Much recent biological and nutritional research has focused on our gut health, specifically what we can eat and do to keep the good bacteria and microbes flourishing. Maintaining its proper function is key to maintaining our health, both physical and mental. The secret to living well, it seems, lies within our own selves.
Read these 10 books to learn how to keep your body functioning at its optimal level. Clean eating and living will give you the best chance for a healthy, happy summer.
The Complete Gut Health Cookbook
by Pete Evans
With more and more research pointing to gut health as a leading factor in overall wellbeing, the way we eat has never been more important. The Complete Gut Health Cookbook is your all-inclusive, 6-step guide for getting your gut right—complete with 100+ recipes for gut health and a 5-week meal plan. This gut-check is brought to you by award-winning Chef Pete Evans, and trusted nutritionist Helen Padarin. As the title suggests, this book is all about good gut health and how to achieve it, following the simple but powerful premise that wellness stems from a balanced digestive system. But while you’re adhering to healthy cooking standards, you’re not sacrificing flavor with any of these great-tasting dishes.
Probiotics for Health: 100 Amazing and Unexpected Uses for Probiotics
by Jo A. Panyko
Discover the many ways probiotics can transform your health, beauty, and overall wellness in this informative new guide. Probiotics—good bacteria found in fermented foods and supplements—are the newest health craze, and for good reason. Recent medical studies continue to reveal how probiotics improve gut health and contribute to overall wellness. Their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can help combat chronic disease, including heart disease, certain types of cancers, and irritable bowl syndrome. They also provide all-natural relief for common ailments like allergies, flu, colds, urinary tract infections, and yeast infections. They are also effective beauty aids, and can be used for many things from fighting acne to healing dandruff. With Probiotics for Health, you will discover all the benefits that these good bacteria can bring from weight loss to better skin to a better immune system—without dangerous chemicals or costly procedures.
The Magic of Food: Live Longer and Healthier–and Lose Weight–with the Synergetic Diet
The world’s most renowned doctor of natural medicine, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods and The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (Third Edition), Dr. Michael Murray draws on his extensive knowledge of food as medicine to promote optimum health. Food affects our body, mind, and health in many remarkable ways. And certain foods work together in ways that are almost magical. In this groundbreaking new eating plan, Dr. Michael Murray identifies foods that act together to produce a total effect or force that is greater than the sum of the individual foods—what is known as a synergetic effect. Research shows there’s a tremendous synergetic effect that the healing force of nature exerts through each food and each food component. As the foods work together, they improve your energy and your physical and mental health. Michael Murray’s years of research and clinical experience have led to a definitive understanding of how specific foods affect us. He presents his findings on phytochemicals and other nutrients and why they’re the new “vitamins”; discusses specific healing foods and how to combine them; and explains the principles to follow for eating the most synergetic foods every day. Here also are practical and prescriptive recipes and helpful guidelines for better and delicious eating. All this is in a usable, accessible, entertaining guide that you will turn to again and again as you develop your own personalized program for using food as medicine.
Dr. Junger captivated the reading masses with the bestselling Clean, which imparted the valuable lessons of the Clean Program for accelerating the body’s natural healing process. In Clean Gut, he offers tips on how to repair and strengthen our middle, which can be toughened to resist obesity, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and even depression.
The Clever Gut Diet: How to Revolutionize Your Body from the Inside Out
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Diet and The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet comes a groundbreaking new book about your gut—known as the “second brain” of the body—that explains how taking care of its good bacteria can lead to optimal health and weight loss. People often joke about “going with their gut” but the truth is that this part of your body exercises an astonishing degree of control over your mood, hunger, and general health. Written with the latest research on the microbiome—the alien bacteria that lives in our guts—The Clever Gut Diet also clearly explains what goes on inside your stomach and intestines every day. Discover up-to-the-date science on hunger hormones and learn how our “second brain” communicates with the rest of the body, shaping our appetite and immune system. Although this is primarily a how-to book, Dr. Mosley uses his own body and experiences as a narrative, sharing his own personal journey of discovery. He explores prebiotics, probiotics, and the impact of antibiotics. The book also includes a comprehensive and delicious menu plan, provided by a leading dietician, which ensures that you will grow only the finest plants in your own internal garden. Finally, you can discover once and for all how to lead a life of optimal weight maintenance, improved physical health, and an overwhelming sense of balance and calm.
Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes
by Rob Knight
Allergies, asthma, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused—and someday cured—by the microscopic life inside us. The key is to understand how this groundbreaking science influences your health, mood, and more.In just the last few years, scientists have shown how the microscopic life within our bodies— particularly within our intestines—has an astonishing impact on our lives. In Follow Your Gut, pioneering scientist Rob Knight pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain—with good humor and easy-to-grasp examples—why these new findings matter to everyone.
The Dirt Cure
In the tradition of Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, and Andrew Weil, pioneering integrative pediatric neurologist Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, reveals the shocking contents of children’s food, how it’s seriously harming their bodies and brains, and what we can do about it. And she presents the first nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy—a plan that any family can follow.
Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It
Doctor of Natural Medicine and wellness authority Dr. Josh Axe delivers a groundbreaking, indispensable guide for understanding, diagnosing, and treating one of the most discussed yet little-understood health conditions: leaky gut syndrome.
Do you have a leaky gut? For 80% of the population the answer is “yes”—and most people don’t even realize it. Leaky gut syndrome is the root cause of a litany of ailments, including: chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and even arthritis.
Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life
Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.
In Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.
The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out
The microbiome—the collective name for the trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive tract—is today’s hottest medical news topic. Dr. Robynne Chutkan explains how the standard Western diet and our super-sanitized lifestyle are starving our microbes, depleting the “good bugs” that are crucial for keeping us healthy, and encouraging overgrowth of exactly the wrong types of bacteria.
But, as Dr. Chutkan explains, there are effective lifestyle and diet changes we can make to reverse this damage. Dr. Chutkan has helped thousands of patients suffering from a disordered microbiome with her comprehensive Live Dirty, Eat Clean Plan, designed to remove damaging medications and foods, replace important bacteria that have been lost, and restore health. The Microbiome Solution offers: a microbiome overview, nourishing recipes, questions for your doctor, preventative and recovery health tips, and the next frontier for a severely troubled microbiome—the stool transplant.