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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,178 ratings  ·  282 reviews
In Superlife, Darin Olien provides us with an entirely new way of thinking about health and wellbeing by identifying what he calls the life forces: Quality Nutrition, Hydration, Detoxification, Oxygenation and Alkalization. Olien demonstrates in great detail how to maintain these processes, thereby allowing our bodies to do the rest. He tells us how we can maintain healthy ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Harper Wave (first published June 24th 2014)
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Tichana  (The Book Hobbit)
If I can describe this in one sentence, it would be privileged man boasting about his lifestyle.
This book was good in terms of some of its content. There were a lot of good points made about nutrition and lifestyle. They made me rethink how I eat. I am a vegan myself, so seeing another vegan write a book felt good and it encouraged me to continue reading it even when I realized this book was definitely not written for people like me. aka, low-income and definitely not able to travel as much.
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Benny
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book has some good ideas, but ultimately, the author tries to spin a lot of his personal, unfounded beliefs as fact. As a member of the medical community, I noticed that there were many things that he states which just did not make any sense. Science is not perfect, and it's easy to bash on it, but that doesn't mean we should listen someone's ideas just because they sound nice. ...more
Raj Kazhiyurmannar
If you care about your health and have health skepticism for what goes on as conventional treatment from the Medical-Industrial-Complex, this is a book worth a read. I could relate to lot of the info the author lists here based on personal experience. The importance of Water, Nutrition, Breathing, Detoxification, mental awareness. The author writing style is very racy and engaging. There are valuable tips, atleast a few of which anyone can follow to improve their physical and overall health, san ...more
Rachel
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked a lot of his ideas, especially the chapter "How to Eat". Tough love in that chapter and it really resonated with me.

I enjoyed the chapter about fair trade and how he is passionate about getting out into the fields and meeting all the people he sources the ingredients from and making sure deals work for all parties.

But the "Water and Me" chapter.. "Water absorbs emotion" and has feelings and all that? Nope. It was over the top. And basically, "Don't drink distilled water, or spring water
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Runwright
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I like a book that doesn't just give me information but also stirs me into action and Superlofe did that for me.
Olien speaks about the 5 forces that will make you healthy.
In his own words: "Eat. Drink. Detox. Breathe. Neutralize. Good health is that simple."
But then he adds a 6th force - attitude. And part of that attitude is making the necessary changes after you receive the information,
Reading this book made me want to make the changes and I've already started incorporating them in
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Keeley
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life changing

This book has changed my life. Even whilst reading it, I began to make changes, I threw out all my syrups (low calorie), bought more salad stuff, invested in organic powders to put in the vegan protein shakes I'd already had. I know more about my body now then I ever have before, I also feel better equipped to face my endometriosis and IVF head on. This is a lifestyle change and one I don't want to change, I thought I was healthy on the popular diet most people follow, I'm glad to s
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Kenya Wright
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Packed with tons of information! Super life changing. I am glad I checked it out.
Jose Antonio
Aug 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-read
I bought this book at my local bookstore, hoping to learn about 'superfoods" around the world. I wanted to see if there were any amazing fruits or vegetables that I could try. Just for the fun of experimenting new flavors. I am a graduate student in biology, and come from a megadiverse country, where we have ancient knowledge on certain foods that are beneficial for human consumption.

This book is the classic example of how people, who unfortunately have a very influential position, use science
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Gwen Golaszewski
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Say "yes" to Olien's 5 life forces. Just try them on in your life, see if they fit (they will). I struggle living in a culture that promotes businesses and corporations that don't care about us, and profit from our blind obedience. The American people's lack of knowledge about how to truly be happy and healthy in the current time period is frightening. The years go forward but my age is reversing (and has to in order to keep up with 6th graders). Hydrate, breathe, move, eat from the earth, and r ...more
Roxanne
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book from GoodReads.

The author is well educated on how to maintain and maximize the human body. I enjoyed the book, but not everyone can financially follow through with how we would like to eat. However, taking small steps and making changes little by little is a great feeling.
Ana Lopes
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Packed full of useful information, but still light and interesting to read. I feel I need to read it again with pen and paper by my side, just to take notes!
Very good!
The most important tip: drink lots of water!
Matt Knepper
In this book Darin Olien, superfood hunter extraordinaire, presents his five life forces: nutrition, hydration, oxygenation, alkalization, detoxification. There's really nothing new in here, but it's pulled together nicely. The author quotes several studies and journal articles, but also gives us his take. There's plenty of science sprinkled through these pages, but there are a lot of personal beliefs. It makes for a more interesting read - especially the way he shares his very passionate feelin ...more
Sarah LaMountain
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This would be between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. There is a lot of excellent health information in this book. It is a great starting point for those that want to start to take their health into their own hands and reverse some of the damage that has been done over years of poor health habits.

