SUPERFOODS TO SUPERHEALTH BY DR JOHANNA WARD
BY SARA DARLING
There is much to be said about eating yourself fitter. But when you’re not feeling particularly motivated, and need a little nudge, this engaging and informative guide from Dr Ward will awaken your senses, and potentially add twenty years on to your life!
It’s pretty hip to be vegetarian at the moment, but there is science backing up the plant based revolution. Picking up the life manual “Superfoods to Superhealth” by Dr Ward is certainly an eye opener to the harm that the typical western lifestyle of excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, salt, additives, preservatives, chemicals, processed foods and high animal protein, which are evident in most grocery store processed foods, and pollute our bodies in our everyday life.
Providing an indispensable guide to vegetable nutrition that’s geared toward practical use, Dr Ward examines the free radicals that damage our cells that cause ageing and cancer. However, this is not a fact that the public is typically aware of, and we still indulge in food that is critical in the advancement of obesity, diabetes, dementia and heart disease. This handbook offers simple diet-change solutions that can prevent these illnesses from attacking our immune system.
It's common knowledge that we need to eat a diet containing plenty of vegetables, and stores often inform us when products are one of our ‘five a day’, but Dr Ward goes one step further, and uncovers the myths of superfoods. From kale to broccoli to nuts to cherries and chia seeds. Fans of superfoods are aware that they contain a lot of iron/ vitamins/ fibre/ antioxidants - but that doesn’t mean your body gets superpowers if you eat more than you need, especially if you’re already getting enough from other sources. It’s like trying to make your car go faster by putting in more petrol- not at all necessary, and a waste of money!
Seaweed on the other hand, is a rare example of a non-animal product that is rich in vitamin B12, which makes it an important food for vegans who don’t want to take supplements. Thus, for this small group of people who choose to have a nutrient deficiency, but hate pills, seaweed is a kind of superfood. For everybody else, however, it is just tasty and healthy (as part of a balanced diet).
And we all know that too much cholesterol is all bad, but monounsaturated fat, which helps to protect your cardiovascular system is vital in a healthy diet. Take inspiration from oily fish, nuts, uncooked olive oil and sunflower oil, and mix them up!
Dr Ward gives easy to follow motivation for readers to meet their goals and live a healthy life. the book also gives practical insight into what to do with this new knowledge, including easy to follow stress management, meditation, sleep and relaxation exercises, along with some easy to follow recipes for optimum taste and goodness.
Breaking down a life changing goal is never going to be easy, but by dipping into lifestyle management, motivation, and discipline in a way that will not only affect the reader, but the wider world, Dr Ward aims to integrate healthy eating with healthy living. With the book providing a fully integrated view of health which involves the mind, body, and spirit.
It is equally important to care for your mental health, Depression, can be the secondary result of sleep deprivation to zinc deficiency, so rather than reaching for psychiatric pills, a change of diet might be your first port of call. Set out to debunk common health myths, Dr Ward debunks myths on how the health of the mind affects the health of the body.
Offering a thorough dissection of what our bodies actually need, the book, akin to a bible for anyone who cares, provides intelligent and sustainable food choices for the next generation, with a practical guide on how to adhere to the life choices, and cut down on things that pollute our bodies including which are all culprits in the modern food system and share the blame for our declining health.
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