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Eat. Drink. Detox. Breathe. Neutralize. Good health is that simple.

In this groundbreaking health-and-lifestyle guide, nutritionist and superfoods expert Darin Olien provides the keys to understanding and utilizing five life forces - quality nutrition, hydration, detoxification, oxygenation, and alkalization - the factors that determine whether we will be healthy, fit, and free of illness.

Olien has traveled the world, exploring the health properties of foods that have sustained indigenous cultures for centuries. Putting his research into practice, he tells how to maintain healthy weight, prevent even the most serious of diseases, and feel great - all without restrictive or gimmicky diet plans that never work in the long term.

All too often we take note of our health only when something goes wrong. Daily aches and pains are deemed normal - a headache here and there, a sore back, occasional heartburn. But when a diagnosis comes, we are taken by surprise. However, these little complaints, Olien argues, shouldn't be taken lightly - they are signals of underlying problems, and when we ignore them, we invite disease.

With a comprehensive, holistic, and unique approach to wellness, Olien teaches us how to harness the superpowers of food, water, oxygen, and pH balance. In doing so he smashes common myths about nutrition. Included in the audiobook are an indispensable "how to eat" user's guide with a shopping list, a balanced diet plan, and advice on what to throw away and on supplementing effectively, to get us started on the way to the best health of our lives.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Darin Olien (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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The theory of everything nutritional- for Dummies

I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but I would like a shot at being eternally awesome. So I bought in.

I am the opposite of a mindful, let's say "strategic", eater. I love good food, and crap food, as long as it tastes good and fills the void. This book gave me good reasons to change my ways and I need reasons to make changes of that magnitude. So when I finished reading, I had a better understanding of both nutrition, the politics of food production- and how my food behaviors effect me long term. I'd say that the author has consumed and digested decades of food and nutritional information, and shared the most salient info, sans the strident attitude.

Great motivation to find the organic farmer's market and eat mostly fruit and veg for the last week. Feel better, dropped a few pounds already, and have the all important understanding of WHY I must stay the course, when the craving for a double cheeseburger and grilled onions drunk-dials me at 1am.

Thanks for a very useful book!

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Meh

This book has helpful information, but I did have some issues with it.

I was drawn to the book after watching his Netflix series. The author is very likable I wanted to see what else he had to say.

If you’re not totally new to living a healthful lifestyle, there’s not a lot of new information here, but it’s a helpful refresher, anyway.

I think that for people hearing this information for the first time, it’s a wealth of science-backed information that will no doubt inspire some people to explore a more healthful lifestyle.

One issue I had with the book, though, is that the author’s passion often comes across as suuuuper judgey, which is ironic, as the end of the book is all about him stressing the importance of a positive attitude on improving health.

There’s a section where he is promoting his line of smoothie powders. I’m not sure how I felt about that being part of the book. As someone who has been devoted to eating a natural, healthy diet for a long time, I’m used to paying a lot for food, but the powders are super expensive. Health is wealth, but these are out of reach for me.

There was kind of a lot of repetition. In several places where he could have just mentioned that something had been previously mentioned in the book, he explained it again, in the same way. So, maybe he needs a new editor?

And, OMG, the narrator. I would’ve rated him as 4 stars if not for the fact that whenever he was quoting a study done in another country, he would read it in an attempt at an accent from that country, which he never once pulled off, and it was totally unnecessary, to begin with. It got to the point that when I knew he was about to read a quote from a study, I would physically recoil.

That, and I really wish that he had looked up the pronunciations for the foods, supplements, and constituents that he was reading about. He repeatedly butchered many of them. A small amount of research could’ve eliminated that and made the book more pleasant.

Overall, I’m glad I read it, but wish that I had read a library copy instead of buying my own.

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An Eyeopening New way of looking at Food and Nutrition!!

If when you finish this book, and you do not have a new understanding of life...you might as well kick the bucket now. This gives you a new direction to live a healthy and fulfilling life!! I hope you enjoy and put it to use as much as I have!!

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Darin is amazing

This is a must for anyone! Want to
Change your life? Want to get in shape, change your eating and live longer. He tells you how. Get the book!

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Wonderful Read ,So Informative

Loved everything about this book! Worth every penny spent and every minute of listening time!

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Great Perspective!

This book is easy listening and gives a lot of great information on becoming a healthier You.

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Loved!!

Loved this book!! The author made things so easy to understand and really relate to.

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I learned so much!

Darin has convinced me to make major changes in my lifestyle because he gives the "why" of things. The pets who read did a great job and even sounds a little like Darin.

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amazing book

filled with a lot of nutritional advice in the science behind it. Makes the idea of having a healthier lifestyle possible.

