10 Books You Must Read Regarding Your Health
Our modern culture seems obsessed with health – physical, mental, emotional, even sexual. If you’re looking for a few „must read“ titles in your local bookstores Health section, we suggest you pick up the following ten titles.
1. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
An inspirational book full of amazing athletic achievements, world-class science, and memorable „characters, Born to Run is an epic adventure that just so happens to be true.
2. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
Best described as pop sociology with a nod to mental health (information processing), Gladwell’s thesis is simple -little changes can have big effects. He argues that when small portions of the population start behaving differently, that behavior can travel social networks until a „tipping point“ is reached, changing the world.
3. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Pollan provides an eye-opening treatise on the Western diet and its harmful effects on our bodies and culture. As Americans continue to suffer from a variety of diet related illnesses, Pollan argues for serious reconsideration of our eating habits.
4. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
The perfect sex oriented self-help book for people that hate self-help books. Perel sets forth a straightforward thesis for modern couples that recommends cultivating autonomy; exploring power and control dynamics; and learning to let go of shame in guilt in favor of a „sexual ruthlessness.“
5. The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself for Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn
As Metapsychology Online Reviews exclaims, this book is „a practical, thoughtful approach to the treatment of depression, combining classic cognitive techniques with the use of mindfulness, or a sense of non-judgmental awareness of and attention to the present moment.“
6. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
Kessler explains how lifestyle changes and a host of other factors have encouraged a norm of overeating. Kessler’s book provides a simple food rehab program aimed at regaining control of ourselves and our food.
7. The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner, a writer for National Geographic, has traveled the world to discover the best strategies for healthy longevity. Drawing from interviews and scientific finding, he presents his readers with a „recipe“ that may add years to your life.
8. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey and Eric Hagerman
John J. Ratey, M.D. and Eric Hagerman explore the mind-body connection and presenting surprising research that exercise may be the best defense against what ails you.
9. Getting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together by Tammy Nelson
Nelson helps her readers acquire sexual communication skills that allows them to better communicate their sexual wants and needs in their relationship while reconnecting with their partner.
10. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
Medina presents readers with a dozen principles on how the brain works and a plethora of suggestions on how to apply those principles within our daily lives.