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Title:
The microbiome diet : the scientifically proven way to restore your gut health and achieve permanent weight loss
Author:
Kellman, Raphael, 1960-
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Edition:
First Da Capo Press edition.
Publication Information:
Boston, MA : Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
viii, 344 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"What is the microbiome? These trillions of tiny microbes living within our intestines help us extract the nutrients from our food in addition to exerting enormous influence over our metabolism, hormones, cravings, and even our genes. Cutting-edge science has shown that the microbiome is the secret to healthy, dramatic weight loss, as well as to significant improvements in overall health, mood, energy, and mental function. Specialist in integrative medicine and intestinal health Dr. Raphael Kellman has developed the first stand-alone diet that draws on these biological breakthroughs, translating the new science of the microbiome into a concrete program for fast, healthy, and permanent weight loss. With an easy three-phase plan and delicious recipes, The Microbiome Diet will help you heal your intestines and reboot your metabolism, enabling remarkable weight loss. "--
Language:
English
Contents:
The mysterious microbiome. The world within your gut ; Your fat is not your fault -- The four Rs: heal your gut for healthy weight loss. Remove ; Replace ; Reinoculate ; Repair -- The metabolic boost: support your microbiome to reset your metabolism. Stress can make you fat ; Stress-free eating can help you lose weight ; Creating the metabolism of a thin person -- The lifetime tune-up: lose weight and keep it off for life. Toward a healthy future -- Putting the microbiome diet into action. Your microbiome superfoods ; Phase 1: your four Rs meal plan ; Phase 2: your metabolic boost meal plan ; Phase 3: your lifetime tune-up to maintain healthy weight for life ; Your pantry list, shopping lists, and time-saving strategies ; Recipes.
ISBN:
9780738217659
Format :
Book

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Cutting-edge science has shown that the microbiome is the secret to healthy weight loss and to feeling healthy, energized, optimistic, and at the top of your game. The microbiome is a whole inner world that lives within your intestines--trillions of tiny microbes that help you extract the nutrients from your food, balance your mood, and sharpen your clarity and focus.

These beneficial bacteria make up a separate ecology within the body and have an enormous influence on your metabolism, your hormones, your cravings--even your genes. The microbiome's health is intimately involved with yours: when it flourishes, you flourish. When it craves sugar, so do you. When it operates at peak efficiency, so does your metabolism. And when your microbiome is out of balance, you might find yourself gaining weight or unable to lose weight, no matter how much you exercise or how carefully you eat. To achieve your ideal weight, you need the help of your microbiome.

Now, drawing from nearly two decades of experience as a specialist in functional medicine and intestinal health, Raphael Kellman, MD, has developed the first diet based upon on these scientific breakthroughs. The Microbiome Diet offers an effective three-phase plan to heal your gut, reset your metabolism, and achieve dramatic, sustainable weight loss. The Microbiome Diet will help you...
Reset your metabolism
Free yourself from food cravings and uncontrollable appetite
Incorporate prebiotics, probiotics, and healing foods into every meal
Lose weight--and keep it off--with a nonrestrictive life plan

With delicious recipes, convenient meal plans, and helpful information on Microbiome Superfoods and Supersupplements--including prebiotics and probiotics-- The Microbiome Diet gives you the tools to achieve your healthy weight, boost your mood, regain your mental focus, and be in your best shape for life.


Author Notes

An internist and pioneer in holistic medicine, Raphael Kellman, MD , is the founder of the Kellman Center for Functional and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kellman lives with his family in Manhattan.

raphaelkellmanmd.com


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Kellman (Matrix Healing) offers a clearly outlined plan for optimal gastrointestinal health, and, with it, significant and maintainable weight loss. The key, he declares, consists of microbiomes-trillions of bacteria living within the intestines that "exert enormous influence over your hormones, your appetite, your cravings," not to mention "the brain chemicals that govern your mood, energy levels, and mental functioning."Kellman details both healthy and unhealthy microbiome systems, providing a checklist of symptoms associated with the latter and a three-part approach for achieving the former. Phase One, a three-week commitment, utilizes the "Four Rs": Remove (unhealthy bacteria), Replace (necessary digestive enzymes), Reinoculate (with pro- and prebiotics), and Repair (your likely beleaguered intestinal walls). Phase Two, lasting four weeks (or whatever time is needed), offers a more varied diet and tips for stress-free eating. Phase Three shows plan followers how to maintain their gut-friendly ecosystem and keep their weight loss static. Those seeking relief from gastrointestinal ailments should find this quick and healthy doctor-sanctioned weight loss program particularly appealing. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Kellman (Gut Reactions), an internist who practices integrative medicine, states that the major cause of obesity is the loss of microbial diversity in the gut. Antibiotics and the consumption of processed foods, he says, kill much of the good bacteria that the body needs to properly digest food. This leads to weight gain because the metabolism is slowed down. Dieting is not successful under these circumstances. The author offers a program to restore gut health and maintain a healthy weight without counting calories, carbs, or fats and proposes a very strict regime that becomes more liberal with time. At the beginning, one must eliminate eggs, sugar, gluten, soy, and dairy in order for the body to restore healthy bacteria. It's also necessary to consume "microbiome superfoods" such as asparagus, garlic, leeks, and tomatoes and the spices turmeric and cinnamon along with prebiotics, probiotics, and supplements to begin the process. Over seven weeks, the diet becomes less strict and one may indulge in the occasional treat. Kellman claims that this regime will lead to maintaining a healthy weight by rebalancing microbes and hormones and ending cravings, stress, and fatigue. He provides meal plans, recipes, and lists of supplements, and cites articles and studies from both the scientific and the popular press. The author's plan may be helpful for some but the research, while promising, is not yet conclusive. VERDICT Purchase only where there is interest in alternative therapies. Barbara Bibel, Oakland P.L. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.