Despite your best intentions, sometimes taking care of your health gets pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. It's not that you don't care (I mean, who really wants to get sick?); it's just life gets in the way, making it tricky to find the balance between eating right, thinking well, and exercising enough while still having fun. Sometimes you need a subtle push via a new lifestyle philosophy that not only fits in with your routine but also brings your body, mind, and spirit back into alignment.
But with the thousands of health books out there, which one will be right for you? We let Amazon readers do the talking and compiled some of the best health tomes based on their ratings and reviews. Scroll down to see which ones made the cut.
The New Health Rules
With 139 customer reviews and a nearly five-star rating, The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness certainly comes highly recommended. The New York Times best seller was written by Frank Lipman, M.D., a leading expert in the field of functional medicine, along with his co-author, Danielle Claro.
The book fuses life-changing health advice with actionable tips to improve your mind, body, and soul. Topics include everything from how to get a good night's sleep to the benefits of daily sunlight exposure, as well as the toxic household items that could be making you sick and the foods you should be eating to prevent Alzheimer's.
But don't take our word for it. Here's Marie Claire's review: "Our favorite give-it-to-me-straight guide for living well." Amazon customer Lady Gipp wrote this review: "Without a doubt, this is the simplest, clearest way to understand how to live better, longer, healthier lives. My goal: to get this book into the hands of everyone I love and value, and make sure they read it cover to cover. It's simple, attainable advice for everyone."
If your overall health is need of a total makeover, this book will have you on the path to wellness without the crazy dieting.
The Beauty Detox Solution
Kimberly Snyder is famous for whipping A-list celebrities into shape for the red carpet, but her work goes beyond the glare of the paparazzi flashbulb. Snyder lives and breathes the healthy program she preaches, and you only have to look at her to know it. She has the radiant skin, youthful glow, and boundless energy we all crave—you can't fake that kind of inside-out beauty.
After struggling with breakouts, coarse hair and fat that just wouldn't budge, Snyder traveled the world, discovering ancient health and beauty secrets as she went. She compiled all that knowledge into The Beauty Detox Solution, a powerful and popular program that rids the body of toxins and renews your energy levels so you look and feel your best.
The book has a four-star rating and 517 Amazon customer reviews, including this one by Sabrina: "While I was on a healthy path before, the book really gave me that extra dose of invigoration and has put me back on an even healthier path. Once you start adopting a healthier approach to food, it becomes an addiction, seriously! No amount of plastic surgery or expensive anti-aging regimen, or top makeup can ever give you the kind of beauty you will attain by following Kim's advice. I (obviously) highly recommend this book and can guarantee your life will change!"
Loving Yourself to Great Health
When it comes to books on health and wellness, Louise Hay is almost always at the top of the list. The famous motivational author has been dubbed "the closest thing to a living saint" since she founded the self-help movement after her first book Heal Your Body in 1976.
Hay continues to transform people's lives with Loving Yourself to Great Health, in which she teams up with health and nutrition experts Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane to teach people about "living a nutrient-rich life." This book goes beyond the health fads and trends with a system that heals your body, mind, and spirit. The tips are as simple as changing the way you think, the effectiveness of affirmations, and how to bring your body in alignment with your mind. This book isn't about diets that don't last; Hay shows readers how to incorporate achievable techniques into their daily lives to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
Amazon reader A.E. Pierce said: "Louise L. Hay saved my life back in the 1980s, with her first book and tape on self-healing. She is doing it again! I love this because I understand her words, her meaning and her message. She makes the subject of health actually interesting, and with her common sense approach, she encourages us to think, listen, and learn! It is working for me, and after only one week of following her guidelines, I'm really feeling better. Thank you again, Louise!"
Eat for Health
Cravings and food addictions are pretty hard to cave into when you're stressed, tired, and overworked. So how do you curb them to bring your health back to its former glory?
Board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, and nutritional researcher Dr. Joel Fuhrman developed a scientifically proven system that helps you conquer them with pretty impressive side effects, including a "reversal of diseases such as heart disease, headaches, allergies, high blood pressure and diabetes." His no-fuss advice offers meal plans and 150 recipes to help you make healthier food choices.
With an almost five-star rating and 326 reviews, one Amazon customer wrote: "This book puts healthy eating into a very current, contemporary format which helps us to sift out the fad diets from the reality of solid laboratory research. We all already know what foods are best for us but this helped me organize everything into a useable plan. Yes, it involves some supplements and buying of seeds, etc. but it is truly manageable."
There has been significant research on the benefits of gut health and its role in healing and protecting your brain, but Brain Maker takes it even further. As another New York Times best seller and number one bestseller for Amazon in the Alzheimer's category, this book by Dr. David Perlmutter—a board-certified neurologist—explains the crucial relationship between intestinal microbes and the brain, how our unhealthy lifestyle choices make it sick, and what we can do to bring our gut back to health.
The cutting-edge book includes some diet advice and a six-step program for those willing to make the change and improve their brain health. With a four-and-a-half start rating and 450 customer reviews, it's safe to say Perlmutter has launched a medical revolution.
Practicing physician and Amazon customer, Leo Galland has this to say: "I am so impressed by this book. I've been working with human gut microbes for over thirty years. Their effects on brain health are especially important. Only David Perlmutter could make this complex field clear and understandable for non-scientists and provide valid, actionable steps that people can take to improve mental and neurologic health by enhancing the beneficial effects of gut microbes. Brain Maker is an amazing accomplishment."
The Oz Family Kitchen
Trying to eat well but tired of living on a diet of broccoli and bean sprouts? Just stop right there. While it might seem like you’re doing the right thing, this kind of nutrient consumption is miserable, and a huge part of the healing power of food is in the joy of eating it. Lisa Oz and her husband, Mehmet Oz, M.D., from The Dr. Oz Show, bring the fun back into the kitchen with their simple and delicious real-food recipes, along with practical knowledge and advice to help you understand the power of food, and its ability to heal.
This household essential is a number one bestseller on Amazon for a reason. From pastas to soups, sandwiches, smoothies and desserts, there's a meal to suit everyone's taste. Amazon customer Michael agrees: "This is an awesome book. What a treat to get a glimpse inside the Oz kitchen, and to see what they are really eating. It's nice to know that they aren't all that different than the rest of us. The recipes are a great melding of cultural cuisines with a modern healthy twist. There aren't too many ingredients and most things don't take too much planning."
What is your favorite health tome? Have you read a book recently that changed your life? Let us know about it in the comments.
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