Healing Foods: Nutrition For The Mind, Body, And Spirit
by Michael van Straten
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Barnes Noble Books
Healing Foods: Nutrition for the Mind, Body, and Spirit shows you how you can successfully harness the healing power of food and how you can adapt your eating pattern to prevent disease and promote well-being. Divided into four sections, it covers the nutritional needs of people of all ages, offers an index of positive foods, lists ailments that can be cured or helped by a change in eating habits, steers the reader through the vitamin and mineral maze, and gives useful information on supplements and food additives.
This book only has 224 pages, but it’s packed full of information. It has 4 parts, each with quite a few chapters.
Part 1 is Food For Life
It covers a wide range of topics like Free Radicals and Antioxidants, Strength and Stamina (for men, women, teen girls and teen boys), Pregnancy, Menopause, and Memory/Concentration.
Part 2 is The Food Index
The first chapter explains in detail What Is Nutrution? It lists a few specific diets: Vegetarian, Mederterranean, Macrobiotic, Food Combining, Exclusion, and Convalescent. Next the book covers the different types of food like fruit, veggies, fats/oils, bread, eggs etc. It’s very detailed, even covering cerals and drinks. I learned that cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are part of what is called Brassicas.
Part 3 is Ailments That Food Can Help Heal
This is my favorite. It includes sections on foods that can help or prevent different conditions like allergies, alopecia, anemia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood sugar, bronchitis, childhood diseases like chicken pox and German measles, food poisoning, shingles, varicose veins and more. It gives you tips on what to eat/drink and explains what’s causing it.
Part 4 is Useful Information
This chapter has a section on Abbreviations. COAD stands for Chronic Obstuctive Airways Disease, WHO stands for World Health Organization, ADI stants for Acceptable Daily Intake. There are many more in this list too. More chapters cover Vitamins/Minerals, Medicine and Drugs, Additives, Further Reading guide, a really long list of Useful Addresses like Alzheimer’s Association, Epiepsy Foundation Of America, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and an Index.
I’ve had a few similar books throughout the years but I think this is the best I’ve seen. I love it so much I want to buy a copy so I can have it handy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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