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Got Gut Flora Synergy?

“Many chronic diseases may be treated and cured with diet alone.” This is great news on the one hand — reduced doctor visits and pills — but on the other hand, the one that’s responsible for what we and our families consume it can be daunting.

Book Review: The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide

Authors: Dr. Maitreyi Raman and Clinical Dietitians:

Angela Sirounis and Jennifer Shrubsole

Change is not easy. Diverting from the “normal” and not succumbing to fast food advertising is difficult especially when we lead such busy lives. Creating our own or the family grocery list with ingredients to enable true health and even cure our ills is certainly worth considering.

Dr. Maitreyi Raman, respected gastroenterologist and physician nutritionist along with clinical dietitians Angela Sirounis and Jennifer Shrubsole bring us this opportunity in The Complete Prebiotic & Probiotic Health Guide so we can learn what we should be eating and why what we put in our body is so important to our overall body function and ultimate longevity.

We're lucky to have these professionals come together to educate us about the importance of what we eat and address in detail the value and need for both Pre- and Pro- bionics for optimum gut function. We are offered a “Nutrition Prescription for Healthy Living” and given an 8-Step Biotic-Balanced Program with goals for changing our American/Western eating habits plus a 14-Day Meal Plan to show us what to feed our body.


The second half of the book is dedicated to “Recipes for a Healthy Microbiome” (a what?). This book is a call for us all to embrace a more natural Vegetarian lifestyle behind mindful to consume the essential prebiotics for the probiotics to do their work. We’ve heard this before… humans are herbivores or omnivores; we're not designed to be carnivores.

Interesting, right? So it follows that our eating habits and food choices should be made accordingly. Here we have a clear call to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle and included is a starter meal plan for 3 meals plus 3 snacks per day for 2 weeks plus 175 recipes with Tips for preparation and the Nutritional/calorie content for each however you must use your imagination for presentation as there are no photos. You’ll need a blender and food processor plus a desire to stock-up on spices and other ingredients that you might not presently have on hand after choosing your recipes. Once you have what you need, the recipes are clear with regard to ingredients (both standard and metric) and the steps to prepare, serve and store.

This is a great book for you or someone you know who is flirting with becoming a vegetarian as it will educate and reinforce the reasons for such a lifestyle choice and teach you how to turn those vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains… into something tasty and good-for-you-to-eat throughout the day. And, if you’re already Vegetarian you may find some new treats like Superpower Breakfast Cookies which contain both prebiotic and probiotics to “create a synergistic effect in your gut, and that’s a great thing.” (p. 186)


My gratitude to Robert Rose, Inc. for the opportunity to review this cookbook.

See other great cookbooks by this publisher here

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