Years ago, before I had children, I spent a few years working at a chiropractic office. The time I spent there really opened my eyes to the world of alternative healthcare. Now that I’m entering the middle age years, I’m realizing just how important it is for me to pay attention to my health and to make some lifestyle changes. That’s probably why I was drawn to Dr. Mercola‘s book, Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself. It was the idea of simple steps that particularly interested me. Lifestyle changes are hard, and jumping headfirst into a radical change doesn’t always last long. Simple steps though, I might be able to do that.

Effortless Healing is divided up into three sections. Part 1 is the introduction to the book, Part 2 contains a breakdown of the 9 principles, and Part 3 helps you apply it. In the middle section, each of the 9 lifestyle changes is detailed with just the right amount of information and an action plan that lists ideas for putting it into practice. If you’ve done much reading on natural health, then you’re probably familiar with the concepts listed, but it’s still nice to have a reference book that lays them out so well. Naturally, things like drinking adequate pure water, sufficient sleep, and eating more veggies are among the things talked about in the book. I did find the section that talked about grounding (spending time outside while barefoot) to be particularly intriguing. I’d heard a bit about this in various places, so it was fascinating to read more about it.

There were some things that I didn’t like as well about Effortless Healing. It’s definitely not written from a Christian perspective, so there are mentions of evolution and hints of new age philosophies throughout the book. That being said, there is still much to be gained by reading the book, I’d just suggest using discernment while reading. I’m also not completely sold on the idea of eating no grains, though I will concede that I could use more veggies and fewer slices of bread in my diet!

A healthy lifestyle is a work in progress for me, and I doubt I’ll ever get it completely right. I did find Effortless Healing to be a helpful book that gave me some good, useable ideas and the encouragement to at least start working again towards healthy habits. If you want to make healthy changes to your life and you’re looking for a place to start, then it’s definitely a book worth picking up.

Note: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I received no monetary compensation for this post.