Sunday, October 5, 2014

Book Review: Ultimate Health

I believe everybody wants to be healthy. However, lots of us are not intentional about how we take care of our health. Ultimate Health is a valuable resource full of information that will help readers stay healthy and strong when they apply what they learn from it. The book starts with the Ultimate Health Assessment which covers 20 areas of our whole health (body, mind, and spirit). The authors encourage us readers to take the preventive and proactive approaches to achieve our ultimate health. We can indeed improve our quality of life and in most cases, extend our length of life by following the simple yet effective steps and guidelines offered in this comprehensive health guide. The topics covered in the book include Mental Management, Eliminating Stress, Strengthening Your Immune System, Exercise, Nutrition, Toxic Elimination, Sleep, Hormones, Vitamins, Managing Your Emotions, Spiritual Wellness, and more. Oral, vision, skin, ear, nose, throat cares are also addressed. At the end of each chapter, there's a list of main take-away points/tips from that chapter. At the end of the book, you will find the Reference Lists of 25 Healthy Foods, 25 Unhealthy Foods, 25 Terms to Know, 25 Actions to Speed Up Your Metabolism, and 25 Tools for Your Ultimate Health Tool Chest. I love these! I also like the here-and-there gray boxes that contain important facts or advice.

Most of us (if not all) would agree that we would love to have more energy and live more productively. Well, it is attainable. Reading this book is like having a personal health coach. Nevertheless, it only works if we take it to heart and take action. We must make some lifestyle changes, develop the daily healthy habits, and keep our mind, body, emotion, and spirit in healthy balance. I'm thankful for the book; I was made aware of several things that I didn't know about or think about. I also appreciate that it's not too technical; it's pretty easy to understand. One of my favorite chapters is the last chapter about Spiritual Wellness which talks about God and mentions Bible verses. I especially love this passage: "There is no Ultimate Health, spiritually speaking, without Godly Wisdom. This means seeing things from God's viewpoint and then responding by applying the principles of truth. With this frame of reference we will be able to withstand the onslaught against us in all spheres of our lives...At life's end, each one of us is forced to confront the spiritual." (p. 148) I highly recommend this educational, insightful, & practical book to anyone who cares about healthy living. Do yourselves a big favor by educating yourselves with this book!

"Ultimate Health is an active process of developing essential daily habits that are restorative and transformative--habits that lead to a vibrant, energetic life for decades to come." (p. 26)
"The difference between health care (preventative medicine) and sick care (going to the doctor after you feel bad) is testing, prevention, and a holistic mind-set about your health." (p. 34)
"The antioxidants in fresh fruits and vegetables cancel out the free radicals that damage our various body tissues as a result of routine daily metabolism, sun exposure, poor dietary habits, and environmental exposures." (p.67)
"There are four basic types of cravings: protein, sugar, carbohydrates, and salt." (p. 110)

~ I received a free copy of this book via The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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