The Secret of the Gut

The gut has the bad reputation of being smelly. However, we rarely give much thought to how important it is. Now you can get to know this part of us that is so close but still unreachable. In through the mouth and out through the rear! In between, you will learn about the digestive process, intestinal microbes and the wellbeing of your gut.

When examined closely, the functioning of the gut can even be considered intelligent. Not only that, but it is densely populated! There are billions of bacteria living in our intestines, and this microflora affects our daily lives – not only our physical, but also our mental wellbeing. Our coexistence with our microbes is so intense that we can actually talk about “us” rather than “me”: without our microbes we could not survive!

The Secret of the Gut exhibition, based on the book by Giulia and Jill Enders, sheds light on the functioning of this often undervalued system and helps us understand how we can use this knowledge to make ourselves feel better.

The exhibition has been produced by Cité des sciences (part of Universcience) in Paris, in collaboration with Heureka and Pavilhão do Conhecimento in Lisbon.

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In co-operation

  • Biocodex
  • Cité des sciences

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What is the exhibition about?

Inspired by the book ‘Gut: The inside story of our body’s most underrated organ’.

We see the heart as indispensable to life because it pumps blood around the body. We admire the brain for its ability to form thoughts every second. But most of us think that the gut is good for little more than going to the toilet. The gut seems yucky. Yet the world is much more fascinating when we explore what is hidden from sight. If we take a closer look, we see that the gut is not only clever, it is also populated! We may not feel them, but billions of bacteria live there: this microbiota contributes to the healthy functioning of our organism. 

This exhibition, inspired by the book by Giulia and Jill Enders, gives you a look at this underrated organ, reveals how beautiful it is and explains how to use this knowledge to improve our daily lives. 

The exhibition visit is divided into three parts: 

  1. A tour of our digestion 
  2. Microbiota in the limelight
  3. Gut health

For example, you can

  • Locate the digestive organs in our body from the mirror.
  • Test that are you well positioned on toilet seat.
  • Watch the Film about defecation.
  • Learn Scatological notes.
  • Meet an ‘all clean’ mouse.

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