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10 Books to Refresh Mind, Body, and Spirit

If you’re wondering which health & wellness books you should be reading in 2019—don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Detoxers, foodies, home chefs, soul-searchers, and self-help devotees: These books will help you refresh, reset, and reach your potential.

The Clarity Cleanse, Habib Sadeghi

Habib Sadeghi, DO, a co-founder of the integrative health center and Be Hive of Healing, reminds us how indispensable it is to take care of our emotional baggage—for the benefit of your physical and spiritual wellbeing. This is his liberating twelve-step guide to recognizing the emotional issues that hold us back, with strategies to increase our energy and help us reach our potential. Because negative emotions actually do damage on the cellular level, The Clarity Cleanse offers guidance for cleansing both your body and mind, living with intentionality, purging negative emotions, practicing compassionate self-forgiveness, and refocusing negative energy to move beyond doubt and fear.

The Food Therapist, Shira Lenchewski

Shira Lenchewski, MS, RD, breaks down the patterns that shape our often-complicated relationship with food. Similar to a one-on-one session, Lenchewski’s easy-to-follow (and judgement-free) road map includes daily actionable tools to plan ahead, make our desired food choices, tune in to satisfaction, and stop feeling guilty. This is the kind of book you can return to whenever you feel off track or out of balance, or just to hear Lenchewski’s inimitable voice—and for her incredible recipes and meal plans.

Whole Detox, Deanna Minich

Seattle-based functional nutritionist Deanna Minich merges nutrition, modern science, ancient spiritual healing practices, and clinical experiences into a twenty-one-day road map to address the toxic elements in our lives. She delves into diet, energy, relationships, and self-limiting thoughts—and she traces it all back to seven systems of health, based on the seven chakras.

The Clean Plate, Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow gets the power of simple, quality food. Her recipes focus on delicious flavors and clean ingredients—pillars that have launched her cookbooks to bestseller status. Now she’s back with her most ambitious cookbook to date: a collection of 100-plus recipes and customizable meal plans that offer taste, simplicity, and targeted health benefits. Highlights include instant staples such as Turkey Meatball Pho, Sheet Pan Chicken Broccolini, and Butternut Squash Tacos, and sweet treats like Cashew Turmeric Iced Lattes and Chocolate Chia Pudding.

Ketotarian, Will Cole

The keto craze is just getting warmed up. The ketogenic diet kick-starts your body’s metabolism so it burns fat, instead of sugar, as its primary fuel. But most ketogenic plans are meat- and dairy-heavy, creating a host of other problems, especially for those who prefer plants at the center of the plate. Dr. Will Cole comes to the rescue with Ketotarian, which has all the fat-burning benefits without the antibiotics and hormones that are packed into most keto diets. Ketotarian includes more than 75 recipes that are vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian, offering a range of delicious and healthy choices for achieving weight loss, renewed health, robust energy, and better brain function.

The 4-Hour Body, Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation. From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, Tim Ferriss fixated on one life-changing question: For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results? Thousands of tests later, this book contains the answers for both men and women.

The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower—and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion, Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

The Tools is a dynamic, results-oriented practice that defies the traditional approach to therapy. Instead of focusing on the past, this groundbreaking method aims to deliver relief from persistent problems and restore control—and hope—to users right away. Every day presents challenges that the tools transform into opportunities to bring about bold and dramatic changes in your life. Use the tools to let go of grudges, speak straight, quiet negative thoughts, and find a little extra willpower we didn’t think was there.

Sicker, Fatter, Poorer, Leonardo Trasande

A leading voice in public health policy and top environmental medicine scientist (Leonardo Trasande) reveals the alarming truth about how hormone-disrupting chemicals are affecting our daily lives—and what we can do to protect ourselves and fight back. His research focuses on the ways chemicals impact our hormones, using studies and emerging evidence he’s culled on the rise of neurodevelopmental, metabolic, reproductive, and immunological diseases. This is his playbook for avoiding endocrine disruptors and toxic chemicals—in the bedroom, the office, the air, and everywhere.

The Plant Paradox: Quick and Easy, Steven R. Gundry

We all know about gluten—a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation in the body. Americans spend billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health. But what if we’ve been missing the root of the problem? In The Plant Paradox, renowned cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common, and highly toxic, plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the “gluten-free” foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. These proteins, which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants, are designed by nature to protect them from predators (including humans). Once ingested, they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions.

Clean: Remove, Restore, Rejuvenate, Amely Greeven

The definitive book on detox and cleanses, Clean is a medically proven program designed to be easily incorporated into our busy schedule while providing all the practical tools necessary to support and rejuvenate our bodies. The effect is transformative: nagging health problems will suddenly disappear, extra weight will drop away, and for the first time in our lives, we will experience what it truly means to feel healthy.

By: Nico Picciuto
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