Optimum Nutrition for the Mind

Optimum Nutrition for the Mind

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Optimum nutrition is a revolution in healthcare. Patrick Holford's first major book, The Optimum Nutrition Bible, dealt with the effect of good nutrition for the body. Optimum Nutrition for the Mind reveals what good nutrition can do for the mind. Some 80 per cent of us suffer from 'affluent malnutrition', and struggle to cope with the demands of 21st-century life. No wonder the World Health Organization has reported that mental health problems are fast becoming the world's number-one health issue. The good news is that you can 'feed' your brain to clear your thinking, sharpen your memory and smooth out your mood swings. What you eat DOES affect your mind, and can transform how you think and feel. In Optimum Nutrition for the Mind Patrick Holford has drawn on the latest breakthroughs in medical science to show how everyone, at any age, can improve their state of mind with the right nutrition. And he shows how in cases of many serious conditions, from autism to schizophrenia, balanced nutrition can be a key factor in achieving a cure. This is the first definitive, readable and practical guide to solving mental health problems through nutrition. Read this book and find out how you can use optimum nutrition to * Increase your IQ and improve your concentration * Boost your memory and sharpen your mind - whatever your age * Improve your mood, banish mood swings and beat depression * Conquer stress and anxiety and get a great night's sleep and how optimum nutrition can * Reverse learning difficulties, dyslexia and hyperactivity * Help children with Down's syndrome and autism * Prevent and arrest dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease * Speed up recovery from schizophreniashow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 32mm | 580.61g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0749923989
  • 9780749923983
  • 1,274,284

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Can we cope in a society where all human beings are facing massive adaptive stress? This is Patrick Holford's opening question and one which is relevant to everyone striving to keep up in a world where, thanks to advances in modern technology, we are never out of reach. People are experiencing fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, sleeping problems and the blues, all of which, this book claims, are 'the hallmarks of our age'. People who are even less well adapted become mentally ill, and many psychiatric illnesses are on the increase. So how can we stay mentally fit? This book aims to present a solution and to explain how our nutritional and biochemical imbalances affect how we think and feel. Patrick Holford is Britain's leading nutritionist and has published many, highly successful books covering a variety of health issues. This latest book is intelligently presented, with plenty of clear diagrams and illustrative case studies; it also contains a list of useful addresses and a product and supplement directory. There are many fascinating facts scattered throughout the chapters - did you know that there are as many cells in our brains as there are trees in the Amazon rainforest? - and several questionnaires which encourage readers to assess their own nutritional fitness. Holford claims that how we think and feel is directly affected by what we eat. There are, he claims, five essential 'brain booster foods' which involve balancing glucose, essential fats, phospholipids, amino acids and vitamins and minerals, and he supplies detailed accounts of the essential nutrients and how we can incorporate these into our daily food intake. The results of many studies are provided to back up the claims for the link between mental health and nutrition. This is a very comprehensive guide, dealing with a wide range of topics, including avoiding food additives, intolerances and how to boost intelligence, enhance memory and beat the blues. The book attempts to uncover the reality of mental illness and how to deal most effectively with it. It also explores the idea that we all suffer from elements of mental illness at times and can address these symptoms (insomnia, irritability, anxiety, depression and so on) by paying attention to our diets and lifestyle choices. This is a bold and confident book that promotes a greater awareness of mental health and a pro-active approach to reaching our full mental potential. Interesting and informative, it certainly contains food for thought. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford is founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. He is Britain's top nutrition expert and is the author of over 20 health books.show more