Super Immunity - giveaway
Full disclosure: I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours. They asked for my honest opinion and I'm giving it. The scientific evidence is from the book, the opinions are all mine.
Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free is written by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and on the cover it says "no shots" "no drugs" "no sick days" ... ok I'm listening... I'd like to be healthy without taking any wacky drugs, wouldn't you?
I'm a nerd and always read the introduction as opposed to skipping right on to chapter one. If I had been in a book store and just read the intro to get an idea of the book I would have put it down and walked away. In all truth it reads like an infomercial and made me on guard to not listen to anything the author had to say. (apparently I'm experiencing a defiant teenager point of view lately)
Since I already said I would read and review the book I knew stopping here wasn't an option, so I went on, still very skeptical, and continued reading. (I'm glad I did)
The first part of the book is teaching the reader about macronutrients vs micronutrients. Macronutrients are the things we all learn about in school, carbohydrates, fat and protein. These are also the things we should be less worried about. The things we should be worried about are micronutrients, which are things like vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and enzymes.
He then goes into talking about how void most of our diets are of micronutrient rich foods which leads to a poor immune system, thus leading us to getting sick. He even sites examples of people curing illnesses and even cancer by simply changing their diet. (this part got me a little skeptical again). In theory it made sense what he was saying... but it's still hard to think eating greens would cure every cancer patient. I mean if it did.. wouldn't we be serving up greens instead of chemo? At the same time maybe that's the whole point of this book, getting people to reevaluate what "medicine" they should be taking?
Next Dr. Fuhrman talks about what foods we really should be eating. To make it super simple for you my main take away was to eat mushrooms, onions, and leafy greens like kale/spinach every day. He has a full list explaining what foods are the most filled with micronutrients and essential to staying healthy AKA giving you super immunity. The book also has 60 or so pages in the back dedicated to immune boosting recipes that I will for sure be trying and posting about.
In the end I'm not going to totally change the way I eat. Dr. Fuhrman equated a piece of chicken breast to being equally void of micronutrients as a cookie. (I can't say I'm totally down with that logic). But I will say that the book got me thinking more about including greens into my diet daily, along with more beans, seeds, and nuts. Am I going vegan or flexitarian anytime soon? Nope. Will I be making John and myself eat more leafy greens and beans. Yes :)
TLC Tours wanted me to also tell you to text “SUPERIMMUNITY” to READIT (732348) for bonus content not included in the book.
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