Some amazing books for improving your physical and mental health, personal growth, how to set goals and develop motivation.
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Health & Nutrition
This is one of the most extensive books I've come across that shows how to prevent, and sometimes even reverse, our top killers. Ever chapter goes through one of
our common diseases. On top of the impressive science Dr.Greger shares with you, he adds his recommended "daily dozen" which forms a great foundation of a healthy diet.
This book is the result of the dissatisfaction with governments and media that have only focused on vaccinations as a way out (before vaccinations were even on the market) of Covid-19, completely disregarding the efficiency of an optimal immune system. If you want to naturally boost your immune system, this is the resource for you.
If you want something different from the average health book, then this might be the book for you. It offers a a positive and refreshing perspective. Darin writes with a sense of joy and love of life. "Who do you want to give your money to, the doctor or the grocer, the farmer or the pharmacist?" A motivating read that covers all facets of a healthy lifestyle.
The title speaks for itself. If you enjoyed Immunity Hi, Virus Bye-Bye, you will surely appreciate Dr. Fuhrman's scientific take on immune optimization. He discusses the importance of nutrition and specific foods that help your immune system and protect against disease, including cancer. He highlights the importance of antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Dr. Will B. does an excellent job in explaining the connection between diet, disease and the our microbiome. If you suspect (too much) fiber irritates your gut you need to read this book asap. Dr. B explains how build a strong gut that can handle real food and keeps your immune system in tip-top shape.
If you want to live to a 100, then you might want to read this, maybe even more than once! Dan Buettner takes you to "the five longevity zones" around the world, where he explores how centenarians live, eat, drink and spend their time. Dan adds a nice personal touch through writing and shares interesting interviews with centenarians.
Based on the blue zones way of life, this book is far more than just a cookbook. Besides offering delicious recipes that will increase your life span, it also shares interesting background stories at the same time. The practical side of the recipes is accessibility of them: You don't require a big budget or need to live near big-chain supermarket!
What we should eat comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan's witty, informative & common sense approach is perfect if you fuss about food or have any concerns about what's healthy and what's not. It all comes down to eating real food. In the process you also learn the cause of our harmful western diet.
I recommend this book if you want to learn more about the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 and the omega-3 content of hundreds of different foods.
If you don't know what you really want in life, or don't have the courage to get it, then Bob Proctor is going to be a blessing. It's because of his work that I found out what I really want with my life and found the courage, motivation, and energy to follow my dreams and achieve my goals.
This book is all about changing your old (sometimes destructive) habit patterns; paradigms as Bob calls them.
The all-time bestseller when it comes to forming new habits. James Clear's methodological approach lets you build habits successfully, step by step. How efficient are his techniques exactly? With over a million copies sold and tens of thousand positive reviews in his pocket, you can rest assured there's this book is packed with value.
Whereas Bob's work let me found what I really want in life, it was Think and Grow Rich book that let me set steps in the right direction and gave me the confidence to believe that I could actually do it. It's a book that motivates and increases confidence on one side and practical book on the other. You have to be willing to put in the work though, because otherwise it won't work for you. If your goals's important, that shouldn't be a problem!
Mindfulness & Meditation
I remember the first time I began to understand that I wasn't actually my mind's content. That happened while I was reading the Power of Now. Such a life changing event, I'll never forget. I've bought somewhere between 10 and 20 copies, and handed them out all over the world to people who I believed could benefit from its wisdom. That's how much I like it.
If you've never heard of Thich Nhat Hanh before, please look him up on YouTube and watch his documentary "Walk with me." I've chosen this book in particular cause it's such a great introduction to the wonders of mindful living. Thich has a way to reach within and awaken your inner wisdom, allowing you to experience every-day activities with such a deep joy for life.
If you feel you've lost touch with nature in any way or wonder whether you you really need it, this book might offer you something to think about.
When speaking of nature, Scott Stillman, author of the best seller Nature's Silent Message, says it best:
"The Earth is trying to teach us to live better. To lead richer, happier lives.
Will we continue down the limited path of the mechanical mind?"
You probably know that exercise is good for you, but do you know exactly why? This science-based gem covers it all. But the best part is that—through Judy Foreman's pleasant, inspiring and engaging writing—you'll cut through any confusion and get motivated to get up and move.
If you don't care too much about the science behind exercise but just want to be able to exercise joyfully, then this book is a great read. It might let you think differently about the meaning of exercise altogether. As Kelly McGonigal, the author, herself states: "Movement can and should be a source of joy."
This book differs quite a bit from the others, because this one focuses on stretching. With an arsenal of different stretches, this is a wonderful book that allows you to keep your body healthy and flexible from within the comfort of your own home and offers practical stretches for on the workfloor as well without drawing the attention from all your colleagues
The importance of sleep is explained in such detail that it may just motivate you to go to bed on time. In many cases our modern life and our technology are hindering our sleeping patterns. Matthew Walker offers some great advice to get a good's night sleep in a time where we are overloaded with impulses that hinder us from doing so.
NOTE: Regardless of my enthusiasm for this book, I have some reservations about recommending this book to anyone with anxiety who also experiences insomnia. The overactive mind that contributes to the sleep problems is better off, first, with the books in the mindfulness section.