds a cherry on the top.

PAYAL KOTHARI embarked on her health and wellness journey with the world’s largest nutrition school, IIN—Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York USA, IIN Advanced Business, Medvarsity, India’s leading training academy, Kaizad Kapadia’s K11 and QI academy. She has 150 published articles under her belt from prestigious publications like Times of India, Vogue, The Indian Express, Hindustan Times and ET Panache. She holds practical certifications from ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and has been a part of some of the most powerful global Transformation Programs like Date with Destiny & Unleash the Power Within with Tony Robbins. Today, Payal is one of the rare few IIN-certified coaches in India who practises Integrative Nutrition and Transformation.

To further accelerate her Transformations, she mastered the art of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Program) certified under John Grinder through various international courses and made her clients’ chariot of life stronger and progressive. Payal’s mastery in NLP gives her an edge in getting results accurately for her clients. She is also a sought-after speaker at schools, colleges, universities, corporates and at several different forums. She is a master trainer who ensures faster results from her workshops.

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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