Forget everything you think you know about your body and food and discover the new science of how the body heals itself. Learn how to identify the strategies and the dosages for using food to transform your resilience and health in Eat to Beat Disease: The Body’s Five Defense Systems & the Foods That Could Save Your Life by William Li, M.D.
We have radically underestimated our body’s power to transform and restore our health. Pioneering physician scientist, Dr. Li, empowers readers by showing them the evidence behind over 200 health-boosting foods that can starve cancer, reduce your risk of dementia, and beat dozens of avoidable diseases. Eat to Beat Disease isn’t about what foods to avoid, but rather is a life-changing guide to the hundreds of healing foods to add to your meals that support the body’s defense systems.
The book’s plan shows you how to integrate the foods you already love into any diet or health plan to activate your body’s health defense systems — Angiogenesis, Regeneration, Microbiome, DNA Protection, and Immunity-to fight cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and autoimmune diseases, and other debilitating conditions.
Dr. Li’s top 5 foods to help fight disease:
Soy–“Soy’s developed a scary reputation because some people believe that an estrogen-like compound that’s found in soy can cause breast cancer,” Li said, adding that new research, however, “is completely turning that fact around.” Soy contains a plant estrogen that is “nothing like human estrogen,” he explained. “In fact, it can counter its effects,” he added.
Dark Chocolate–Dessert lovers, rejoice! Dark chocolate, in moderation, can actually be good for you, according to Li. “Chocolate contains these polyphenols that actually can help activate cells in our body, including our stem cells,” Li said.
Tomatoes–Tomatoes are a “great source of vitamins and other nutrients, and they contain lycopene,” Li said. “Lycopene is an anti-angiogenic and blood vessel, cancer-starving substance.”
Sourdough Bread–Sourdough is made with a “natural bacteria called lactobacillus rudori,” according to Li. This bacteria “actually helps to build our immune system,” he added, making it a great choice if you are looking for a healthy bread option.
Mango–Mangoes are “amazing” according to Li, “because they actually activate all five of our health defense systems at the same time.”
Li said the goal of his method is to activate those five health defense systems in your body by eating five disease-fighting foods five times a day.
“It’s about diversity. It’s about having choice,” he said. “Check off the ones that you already like, then … you have a head start on health because you’re starting with what you love.”
Both informative and practical, EAT TO BEAT DISEASE explains the science of healing and prevention, the strategies for using food to actively transform health, and points the science of well-being and disease prevention in an exhilarating new direction.
Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.
Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.
Improves mood, memory, and focus.
Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.