Mark Hyman's book is different from other books on diebetic life as it also focuses on environmental factors such as pollution, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in our food.
Main ideas from the book:
1. It is not that hard to buy foods that are organic, rBGH-free, free of high fructose corn syrup and so forth. (but it is more expensive)
Non-GMO foods are harder. With a bit of some homework about your needs and budgeting, you can get these food items into your daily diet.
2. Take quality supplemenbts (but again, those do not come cheap)
3. Exercise a lot.
4. A low glycemic diet ("slow" carbs) is the only diet that has proven effective since it does not spike blood sugar and insulin.
There are no essential carbs as there are essential amino acids and fatty acids; however, carbs including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds are critical for our health because they include high levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phyto-nutrients and phyto-chemicals. Other crucial measures are exercise, nutritional supplements, achieving hormonal balance, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, detoxification, enhancing metabolism, and stress reduction.
5. The "continuum concept"
There is a continuum from optimal health to hidden imbalance to serious dysfunction to disease. Anywhere along the continuum, we can intervene and reverse the process.
Essentially, disease disappears as a side effect of getting healthy.
The book also some controversial suggestions like buying processed food such as Tofu or buying cheaper olive oil from Costco, which some say is not pure olive oil but olive oil mixed with very inferior, inflammatory oil
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