You know why many people can’t get healthy? They don’t know how. Some of them don’t care and that’s fine. I don’t judge. But I personally think it’s really sad that somebody who really wants to get healthier doesn’t get healthier because he doesn’t know where to start.
Education is the very first step. Some people might disagree and that’s fine, but I truly believe that you can’t get healthy or actually achieve anything else if you don’t know what to do. You don’t have to know much, especially not at the beginning, but some knowledge can be very useful.
There are literally thousands of books and probably millions of health articles out there that can help you to get started.
Of course, with this amount of information another problem comes into existence: filtering.
Which articles are good, which are not so good? Finding out can be really draining, but it’s something you should probably do.
It also good if you read several different articles from different authors with varying perspectives. Read on a vegan blog, one paleo blog and then read the recommendations of the Harvard Medical School.
You could also read a blog with a “label”, as I’m personally not a fan of any labeled diet. Don’t see your health as black and white, but instead, educate on different perspectives.
There is no “Blueprint for health”, at least not one that most people think there is. We’re all different in our genes, our bodies and our microbes.
Different people need different foods to thrive. That’s why you should educate yourself and experiment with that knowledge.
Below I’ll list you some of my favorite books, along with the link to my personal summaries of them. I’ll try to keep them as broad as possible, with only mentioning the best.
- Story of the Human Body – Daniel Lieberman
- Missing Microbes – Martin Blaser
- Brain Maker – Dr. David Perlmutter
- Super Immunity – Joel Fuhrman M.D.
- This ain’t normal – Joel Salatin
- Diet Myth – Tim Spector
- Blue Zones – Dan Buettner
- 50 Secrets of the longest living people – Sally Beare
Those are some of my favorite books, with general advice on how to get healthy and also mentioning what is wrong with our food system right now.
What I need to mention is that Dr. or M.D. is also just another “label”. Just because somebody is a doctor or a nutritionist, doesn’t mean he knows what he is doing.
Did you know that the curriculum of most medical schools contains less than 10% courses on nutrition? Most doctors don’t go deep into the topic and provide you only with the most common beliefs.
Another thing I need to mention is the matter of studies. Studies always seem to make an article more credible if they are listed as resources, but we have to be careful about that, as some articles often exaggerated or distort the results of the study.
One interesting example I found was the connection between red meat and prostate cancer. While the article stated: “Study finds: Red meat causes cancer…”
I checked the study and they never stated anything like that. The only thing they found out is that when they compared the countries with the highest meat consumption with the ones of the lowest meat consumption, the risk for cancer increased.
The also stated that red meat might be responsible for that. But do you know what? It could also be that “Too little vegetable consumption causes cancer”. Or maybe the people that consume the most meat also consume the most alcohol or anything else.
That’s why I’m saying, don’t believe everything that based on studies, especially if there aren’t any quotes from the study!
Educate yourself and get healthy!