Dr. Low Dog explains the basics about every essential nutritional supplement and guides the reader in creating a personalized supplement plan, tailored to individual genetics, age, gender, and lifestyle. Low Dog evaluates current research, explains the relationship between food and supplements, describes how medications cause chemical imbalances in the body, and advises on how to judge brands and read labels.
Low Dog engages and encourages readers to take charge of their own health and provides guidance to find the right combination of nutritional supplements to improve mood, strength, energy, and well-being."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Physician Low Dog (Healthy at Home) focuses on foundational supplements (vitamins and minerals) as well as a handful of her favorite nutraceuticals (probiotics, melatonin, etc.) in this useful resource. Readers expecting a dry read will be pleasantly surprised; Low Dog interweaves historical nuggets (e.g. beriberi, caused by thiamine deficiency, was discovered by Chinese physicians more than 1,300 years ago) into pertinent information about the vitamins and minerals that keep the body running smoothly. The author observes that many Americans do not eat healthfully (she learned from her patients food journals that many rely on carbs, especially sugar, and caffeine); she notes that the nutritional value of produce has declined and the use of pesticides and presence of environmental toxins has risen, writing that more than ever, our cells need protection from the damaging effects of environmental pollutants. In addition, she writes, heavy use of medications can lead to nutritional deficiencies (as explained in an appendix). Through this comprehensive guide to nutrition and supplements, readers will gain an understanding of the crucial role of vitamins and minerals and precisely how, when, and why supplements are beneficial. (Feb.)