Today, I’m reviewing Dr. Joseph Mercola’s book, Effortless Healing. I received this book in exchange for an honest review, so here goes:
All in all, this book is informative and well-written. The author doesn’t come across as a know-it-all or talk down to the reader. The book contains a wealth of information about dietary and lifestyle changes one can make to heal themselves and prevent future diseases.
However, as somebody who’s fairly well-read on the subject thanks to the internet and similar books such as Grain Brain, Wheat Belly, or Why We Get Fat, this information is not new for me. It is a fantastic summary of the information that’s available and could be a worthwhile read for those looking to make lifestyle changes.
The book itself is broken into three parts:
- Part One: Effortless Health
- This part of the book explains what “effortless healing” is and why one would need it. It sets the reader up for the next portion of the book, which outlines 9 different principles to heal one’s body.
- Part Two: Help Your Body Fix Itself
- This part of the book contains nine principles that just make sense: drink pure water, eat your veggies, burn fat for fuel, exercise less and gain more benefits, enjoy the sun and get your vitamin D, let your gut flourish, clean your brain with sleep, go barefoot, and avoid these six “health foods”.
- Each section contains about 20-30 pages of information and goes into the why and how one would follow each principle. Knowing why I’d want to do something is important to me, and I’m sure it’s important to others as well. Each section outlines simple changes one can make in their lives to begin the healing process.
- Part Three: Make It Your Own
- Part three of the book helps you set a goal for your healing, addresses emotional stumbling blocks, and provides an example of a week of effortless healing. Each day in the weekly plan has meal ideas, activities one can do (not just exercise, but things like “eat lunch outside” for sunlight exposure as well), and an advanced technique for those who find they’d like more of a challenge. The advanced section is basically an extra activity to boost the healing process. The best part of this weekly plan, in my opinion, is the fact that the benefit of each activity is stated right there on the page so one can understand why these things help.
In the end, it’s not a book I’d pick up at the book store for myself, but I would consider getting it for a friend or family member who’s looking for a lifestyle change but doesn’t want to read a ton of books or websites to get the information.
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