‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’ Scientifically Reveals Why Food Changes Our Mood [REVIEW]

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Discover why we need to eat with purpose in National Geographic’s The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection by Scott C. Anderson with John F. Cryan, Ph.D.. and Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo by Joshua Rappeneker, Flickr)

Most of us realize that when we eat well, we feel better. But if the food we eat is too rich or sugary, it can make us feel sick to our stomachs. National Geographic’s new book, The Psychobiotic Revolution, helps us make sense of this gut-brain connection and shows us how to use it to our advantage. 


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With this thoroughly researched and authoritative new book, Scott C. Anderson, John F. Cryan, and Ted Dinan prove the old adage is true, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” They provide compelling evidence utilizing the latest science to reveal why we feel the way we do when we eat certain foods.

As an avid health nut, I always try to do my homework about what I eat, making sure I consume natural foods and herbal remedies before turning to manufactured drugs to help me feel better. Hence, I really appreciated how the authors review the different brands of probiotics on the market (pgs. 173-177) and then teach us how to choose the best psychobiotics to target any afflictions we may have (pgs. 177-179).

Many of my burning questions were answered in a simple and succinct way that makes the battle to improve our health and diet much more feasible. For example, I discovered that the few probiotics I thought were good for me are simply okay, or they may not meet the standards listed on the label at all. (You can only guess how surprising that was!) Of course, the book also stresses the importance of exercise, reducing sugar and alcohol intake, and the value of getting plenty of Omega 3 oils each day.

Overall, if you want to learn about the gut and brain connection, The Psychobiotic Revolution is a compelling, albeit deeply scientific, volume about brain food which demonstrates how we can improve our mood, our mental health, and our life.

The Psychobiotic revolution authors

The authors of The Psychobiotic Revolution: Scott C. Anderson (left, photo by Brooke Anderson), John F. Cryan, (center, photo by Claire Keogh), and Ted Dinan (right, photo by Lucinda Scott).


Scott C. Anderson (left) is a veteran science journalist with specialization in medical topics and computer programming. He was one of the creators of Lego Island, a computer game, and his work has combined computer programming with medical research. He runs a laboratory called Freedom Health that studies bacterial health in racehorses and has developed prebiotics for animals and humans. He lives in Hudson, Ohio (between Cleveland and Akron), was born in Frankfort, Germany, and recently lived in Sonoma, California.

John F. Cryan (center) is professor and chair of the department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork. A principle investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, a leading-edge institute researching the role of microbiome in health and disease, he lives in Cork, Ireland.

Ted Dinan (right) is professor of psychiatry and a principle investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. He was previously chair of clinical neurosciences and professor of psychological medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He lives in Cork, Ireland.

By Scott C. Anderson with John F. Cryan, Ph.D. and Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D.
304 pgs. National Geographic. $26.

Purchase The Psychobiotic Revolution at one of these fine online retailers: National Geographic, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

The Psychobiotic Revolution is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

The Psychobiotic Revolution Giveaway

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About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

3 Responses to ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’ Scientifically Reveals Why Food Changes Our Mood [REVIEW]

  1. trish says:

    Interesting! I’m fascinated by how food affects us and our body is interconnected. Knowledge like this feels like it’ll be a ‘duh’ at some point, but for now it feels pretty groundbreaking.

    Thank you for being on the tour!

  2. Pingback: Scott C. Anderson with John F. Cryan, Ph.D., and Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D., authors of The Psychobiotic Revolution, on tour November 2017 | TLC Book Tours

  3. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    You don’t have to turn into mean Joe Pesci when you get “hangry.” Lean what foods you should eat to ultimately improve your mood, your health, and your life in National Geographic’s new book, The Psychobiotic Revolution.

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