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The UltraMind Solution

Posted Jun 01 2009 10:15pm

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Today I’m combining a little teabag wisdom with a book review for  Barrie Summy’s Book Review Club .  Don’t forget to check out Barrie’s other great book club reviews for June. 

Today, my little yogi teabag saying is: “The body is a temple.  Take care of it.”  Well, that certainly is an excellent lead in to the book I’ve been reading, which is in my humble opinion, a real eye opener to our SAD (Standard American Diet) diet.  “The UltraMind Solution” by Mark Hyman, M.D.

Are you stressed out?  Do you need mega-cups of caffeine to get through your day?  Do you find yourself craving sweets?  Are you plagued by depression, anxiety, memory loss, brain fog, ADD, ADHD, autism, or dementia?  Are you tired of going to the doctor or popping pills?  You are not alone.

There’s an epidemic going on that is causing many illnesses today that didn’t exist in previous generations.  Millions of people are suffering and spending billions of dollars on drugs, only to find they don’t work.  What Dr. Hyman suggests in “The UltraMind Solution” is your food may be the source of the problem.

I found this book to be an easy to understand explanation of how problems associated with the brain are really a disconnect between how your brain and body communicate.  It’s the old “garbage in – garbage out” idea.  If you consume unhealthy foods (like junk food, red meat, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.), your body has a difficult time processing the food and getting the proper energy to keep your body and brain functioning at optimal capacity. 

Dr. Hyman explains his seven keys to Ultrawellness: 1) Optimize your nutrition, 2) balance your hormones, 3) reduce inflammation, 4) fix your digestion, 5) detoxify your body, 6) boost your metabolism, and 7) calm your mind.  It’s a holistic approach to getting healthy.

Inside the book, you will find research on different illnesses and how changing your diet and lifestyle habits can improve your health.  There are dozens of stories of his patients who have suffered from these illnesses and are now cured.  In addition to an easy to understand explanation of how the body metabolizes food which affects the brain, the book includes information on nutritional supplements, checklists to see if you are deficient in a particular nutritient, and a six-week plan to follow.  I particularly liked all the quizzes sprinkled throughout the book to help identify vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

There is also a website you can go to for a free download of The UltraMind Solution Companion Guide filled with recipes, menus and my favorite – a shopping list.

I’ve tried out several of their recipes already and I have to say I’m sold.  In one week, I have more energy and feel healthier than I have been in years.  If you are ready for a change, this is the book for you.


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