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Usually, when writing about a book I’ve read, I’ll say something like, “I just read this book” or “I just finished this book..” However, with The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First, I’m going to have to approach this in a whole new light.
I just discovered a book that I’ll be referring to and re-reading for the rest of my life. Mark Hyman, M.D. has written the definitive book for mental health, brain fitness, defeating depression, overcoming anxiety, and sharpening the mind. The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First is a book I’m so excited about (and by) that this article is taking me longer to write than any article I’ve ever written!
There is so much remarkable, eye-opening information in this one book. Each chapter contains enough information, inspiration, and motivation to make its own book. It’s a wonder that a book which is so packed with great stuff reads as quickly as it does, but I zipped through it without ever wanting to put it down. And that was while taking great notes.
One of the things that has slowed my process of writing this review of the book is that I keep wanting to give away too much information. I’ll type out a portion, then I’ll think, “No. I people to read this within the context of the book, to see how this fact relates to the one before it and the one after it.” Then, I’ll hit backspace and start all over again. I’ve spent more time trying to review the book than I actually did reading it!
Another part of the problem is the pressure I’m putting on this review. See, the entire reason I began this web site and blog is an extremely strong desire to help people. The thought of anyone being sad, depressed, anxious, and/or stressed makes me as sad as they are. The thought of someone having problems with their mental fitness absolutely breaks my heart. I spend a great deal of time researching relaxation, moods, emotional well-being, and mental fitness. You should see my bookshelves!
So, imagine how I felt when I realized that there was a powerhouse of a book that could do so many people so much good. I only wish there was a way I could put this book in front of everyone’s eyes.
I will tell you about one particular section of The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First. It’s in the 17th chapter, “The Ultramind Lifestyle: Exercise, Sleep, and Train Your Brain.” The author points out that exercise is better than Prozac (cheaper too, I’d imagine!). Here’s a passage:
While most of us accept the benefits of exercise on our bodies, perhaps its most powerful effect is on our brains. It helps rewire our circuits and improve learning, memory, concentration, and focus. And it is the best antidepressant and antianxiety therapy available.
If it were a pill it would be the biggest blockbuster drug of all time. Yet all you need to take advantage of it is a pair of shoes and not even that if you live near a beach.
Mark Hyman then lists 12 benefits exercise has on our brains and bodies. At the end of the list, you’re left realizing that only a complete fool wouldn’t strive to get some form of exercise in daily. His recommendation is for the reader to walk vigorously for at least 30 minutes every day. I dare say, we should all be able to do that. The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First shows the reader the importance of eating the right foods, exercising, getting enough rest, and adopting healthy a lifestyle. If we want our minds and bodies to give us their best, we have to give them ours.
From the back cover:
Do You Have a Broken Brain?
This seems a strange question, but this invisible epidemic affects nearly 1.1 billion people worldwide – one in six children, and one in two older people. One in four will be crippled by it during their lifetime.
If the answer is yes to any of the following, you too have a broken brain:
- Are you depressed, feeling down, and don’t have the drive to do anything?
- Do you find it next to impossible to focus and concentrate on tasks?
- Do you find it hard to remember names or where you left your keys?
- Do you get anxious, worried, or stressed-out frequently?
- Does your mind feel foggy, unable to experience the world clearly?
All is not lost. Three time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman unveiles his groundbreaking program that shows how we can fix our broken brains by healing our bodies first.
The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First is about giving the individual the power to heal his or her mind, without medications which often merely mask the underlying problem. Even if your mind isn’t “broken,” you’ll want to read this wonderful book. You’ll learn ways to keep mentally fit and emotionally sound. After all, can we ever be too healthy?!
With all that is within me, I urge you to read this book. For related books and a video, click through any of the links within this post.
Make each moment count double,