Why Calories Count, written by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, is one you should have on your bookshelf. Whether you are concerned about your own health or the global epidemic of obesity, this sciency book is a meaty one to own and to read.

It’s also the ONLY one of the 81 books I reviewed at our local library recently that mentioned things like ‘oxygen consumption’, ‘oxidation’ and ‘oxygen uptake experiment’ in the index.

Remember this metabolism FACT of life: Food + Oxygen= Energy. The world is obsessed with the Food part of the equation but not so much the Oxygen component. Understanding the relationship of the food you eat and oxygen consumption is vital.

Of course the Food we speak of covers way more than just food – drinks, vitamin supplements, medications, even pollutants in the air you breathe and stress related hormones – ALL organics must be metabolized and excreted.

All that metabolizin’ going on often requires more oxygen than is naturally available to an average person. So, supplemental oxygen appears to be key in weight control – and more.

Cheers!

Teri