Miriam Polunin Healing Foods (DK Living)

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Healing Foods (DK Living)

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An essential reference to the best foods for good health.

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With so many conflicting nutrition messages around, deciding exactly which foods are healthiest and why can seem daunting. Healing Foods helps clear up the culinary confusion by explaining nutrition basics and profiling 50 key foods that can improve health, prevent illness, and promote well-being. The featured foods are beautifully photographed and accompanied by nutritional values, therapeutic properties, health benefits, and information on how to properly select, store, and cook various foods.

There's a section describing the best foods to eat to enhance the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, urinary, and immune systems; treat diabetes; and improve emotional health. The special dietary needs of teens, pregnant women, and older people are also highlighted, along with special foods that are beneficial to women's health.

While Healing Foods lacks step-by-step advice on putting together a good diet and may be slightly confusing for readers who are used to the American Food Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines (the author is British), it contains numerous practical tips and innovative yet easy recipes to help you incorporate more healing foods into your life. If, like increasing numbers of holistic and traditional practitioners, you believe food is your best medicine, then you should certainly consider making Healing Foods part of your library. --Ellen Albertson

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The Knopf Canada Book of Healing Foods is a guide for everyday living, and the fastest way to understand how the foods you eat can help to heal, and help you remain healthy.

There's a healing food for almost every common health problem - from colds, stress, insomnia and high blood pressure to more complicated illnesses - and most are as close as your local grocer. Healing Foods is an indispensable guide to choosing the best foods for an active life - a bright and friendly market of knowledge that makes the time you spend at the dinner table an investment in spirited living.

In beautiful colour, it also highlights health-giving foods and their nutritional and medicinal benefits. Information on buying, storing and preparing healing foods is clearly listed, and each item - from pineapples and chilies to almonds and apricots - is linked to delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes from around the world.

A questionnaire helps you assess your diet and general health to pinpoint problem areas, while a section on ailments and treatments makes it easy to address individual concerns. Fully indexed, illustrated throughout in full colour, Healing Foods is a goldmine of information and recipes to treasure.

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