10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Alanna Collen10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Alanna Collen

10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

byAlanna Collen

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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You are just 10% human. For every one of the cells that make up the vessel that you call your body, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but also bacteria and fungi. Over your lifetime, you will carry the equivalent weight of five African elephants in microbes. You are not an individual but a colony.

Until recently, we had thought our microbes hardly mattered, but science is revealing a different story, one in which microbes run our bodies; remaining a healthy human is impossible without them.

In this riveting, shocking, and beautifully written book, biologist Alanna Collen draws on the latest scientific research to show how our personal colony of microbes influences our weight, immune system, mental health, and even our choice of partner. She argues that so many of our modern diseases—obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmune afflictions, and even cancer—have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our individual colony of microbes.

The good news is that unlike our human cells, we can change our microbes for the better. Life—and your body—will never seem the same again.
Title:10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and HappinessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.82 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062345990

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good a very interesting book about bacteria.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book. Great for those who are interested in the relationship between bacteria and diet!
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“Fascinating… I like 10% Human because while talking to an incredibly specific topic, it highlights the wholeness of the whole. It reminds me that no matter how specific we get with anything-it’s always part of a bigger picture.”