I’ve found Netflix and Youtube to be an exceptional tool for finding documentaries on health and nutrition to watch. Netflix has a great selection of these types of documentaries that you may find useful on your quest for better health. As with all documentaries, there is often a bias, I try to keep this in mind and try to be as open to all points of view as possible. Nevertheless, Netflix makes it easy for me to watch some of these documentaries while I am working, as opposed to watching the toxic news or political shows I used to be addicted to. Hope this list helps you out! I have included a brief synopsis or trailer of each documentary and any links to the respective websites, but you can view these directly on Netflix, Metcafe or Youtube.
This documentary explores the journey of Joe Cross and his experiment to switch to a juicing diet for 2 months, eliminating his chronic illnesses, adopting a healthy lifestyle, losing weight and influencing others. This movie does a great job both entertaining and informing as he takes a journey through the United States on his 60 day venture, meeting a few people who are willing to try out his experiment as well. Along the way he meets a man named Phil Staples who was a ticking time bomb as his obesity was close to claiming his life. Phil adopts Joe’s lifestyle and reverses his conditions and weight. Very inspirational!
In this ground breaking documentary, filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
This documentary gives a compelling look at the protein Caisin found in many meat products and its implications on cancer and other chronic disease. This movie gave me good reason to focus on eating a plant based whole foods diet such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Forks over Knives uses several studies (including The China Study) to make the case for reducing or eliminating animal based foods such as eggs, dairy and meats from your diet as well as processed foods.
King Corn takes a look at the industrial power and politics behind the rise of the corn industry in the United States. Two young individuals explore what it takes to grow corn in the middle of America, documenting the subsidies behind this industry as well as its ties with GMO’s, herbicides and insecticides. The film also shows the many effects that the politics behind the corn lobby has that spills into our every day lives in ways we never imagined. Of course the documentary covers the production of High Fructose Corn Syrup as well.