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.
“The New Health Rules” is a beautiful book that presents one new “health rule” on each page with a picture to accompany it. It’s the only book in the list that isn’t science heavy. I love it because it encapsulates my eating and life style habits in a coffee-table style book.
“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.
“Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself” – This is Dr. Joseph Mercola’s latest book. 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.
“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.
“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 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.
Cookbooks that have inspired me!
All of them except for “Nourishing Traditions” are written by food bloggers.