Powerful Healing Books for the Body & Mind

I love reading books for several reasons. They help me to stay up to date on nutrition and wellness information, they force me to be in the moment, and they allow me to relax. Ever since we started socially isolating, I have been reading more than ever before. There are a handful of books that I have read recently (and a few that are timeless favorites) that I am constantly recommending to everyone in my life – clients, family members, and friends alike. I figure since I learned so much from these books, that I should put them all together in a list that everyone can benefit from. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

How Not to Diet by Michael Greger, M.D.

If you read my blog from last week, you know that I am obsessed with Dr. Michael Greger. He is an internationally renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of the Nutrition Facts website.

His most recent book, How Not to Diet, was published in December and it is a wealth of nutrition science information. It goes beyond food to identify twenty-one weight-loss accelerators available to our bodies, incorporating the latest discoveries in cutting-edge areas like chronobiology to reveal the factors that maximize our body’s natural fat-burning capabilities. Dr. Greger builds the ultimate weight loss guide without promoting the common fad diets that so many of us fall victim to.

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? by Mark Hyman, M.D.

Dr. Mark Hyman is another physician who focuses on food as a form of preventative and reactive medicine along with more common western practices. I found Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? to be Dr. Hyman’s most comprehensive book yet.

In it, he examines every food group and explains what we have gotten wrong about them. Dr. Hyman reveals which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. From grains to legumes, meat to dairy, fats to artificial sweeteners, and beyond, Dr. Hyman debunks misconceptions and breaks down the fascinating science in his signature accessible style.

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Dr. Kelly A. Turner

I read Radical Remission for the first time many years ago, but I have to include it on the list because it is very special to me. Dr. Kelly A. Turner is the founder of the Radical Remission Project, which uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer—even after conventional medicine has failed. As you can imagine, this book hits home for me as I had my own radical remission from cancer.

Dr. Turner was pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of California Berkley when she was shocked to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical remission—when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed. Her book follows her journey around the world as she traveled to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques.

I believe that everyone should read this book – regardless of whether or not cancer has touched your life.

Smart Plants: Power Foods & Natural Nootropics for Optimized Thinking, Focus & Memory by Julie Boris

I always recommend New York Times bestselling author Julie Boris’ book Smart Plants to my clients who struggle with focus and memory lapses, mental fog, or stress. Boris’ groundbreaking book reveals the dietary secrets to better brain performance. It combines scientific research with the wisdom of ancient remedies, and it showcases an exciting array of cognition-enhancing plants—from everyday foods to natural nootropics (edibles that can improve memory, learning, and problem-solving).

Even if you are someone who simply wants to optimize your mental performance and protect your brain health, this book is for you.

Heal, by Kelly Noonan Gores

Heal is based on Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary by the same name and both are life-altering. Heal follows two people on their healing journeys while combining science-backed research and real-world testimonials from experts like Marianne Williamson, Bruce Lipton, Deepak Chopra, Bernie Siegel, Anita Moorgani, Kelly Brogan, and many others, to offer hope and alternative treatments for the many people suffering from a variety of chronic illnesses.

Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action by Seane Corn

In Revolution of the Soul, renowned yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty—enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings—to help us heal, evolve, and change the world.

If you need a little inspiration or motivation right now (I sure know I do), this book is perfect for you.  

Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal by Anthony William

In Cleanse to Heal, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, has placed a vast wealth of insight and information into a one-stop resource for cleansing of all kinds, starting with his acclaimed nine-day 3:6:9 Cleanse and expanding into life-saving protocols for specific health needs-including an anti-bug cleanse, a morning cleanse, and a heavy metal detox.

We are all in need of cleansing – especially at such an unprecedented time as this one. This book explains the best methods for cleansing and includes explanations for why cleansing is so integral to overall health.

What books have you loved during quarantine? Reach out and let me know!