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Easential

As a vegetarian for thirty five years I thought there was little left for me to learn. How sweet it is to prove myself wrong. Now I have been vegan for six months and feel exponentially better. Hiking ten miles everyday and running up the steep short hills with my son. My whole family had benefitted from this book. Grateful it was written so well.

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  • GauuravSanan
  • 10-12-17

The most important for a healthy life.

Loved it. Darin has written a really useful, well-written easy flowing book. I strongly recommend it as a serious read.

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  • TattedUpAlpha
  • 03-16-21

Life changing

Read this book a couple of times and will continue to come back to it, it’s my bible for healthy living and although I may not fully understand and implement all the concepts right now I’m a hell of a lot healthier than I was, now vegan, more hydrated, exercise consistently, so grateful for this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-20

Interesting

Interesting read but WHY!? Did the narrator feel the need to do really bad accents when quoting research conducted outside the US? The Indian one especially questionable and the British painful. I also started to lose a bit of faith in the science of the book when he starts talking about energies and different colour glass giving water different properties...

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  • Miss Lisa J mitchell
  • 10-07-20

Brilliant

Loved it, really good book, must read, vital part to getting healthy and in shape

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  • Phillip
  • 09-29-20

Totally Brilliant

loved this book, so many interesting take aways, brilliantly narrated by Matt Burns. Drink more water :)

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  • Cameron
  • 07-21-20

Disappointing

I mean the theory behind a lot of what he says in the book in nice. But he also mentions slot of not fact based scientific ideas which have no merit to them at all. He basically rules out eating or drinking anything oh and you must be a vegan because as humans where not meant to eat meat. like come on dude apparently everything gives you cancer but some veg will heal cancer and if you eat to much of it it will give you cancer .
all in all its an appointment unfactual pile of crap

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  • jack riley
  • 10-28-21

brilliant

absolutely loved this book so informative and easy to understand! 100% recommend to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-21

Get it

What an eye opener. Full of great information and even more passion.

Game changer

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  • Gandalf's pants
  • 09-02-21

Everything you probably already knew

While the Author is very passionate about the topic and gives great advice backed up with evidence, it's probably what we already knew anyway. Eat organic, unprocessed food. Steer clear of meat. Exercise. The bit that really annoyed me was when he started pitching his own product and how it was sourced.
This is definitely no easy quick fix and while I'm certain that if you followed the tips given in this book quite rigidly, your life would improve greatly, in reality many would find the 75% raw food diet just too hard to follow.
Perhaps I'm too cynical, but the part about water taking on the energy of the colour of the container it's stored in was just a bit too hippy for my tastes too.

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  • anonymous
  • 08-22-21

might change your life

I have been considering more vegan options recently and this book has definitely opened me up to some more options. since listening to this book I have consumed more brocoli. need to find a frequent source for juju berries as he mentioned the benefits. for the most part a really good well written book even if at times seeming a bit self indulgent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-21

A life changing experience!

A must listen if well being is a priority in your life! Highly recommend!

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  • Tanja
  • 08-17-21

Exceptionally good

Had to keep pausing and taking notes, rewinding and relistening. Quite a few light bulb moments and overall an easy listen. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-21

why use the different accents for quotes

really enjoyed this but the voices/accents used for quotes were off-putting and unnecessary. would have given 5 stars if not for this

a few contradictions but generally very interesting

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  • Felicity Wales
  • 07-19-21

Invaluable and Motivating

Although the constant high energy tone of voice took a bit of getting used to, it was motivating and in line with the seriousness of the content. So glad you summarised in a To Do List at the end. I have always resisted wearing sunscreen and said one day we'll discover it causes cancer. Not that you are saying that, but it prevents us getting Vit D that protects us from cancer. This respurce has made me feel more confident that I can go from being on a vegan/pescatarian diet to fully vegan.

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  • Grace
  • 07-14-21

simple but genius

it makes so much sense, it’s amazing that not everyone adapts this lifestyle. The information in this book is simple to understand but life changing. Incredible message back by science about living a truly super life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-21

Life changing

This book is full of extremely valuable insights into our bodies and what we can do to make it thrive to its ultimate potential. I enjoyed all of it, and think Darin is a game changer in this field.
If you care about your health and our planet I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-13-20

Must read

I loved this book, being on a health journey myself this has helped me understand food in a different way and I have found its help me believe in what I thought was always true in my heart. That food can heal ALL

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  • Joseph
  • 02-10-17

A great book for a simple yet deep understanding of nutrition

Jam packed with great information.
Great narrator. Really engaging. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to Darin himself.
The science stuff sometimes goes over my head. I like it but the details of it aren't of that much interest to me - I was into humanities at school rather than sciences - but it doesn't really matter as you still get the gist of what is going on and it's all fascinating. it will be of interest to those who love science I imagine! Looking forward to listening again in chunks so I can absorb all the information and write stuff down.