The author has a clear passion for health and for sure practices what he preaches for a healthy lifestyle. I personally like that this book is not just food oriented, as I already knew much of the food portion
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Anna Mosca
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
“I’m not a scientist, I’m an eternal student” the author says about himself and his humility did intrigue me. I’m myself constantly on a search, I teach (when I teach) so I can digest what I just learned and I think it’s important that an author will state that because it makes him flexible, ever growing.
Honestly, although I have been on healthy eating since 1987 I never heard of Darin Olien until I saw Down To Earth, that wonderful documentary on Netflix on which Zac Efron and Darin Olien trav
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Sarah Stump
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I listened to this book on my runs, because Olien is getting a lot of attention right now and I’m a big fan of anyone that promotes a plant-based diet. However, Olien definitely speaks from a place of privilege and makes some well-intentioned, but unrealistic claims. For example he mentions that “disease doesn’t exist.” While I agree that many diseases can be avoided, and even reversed, with plant-based eating, Olien even makes the claim for linking nutrition to cancer and other terminal disease ...more
Markus Zimmerman
Great read with a lot of great info.

I'll definitely pay more attention to my life and the world around me. Already feeling better just applying a few of the things recommended here.
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Emily Koester
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Superlife" by Darin Olien was a super interesting read. My brother had asked for it for Christmas, and I'm always looking for book recommendations, so why not read before gifting? Darin breaks it down into five forces: nutrition, hydration, detoxification, oxygenation and alkalization.

The chapter on nutrition was a little frustrating, and not because I disagree (I totally agree) with what Darin says about the importance of nutrition, but because as I read the chapter I just wanted to say, "But
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Val
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
There is a lot of good information in this book but there is also a lot of stuff based on the author's experiences and beliefs only that is passed off as facts.(the author is a self proclaimed "wellness expert") The book comes off a little preachy and I couldn't help getting a privileged hippy vibe from the author. (I only read this one because of the author's connection to Beach Body) ...more
Sharon
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I think that he provides sound advice regarding following a plant-based lifestyle in order to achieve health. I feel that he use the book as a vehicle to sell his shakeology powder to make smoothies. I also don’t agree with his suggestion to use agave and other sweeteners.
Andrew
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like Darrin, met him vicariously through the Netflix series he did with Zach Effron, so after thoroughly enjoying him in that series I decided to try his book. It’s more technical than I like, almost enough to lose a whole star for my tastes, but the ideas are sound and the author repeatedly emphasizes that there are various ways to follow his advice. He says drink water, period. He then elaborates to say why, and what kind, and even allows for the extremist point of view, not correctly says i ...more
Farhana Faruq
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, health-fitness
Oh this book!! It was starting of so well, I was even happy I might have a health book I can recommend to others, then we get half way (around the Alkaline chapter) and it sounds like one long commercial for his supplements on the market. He's a little contradictory - starts of saying you can never have the true food in supplement form (because the processing ruins it) and then goes on about .. Shakeology, that expensive drink you don't need - he's responsible for that.

I still enjoyed the book.
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Madkropotkin
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and eye opening. Darin Olien makes some valid points and entertains the reader at the same time.

I enjoyed the way Olien broke down the material. He delivered it in a way that was easily digestible and gives the reader an opportunity to do some research on the matters presented before moving on to the next idea.

I had not thought about food the way Olien asks you to think about it. I will be more aware of what I put into my body.
Dustin
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm torn on this one, because it definitely inspired me to eat better, but it's also not well written and full of dubious claims. ...more
Todd
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Liked this book a lot more than I expected.
Ryan Smith
Jan 29, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 star is for did not like it, so I have to give this 1 star. This book is dangerously close to "This book is butt" territory. It has some redeeming qualities, though the entire book can essentially be summed up as: drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, exercise. Things we all know already.

The rest of it at least seems questionable at best. The thing is: since I am also not a nutritionist or health expert, I can't tell if what he claims has any basis in science or not. He cites a lot
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Sidney
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
It's January: this is the time of year to read books about changing your habits to be more healthy. Superlife might make me swear off this whole genre entirely. It's not that I ever really believe fad diet books or gnostic health tracts. This one seems to begin with somewhat normal guidelines: eat mostly vegetables with as little processing as possible; drink a lot more water; get some exercise and spend time outdoors; avoid things that give you indigestion; and avoid overloading your liver and ...more
Mrs. Dalton
I'd actually give it a 3.5. Although the writing isn't anything special, Olien's aim is clear and his passion for taking care of ourselves is inspiring. Most of what he addresses I buy into, but a few claims caused me to raise an eyebrow. Regardless, he motivated me to change some habits and he's right - some of these shifts are much easier to put into action than I had thought. Worth a read if you want to think more about the effect of what we put into our bodies and how we can adjust our lifes ...more
Bobby Wuertz
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Author is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and it shows in this book. He gives great guidance and leaves you with options. He doesn’t say only eat this instead gives material ti make your own decisions. Some facts i disagree with but overall if you are thinking about making serious diet/lifestyle changes, this is a great book to pick up.
Stacey
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life changing! Everyone should read this book.
Hannah Favier
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Explains the science behind everyday nutrition and biology in a simple and non-preachy way; you can feel the genuine curiosity and passion Darin has for this. The book has an overall feeling of encouraging the reader to make small, consistent changes that lead to impactful life changes. Highly recommend for those that want to learn more about how the body reacts to what we put in our mouths!
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