Reading is so much more than entertainment, it’s a chance to expand your horizons, challenge your mind and educate yourself on parts of life where you may need a little help. Here are our top five health and wellness books that do just that.
1. “The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time” by Cameron Diaz
With as much research and science as a textbook, but still enjoyable and readable at the same time, Cameron Diaz’s “The Longevity Book” provides a look at how the female body ages and how we can age better. Rather than giving tips on how to look younger, Diaz offers up insight from medical experts on how the body changes as we get older, how to maintain optimal health into midlife and beyond and much more, all peppered with stories from Diaz about her own experiences getting older in the entertainment industry.
Find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Longevity-Book-Science-Strength-Privilege/dp/1504696956
2. “Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success” by Shawn Stevenson
Sleep is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle, and in “Sleep Smarter,” Shawn Stevenson shares step-by-step tips on how you can give yourself a sleep makeover to improve your hormones, energy levels, mental state and overall health and life. Stevenson provides solid science and research on why sleep is a game-changer and why you don’t need to just shoot for more sleep, but instead strive for quality sleep. He has a laid-back and humorous approach to educating with personal stories on how he turned around his own health over the years in order to feel better, look better and be more successful than ever.
Find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623367395/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
3. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo
If you have a clear space, you’ll have a clear mind, and that’s the basis for Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” While you may not initially think of this book as falling in the health and wellness space, it certainly does — as mental health is part of the whole wellness picture. Kondo teaches you her signature method of cleaning out your home, and with it, you are able to get rid of a ton of stuff and practice her philosophy moving forward so that you don’t accumulate too much again in the future. This idea of having less and keeping less allows you to focus on what’s truly important, which usually isn’t a material thing at all. In the book, Kondo shares a bit about her story and how she continues to help her clients improve their entire lives just by overhauling their homes.
4. “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brené Brown
It’s not often that we associate the idea of being vulnerable with positive outcomes, but in “Daring Greatly,” Brené Brown teaches us that getting uncomfortable, in both your personal and professional life, is actually incredibly courageous. Brown shares plenty of research and case studies to back up her claims that we get stronger as we learn to let more parts of ourself be seen too, and this all leads to a healthier and more fulfilled life.
5. “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” by Mark Hyman, M.D.
Instead of just detailing the latest fad diet, in “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?,” Dr. Mark Hyman provides a comprehensive look at all the major food groups and explains via research which foods benefit the body and which do not — and it’s not always what you expect. Dr. Hyman breaks down the science in easy-to-understand ways, all the while explaining how the food industry has played a part in making nutrition confusing for the average American. The book also has some healthy recipes and principles to help you achieve optimal health and weight moving forward in a sustainable way.
Find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Food-What-Heck-Should-Eat/dp/0316338869
There’s so much to gain from reading nonfiction books that it’s a worthy investment of your time, even if you’re busy. Happy reading!