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Improve Your Digestion (Optimum Nutrition Handbook) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Holford
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You are not what you eat. You are what you can digest. Good digestion helps you absorb health-promoting nutrients and enables your body to stay balanced and free from disease and discomfort. It is vital to keep your digestive system in shape and the key is eating the right food. Understanding nutrition and correctly supplementing your diet really will improve your digestion.In this breakthrough book you will learn how to: Prevent indigestion, heartburn and ulcers Beat Candida and gut infectionsá Conquer food allergies Heal irritable bowel syndrome, Crohns disease and colitisá Prevent wind, bloating and constipation Detoxify and cleanse your body.

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A practical easy-to-follow plan for improving your digestion - and overall health - and addressing common digestive problems

About the Author

Patrick Holford is one of the UK's best-known nutrition experts and a leading spokesman on nutrition in the media. In 1984 he founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, an idependent educational charity, and is chief executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation. He is also the author of over 30 health books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; Reprint edition (2 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OEIDM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, CHNC pioneers new approaches to health and nutrition. He is the founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (Europe's leading training centre for nutritional therapists), is Chief Executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation and the author of over 30 books.

He is widely regarded as Britain's best-selling author and leading spokesman on nutrition and mental health issues, hence being frequently quoted in national newspapers from the Daily Mail to the Guardian. Patrick is also popular on radio shows and national television as a presenter, interviewer and guest.

Patrick started his academic career in the field of psychology. While completing his bachelor degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of York, he researched the role of nutrition in mental health and illness. He became a student of the late Dr Carl Pfeiffer, director of Princeton's Brain Bio Center, and later a student of Dr Abram Hoffer, Director of the International Schizophrenia Foundation in Canada, who were leading the field in mental health and nutrition. In 1980 he started treating mental health patients with nutritional medicine.

In 1984 Patrick founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), a charitable and independent educational trust for the furtherance of education and research in nutrition. Today, ION is the largest training school in the UK offering a diploma course in nutritional therapy and is widely respected as a leading edge organisation by professionals and media alike. Patrick formed a relationship with the late Dr Linus Pauling, who became the Patron of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

In 1986, Patrick started researching the effects of nutrition on intelligence, collaborating with Gwillym Roberts, a headmaster and student at ION. This culminated in a randomised controlled trial testing the effects of improved nutrition on children's IQ - an experiment that was the subject of a Horizon documentary and published in the Lancet in 1988. This study was the first of its kind in the world and considerably raised awareness of the role of nutrition in intelligence.

During his years as director of ION, Patrick ran many educational campaigns that brought attention to the importance of zinc and pyrolluyria, disglycaemia, antioxidants, methylation and homocysteine, IgG food allergies, essential fats in mental health - factors still greatly underestimated in the treatment of mental illness. Patrick retired as Director of ION in 1997 to focus on writing, teaching and researching.

Patrick was awarded an honorary Diploma from ION and is also an Honorary Fellow of BANT (the British Association of Nutritional Therapists), and a Member of CHNC (The Complementary and Natural
Healthcare Council). In 2003 he founded the Brain Bio Centre at ION, a treatment centre pioneering the optimum nutrition approach for mental health, to formalise the treatment of mental health with nutrition and to act as a research centre. The Brain Bio centre is owned by the Food for the Brain Foundation, a registered education charity set up by Patrick to promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition. In 2007, Patrick was appointed Patron of South African Association for Nutritional Therapy, and in 2014 he was inducted onto the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame.

Patrick lectures and conducts workshops throughout the world on a wide range of topics, to the public, health professionals and the medical profession. In the UK he presents around 50 workshops and lectures a year. His knowledge, personality and enthusiasm, together with his strong scientific approach, helps him to stimulate lively debates, simplifying complex issues and help the public and professionals expand their understanding of health issues. Patrick is frequently involved in government campaigns and debates concerning optimum nutrition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely basic 29 Jan. 2012
By J. Kirk
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If you know nothing about digestion or nutrition, want an easy-to-read, concise overview, and find you struggle a bit with books on the topic of science, this is probably the book for you. For the price it seems reasonable, and can be read in a single session without breaking much of a sweat.

If you've read any other books on the subject, you'll likely find this too lightweight and of little value. There was the occasional fact that was new to me, but I found the other reviewers opinion that it's much like a pamphlet from your doctor's surgery to be quite accurate.

Other, more detailed books like Digestive Wellness are quoted in the pages here, and it made me think I'd have been better off buying those books instead and getting the original account in full detail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Informative 17 Mar. 2004
By Aj Viljoen VINE VOICE
This book goes beyond casual reading, and reveals the authors as truly knowledgable. It goes a lot deeper than what the average reader might expect, but this is not a criticism, as we rarely find more than what we bargained for these days. This is not a diet book, although there are plenty of advice on how to eat healthier. If you want to read about your digestive system, you cannot go wrong by reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you've been diagnosed with ibs 16 Jan. 2013
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Excellent and very informative! Doctors should read this so they can help their patients rather than just saying "eat more fibre, drink more water and exercise" when you already drink plenty of water, have a good diet and exercise daily. Having struggled for over 10 years with my digestion I finally see light at the end of the tunnel thanks to this book after countless, infuriating and hopeless trips to doctors who have told me my symptoms are 'stress related' and have offered no solutions apart from laxatives and a very painful and unpleasant colonoscopy that obviously came back as 'normal' I only wish I'd discovered this book years ago. Thank you Patrick!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Julian
The book works through the basics in a simple and easy manner that I can understand and gives pointers as to where to look next if you're trying to solve a specific problem.

It also helps if your looking to change your diet and progress to other of his books that deal with foods and menus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for all adults 25 April 2014
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The bad news about digestion is that some 50 per cent of 50-year olds will have diverticular, rising to 80 per cent of 80 year-olds. The good news, as Patrick Holford, spells out is that the intestinal tract is the most regenerative part of the body and can work huge transformations in a few days. And there are numerous ways for all of us to treat digestive problems - from choosing better the food we eat to encouraging the enzymes in the pancreas and the bacteria in the gut to work at their maximum level. This is a clear, simple, practical and optimistic explanation and analysis.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improve your digestion by Patrick Holford 11 Jun. 2009
Anything written by Patrick Holford is worth every bit of paper it is written on. I have been buying his books for years and this one is as good if not better than some of the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Works 1 Jun. 2014
By KathyP
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I like Patrick Holford books because they talk a lot of sense and are well researched. I did not give it 5 stars however because a lot of the information is given in his other books on nutrition which I have read. I would say though that I have learnt a lot of useful stuff on what I should and should not be eating and am healthier for it.
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