I don’t know about you, but I have a passion for reading and learning - especially when it comes to health and wellness related books.
There's so much conflicting information our there and I just love to read all the different philosophies so then I can form my own ideas and beliefs.
I really just believe knowledge is so important if we want to grow and expand, and even more important when it comes to our health.
So I’m definitely not here to tell you that you HAVE to read all of these books. But if you’re like me, and actually enjoy learning about nutrition, food, and how to improve your health then I think you’re going to love this list I’ve compiled.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve read a ton of health, nutrition and wellness related books. But only a handful of them have really impacted my life and I still reference them today.
So if you’re looking to expand your knowledge and start improving your health, here’s my 10 Favorite Health Related Books for you to explore:
The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health - T. Colin Campbell, MD and Thomas M. Campbell II
This is one of the first nutrition books I read that really opened my eyes to how important the food we eat is to our overall health. This is a very scientific based nutrition and health book that outlines how you can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes simply by changing up your diet. While Dr. Campbell suggests a strict whole foods, plant-based diet, I definitely believe you can start implementing more of the foods he discusses on regular basis without having to take a completely restrictive or extreme approach and still reap the amazing benefits.
Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet - Alona Pulde MD and Mathew Lederman, MD
If you enjoy The China Study, this is a great follow up book about how to transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet. I also highly recommend checking out the documentary Forks Over Knives, which is available on Netflix. I really enjoyed the practical approach the authors take to transitioning to this way of eating. They make it seem very easy and doable. I also think it would be a great way to start having plant-based meals at least two out of your three meals a day.
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition - T. Collin Campbell PhD and Howard Jacobson
If you enjoying learning about science and nutrition than you will love this book. If you are just looking for an easy read without a lot of science you may want to skip over this one. This is another great book on nutrition by T. Collin Campbell. He explores the importance of eating whole foods in their most natural state and he suggests the importance of moving away from the reductionist way of thinking about nutrition (ex. the focus of single nutrients or a single drug to treat disease). He discusses why it's so hard for people to except his philosophy and why so many people struggle with actually changing their behaviors. If the idea of eating more whole-foods, plant-base is at all enticing I highly recommend checking out this book.
Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It - Dr. Josh Axe
I had been hearing about "leaky gut" for a while, but I never really understood what it was. I have also heard a lot of scientific research suggests strong links between our minds and our gut which made this book very intriguing to me. The author discusses how 70% of our immune system is in our gut and therefore, when it is not working properly our health suffers. If you or someone you know struggles with chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, or arthritis then this book is for you.
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual - Michael Pollan
If you aren't into reading about science and nutrition, but you're ready to start eating in a healthier way then this is the perfect book for you to begin with. Michael Pollan offers very simple and practical "food rules" which can help you easily transition to a healthier diet. He suggests a very non-restrictive approach and live by the mantra "Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.". This book can be read in one sitting and is great to refer back to once and a while when you need a little inspiration to eat healthier.
The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! - Mark Hyman MD
Balancing our blood sugar is one of the most important things we can learn to do to improve our health which is why I decided to read this book. I think this book offers great suggestions as to how to live a healthier lifestyle. The book contains some recipes and a diet program you can begin. While I may not personally agree with every piece of his advise, I definitely think it is worth the read if you are looking to prevent disease and live healthier. He also explores the negative affects the environment has on our health and discusses was to start treating the diabetes epidemic.
The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss - Marc David
While this book may be called a "diet" and it's an 8 week weight loss program, it's really not your typical diet book at all. This book really introduces a mindful eating practice with an emphasis on the importance of our mind, body and spiritual connection. He shows how by changing the way in which we eat we really can improve our metabolism, increase energy, and even lose weight. I love that at the end of each chapter he provides exercises to practice the new concepts provided. This is a great book for anyone struggling with their relationship to food or their body.
The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy - Kimberly Snyder CN
Kimberly Snyder has been one of my favorite nutritionist gurus and I've read and enjoyed all of her books. This was one of my favorite books of hers because it not only focuses on the food that we eat, but also the importance of the mind body connection and how we can really achieve health and happiness. She dives deep into understanding why we have food cravings and how to overcome them. She also discusses the benefits of yoga, meditation and affirmations to our overall health. If you're into learning more about the mind-body connection then I highly recommend this book.
Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works - Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD
This is a very different book than the ones previously mentioned and it is definitely one of my favorites. I strongly believe that this book has the power to be life changing for anyone willing to take in and practice the information offered. This book is for anyone ready to stop dieting and start eating in a way that is aligned with our intuition. Not only is the information provided practical, but it is also back by science and has been transforming lives since 1995. I really believe this book is for anyone that eats, but it is especially useful if you struggle with emotional eating, overeating, binge eating, or any other types of disordered eating. (Of course, if you believe you may have an eating disorder, please consult a physician or specialist)
Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight - Linda Bacon, PhD
Lastly, but definitely not least, this book provides a radical way to think about your health. The author discusses how we need stop dieting and obsessing over weight loss and aim for health no matter what size we are. The truth is that our health is not defined by our weight and the constant striving for weight loss is only holding us back. She provides a scientifically proven philosophy to improve your health and self-esteem. This book has been eye opening and life changing for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a body ;).
Well, there you have it. These are some of my favorite health related books that I've read and I hope you are now excited to go pick one up. They are all very different and each one has a unique perspective that you may love or hate. My philosophy is to take what you love and leave behind what you don't.
The truth is when we stay informed and start listening to our bodies, we can all live healthier lives.
So I'd love to hear what book you're excited to read now? Or if I left you're favorite health book off the list, please let me know in the comments! I'm always looking for and adding new books to my "to read" list.