by David Perlmutter
Publication Date February 15, 2022
Published by Little Brown
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Genres: Health & Fitness / Diet & Nutrition / Diets, Health & Fitness / Diseases / Immune & Autoimmune, Health & Fitness / Diseases / Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Reading Challenges: 2022 Nonfiction Challenge
The New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and Brain Wash offers simple dietary and lifestyle tweaks to help you lose weight, prevent (and reverse) disease, and live a long and healthy life by reducing high uric acid levels--the hidden health risk you didn't know you had.
What do obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, fatty liver disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, neurological disorders, and premature death have in common? All can be stoked by high uric acid levels.
Our most respected scientific literature is bursting with evidence that elevated uric acid levels lie at the root of many pervasive health conditions, but mainstream medicine for the most part remains unaware of this connection. This is especially alarming because a large number of Americans don't know they are suffering from increased levels, putting them at risk for developing or exacerbating potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Offering an engaging blend of science and practical advice, Drop Acid exposes the deadly truth about uric acid and teaches invaluable strategies to manage its levels, including:
- Simple dietary edits focused on reducing fructose and foods high in "purines" that can raise uric acid
- Natural hacks that lower levels such as consuming tart cherries, vitamin C, quercetin, and coffee
- Identifying common pharmaceuticals that threaten to increase uric acid
- Lifestyle interventions, like restorative sleep and exercise
- How to easily test your uric acid levels at home--a test routinely performed in your doctor's office during regular check-ups but typically ignored.
Featuring the groundbreaking "LUV" (Lower Uric Values) diet, 35 delicious recipes, self-assessment quizzes, and a 21-day program for dropping levels, Drop Acid empowers readers with the information they need to address this hidden danger and live longer, leaner, and healthier lives.
Drop Acid by David Perlmutter is a fascinating look into the effects of diet, specifically excess uric acid has on the human body. The book is full of scientific references but, it is told in a conversational tone that is easy to understand.
The book is told in two parts. The first part gives you all the scientific data that supports the role uric acid plays in human metabolism. The second part is all about how to lower uric acid using the author’s LUV (Lower Uric Values) diet and gives the reader a three-week diet plan as well as outlying the foods to avoid, and the foods that help lower uric acid levels.
I found this book gives the reader a good scientific background of the role of uric acid, told in a way that most readers can understand. And the book gives a good solid way for readers to lower uric acid levels using diet and supplements.
This review is based on the book and the way it is laid out and told. I did not try the LUV diet, so I cannot give a first-hand account of how it works.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to try to understand the effects of uric acid on the body. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
My 2022 Challenges:
This book counts towards my Non-Fiction challenge for category #12, Published in 2022. Check out the Non-Fiction Challenge here.
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