Health books I’ve learned a lot from …
In my pursuit of health, I wanted to know why my body was acting the way that is was and how food played a part. As a former engineer, I tend to lean towards books that are heavy on the science. Even if you’re not a science fanatic like myself, don’t be deterred from this reading list. All the information is broken down and presented incredibly well.
“Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself” – I have long followed Dr. Mercola and am very grateful for the knowledge he’s shared over the years. He left his practice as a doctor years ago because he wanted to get to the source of the issue with his patients rather than treat the symptom. Personally, I follow doctor’s that ask “why” rather than “what”.
“The End of Alzheimer’s” – A fascinating book by Dr. Dale Bredesen on what triggers Alzheimer’s (spoiler alert – diet is a major factor!) on also how to begin to reverse cognitive decline.
“The Paleo Approach” – All I have to say is “Wow”. This book has it all. From the science behind autoimmune diseases and the foods that cause them and how to implement the paleo diet, this book is thorough, informative, based on science, and easy to read. I love this book! By Sarah Ballantyne, PhD.
“A Mind of Your Own” – I have never personally suffered from depression, but how diet plays a role in our psychological state has always fascinated me. Dr. Kelly Brogan M.D. obliterates the false notion that prescription drugs are the only way to treat this mental illness. Talk about empowering!
“Gut and Psychology Syndrome” – is by neurologist Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who recognized the connection between the health of the gut and brain’s health. She developed a diet (a.k.a. GAPS, which I implemented for my own leaky gut syndrome) to “heal and seal” the gut and thus drastically improve the health of the patients she treats.
“The Plant Paradox” – On my list to read from the book’s published description, “In The Plant Paradox, renowned cardiologist and heart surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common, and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the “gluten-free” foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. These proteins, which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants, are designed by nature to protect plants from predators (including humans). Once ingested, they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions.”
“Eat Dirt” – a book by Dr. Josh Axe focusing on leaky gut, how it contributes to a variety of health issues, and how to heal it. When I say a “variety of health issues”. That’s how it goes with leaky gut. The health issues manifest in so many different way because all of our genes predispose us to different ailments.
“The Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods That Are Making You Sick and Tired” – by nutritionist Tom Malterre, this is the most thorough elimination diet plan I have seen out there. Elimination diets help pin-point if a group of foods are at the root of the health issues you’re experiencing and are extremely helpful! (GAPS is another version of an elimination diet.) They were actually developed in the 70s by a doctor treating colitis patients.
“The Complete Guide to Fasting” – I practice intermittent fasting daily, which means that I eat within an 8 hour window and fast for the other 16. Personally, this has helped me with blood-sugar regulation, sleep, and overall energy. This book is a great guide for those interested! From the book’s published description, “Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about—yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.”
“Deep Nutrition” – I started to learn and practice more traditional cooking methods after reading The Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Nourished Traditions (a cookbook with and plethora of health information as well). Deep Nutrition is on my reading list to expand on my knowledge.
“Nourished Traditions” – This is a cookbook full of amazing wisdom on traditional cooking methods and why they proper way to prepare food for optimal health.
And Cookbooks that have inspired me!
All of them except for “Nourishing Traditions” are written by food bloggers.