Being the mother of a new baby, I have more than my own health to think about. What I do to my own health could have an impact on my 3 month old's health. Reading through Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal, I've been reminded of some things I knew and given some new found advice for giving my son that best start possible. The book is divided into four sections:
Part 1 – Nutrition
Food groups, vitamin and mineral recommendations, antioxidants, prebiotics, probioitics, food safety, organic food, additives, fast food, food storage, eating to heal. That's what this section discusses. It's not that much reading, but provides an a good amount of information on eating to heal.
Part 2 – Foods
Want to learn more about a particular food? In this section you can learn the benefits and harm that a food provides your body. For instance, I drink a lot of milk, so I was curious if I knew all there was to know about milk. I learned that milk heals insulin resistance, which is something I'm prone to have a problem with. Insulin resistance is one of the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, something I was diagnosed with in 2006. I had been drinking more milk than usual when I turned up pregnant unexpectedly last year. Seems to be more than a coincidence, in my opinion.
Part 3 – Ailments
The book covers 50+ ailments, including my ailments consisting of polycystic ovary syndrome, GERD, seasonal allergies, obesity, and stress, to name a few. My older son has pneumonia frequently and the book actually suggests certain foods to avoid. I was surprised to see a certain vegetable listed as harmful — one I make him eat.
Part 4 – Ages & Stages There is even a section for pregnancy and breastfeeding, infants, childhood and the senior years. I am currently breastfeeding and I read that I shouldn't be eating flaxseed, because it acts like the hormone estrogen.
This book has already become a handy reference for eating healthy and making it easier to figure out why we feel the way we do physically. I am looking forwarding to treating some of our ailments with food.
I received Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal from FSB Media in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book
Boost mood, rev energy, and live longer with every bite
Confused about whether you should go low-carb or low-fat? Wondering whether wine or beer is healthier? Concerned that your diet is making a health condition worse? Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal sets the record straight on what to eat to prevent or treat a wide variety of ailments.
The first edition of this pioneering guide changed the way we view food and its impact on our bodies. Since then, researchers have continued to uncover the effects — both good or bad — of food on cancer, stress, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and other common conditions.
In this completely revised, updated, and redesigned edition you'll find:
- More than 170 foods, from apples to zucchini plus simple ways to eat, cook, and store each food to maximize its healing potential.
- More than 100 health conditions — from arthritis to varicose veins — with quick tips on what to eat to prevent or treat each ailment.
- An all-new overview of nutrition and food safety, including the role of phytochemicals in health; the potential dangers of pesticides, food additives, and genetically modified crops; and the best healthy cooking methods.
- Special features on the benefits of vitamin D, the real deal on high-fructose corn syrup, the dangers of mixing food and medicine, and much more.
Let food be your medicine, and let Foods That Harm, Foods That Healbe your prescription.