5 of the best books for your health in 2018
By: Angelica Malin
Looking for some literary inspiration? There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of herbal tea after a long day; especially a book that’s filling you with positive vibes and inspiration for healthy living. The health market is bigger than ever and there’s some fantastic new books in 2018 that will help you be the best version of yourself. Here’s 5 reads we’re loving for mental, physical and spiritual development this year:
The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert – Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab – reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don’t sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life – eating, drinking, and reproducing – the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer and much more. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.
Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, The Mind Gut Connection is a practical guide that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and body.
While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the microbiome – the microorganisms that live inside us -communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health. The Mind-Gut Connection shows how to keep the brain-gut communication clear and balanced to heal the gut by focusing on a plant-based diet and balance the microbiome by consuming fermented foods and probiotics, fasting, and cutting out sugar and processed foods.
Marc and Angel Chernoff have become go-to voices in the area of personal development, reaching tens of thousands of fans each day with their fresh and relatable insights. Now they’re writing the book they wish they’d had when they needed it most.
Getting Back to Happy reveals their strategies for changing thought patterns and daily habits to bounce back from tough times. Sharing never-before-published stories and advice, the book shows us how to harness the power of daily rituals, mindfulness, self-care, and more to overcome whatever life throws our way–in order to become our best selves.
4 years ago, father, international businessman and adventurer Steve Bennett trekked to the North Pole, an expedition that saw his frostbitten doctor get dramatically rescued. Within 48 hours of returning to the UK, he competed in a marathon. As you would expect, Steve paid great attention to both his training regime and diet. However, to his dismay and bewilderment, his body fat was a staggering 29%. Obese! Later that year, Steve’s wife after a very long break, expectantly announced that she was pregnant with Steve’s 7th child.
Steve concerned by his lack of health, decided that to successfully parent a newborn, he would need to uncover what was making him so unfit. Primal Cure documents the learning and discoveries of an extremely wealthy and motivated father asking open, honest and difficult questions regarding our diet, lifestyle and environment. It unveils secrets that governments, food companies and pharmaceutical giants don’t want us to know. Throughout its entirety, the book is straight-speaking, educational and challenges our commercially influenced beliefs on food. It’s a complete guide book, for health, happiness, longevity and is unlike anything written before.
Ella’s latest book features the most popular, tried and tested recipes from her supper clubs, pop-ups and deli to show how delicious and abundant plant-based cooking can be. The simple vegan recipes cover everything from colourful salads to veggie burgers and falafel, creamy dips and sides, hearty one-pot curries and stews, speedy breakfasts, weekend brunches, muffins, cakes and brownies. They’re the recipes that Ella’s thousands of customers have been asking for since the deli first launched in 2015, and each recipe has a beautiful photograph to show you how it should look.
In addition to over 100 brand new plant-based recipes, for the first time we are treated to a personal insight into Ella’s journey – how she grew her blog, which she began writing to help get herself well while suffering from illness, into a wellbeing brand – and all that she has learnt along the way, as well as what drives the Deliciously Ella philosophy and her team’s passion for creating delicious healthy food. With diary excerpts that document the incredible journey that Deliciously Ella has taken and over 100 tried-and-tested irresistible recipes for every day, using simple, nourishing ingredients, this stunning book will be a must-have for fans and food-lovers alike, it’s also perfect for anyone looking to experiment with vegan cooking for the first time.