Eat your favorite food to stay healthier

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Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself by William W. Li, Grand Central Publishing, US $30.00, Pp 468, March 2019, ISBN 978-1538714621

Most health-conscious people are aware — even if they don’t practice it — that they can fight the disease with food. They know that certain foods help them lose weight and others cause weight gain. Likewise, what we eat can be good or bad for our health. Most of the books on this topic provide only general knowledge. In a new ground-breaking study — Eat to Beat Disease — Dr. William W. Li provides the knowledge and tools to make better decisions what to eat every day. This easy-to-read book is not a diet book but help you better understand what you eat.

William W. Li says that we can achieve better health and live longer if we understand five basic defense systems in our bodies. The five defense systems are angiogenesis, regeneration, microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity. Sixty thousand miles of blood vessels course throughout our bodies and bring oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells and organs. Angiogenesis is the process by which these blood vessels are formed. Foods like soy, green tea, coffee, tomatoes, red wine, and even hard cheese can influence the angiogenesis. About the regeneration process, he says that powered by more than 750,000 stem cells distributed throughout our bone marrow, lungs, liver, and almost all of our organs, our body regenerates itself every day. These stem cells maintain, repair, and regenerate our bodies throughout lives. Some foods like dark chocolate, black tea, and beer can mobilize them and help us regenerate. Other foods, like purple potatoes, can kill deadly stem cells that spark cancer growth. About microbiome, Dr. William W. Li says that almost, 40 million bacteria inhabit our bodies, most of which act to defend our health. Not only do these bacteria produce health supporting metabolites from the foods that we swallow and deliver to our gut, but they also control our immune system, influence angiogenesis, and even help produce hormones that influence our brain and social function. We can boost our microbiome by eating foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, cheddar cheese, and sourdough bread.

Our DNA is our genetic blueprint, but it is also designed to be a defense system. Dr. William W. Li says that it has surprising repair mechanism that protects us against damage caused by solar radiation, household chemicals, stress, compromised sleep, and poor diet, among other things. Some of the foods prompt DNA to fix itself, but some foods run on helpful genes and turn off harmful ones, while other foods lengthen our telomeres, which protect DNA and slow aging. About our immune system, Dr. William W. Li says that it defends our health in sophisticated ways that are much more complicated than we previously thought. It is influenced by our gut, and it can be manipulated to successfully attack and wipe out cancer, even in the elderly. Recent discoveries have completely changed our understanding of the immune system. Foods like blackberries, walnuts, and pomegranate can activate the immune system while other foods can dampen their activities and help reduce the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.

Eat to Beat Disease is an amazing study of how food helps us fight disease and live longer and healthier. Dr. William W. Li discusses our body defense systems — particularly five basic systems — and shows how certain foods strengthen our body defenses. This science-based book is extremely easy-to-read and does not require any specific knowledge. Even a high-schooler will understand it. This is not a diet book but will help you use other diet plans in a way that is most beneficial to you. It will change the way you think about food and how you eat and enjoy your food.

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