Despite your best intentions, sometimes taking care of your mental and physical wellbeing gets pushed to the bottom of your priorities. Sometimes life can just get in the way, making it tricky to find a balance between taking care of your body and mind while still having fun. If you feel like you may need a subtle push to kickstart your wellness journey, we've got you covered via a bevy of thoughtful and well-researched health books.
When it comes to choosing the right book, you may feel a little overwhelmed because there are so many on the market. So we compiled a list based on the titles with the best ratings and reviews on Amazon. With books focused on everything from liver health to clean diets, there's bound to be something that strikes your fancy. Scroll down to see which books made the cut.
The New Health Rules by Frank Lipman, M.D. & Danielle Claro
With 67% of more than 250 customer reviews giving this insightful book five stars, The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness certainly comes highly recommended. The New York Times bestseller was authored by Frank Lipman, M.D., a leading expert in functional medicine, and Danielle Claro, a writer and yoga-lover.
The book combines life-changing health advice and tips to improve your mind, body, and soul. The topics range from how to get a good night's sleep to the benefits of daily sun exposure, to name a few. The duo even advises replacing common household cleaning supplies that could be making you sick with natural products.
One Amazon customer wrote, "Without a doubt, this is the simplest, clearest way to understand how to live better, longer, healthier lives. My goal: to get this book into the hands of everyone I love and value, and make sure they read it cover to cover. It's simple, attainable advice for everyone."
If your overall health is need of a total makeover, this book will have you on the path to wellness without the crazy dieting.
The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder
Kimberly Snyder is famous for whipping A-list celebrities into shape, but her work goes way past Hollywood. Snyder lives and breathes the healthy program she preaches, and you only have to look at her to know it: She has the radiant skin, youthful glow, and boundless energy we all crave. You can't fake that kind of inside-out beauty.
She used to struggle with breakouts, coarse and unruly hair, and fat that just wouldn't budge, so Snyder traveled the world to discover different cultures's ancient health and beauty secrets. After reading her tome, we'd say mission accomplished. She compiled all that knowledge into The Beauty Detox Solution, a powerful and popular plan that promises to rid the body of toxins and renew energy levels, so readers look and feel their best.
Out of the hundreds of customer ratings, 69% of them offer five stars. One reader said that the book gave her "an extra dose of invigoration and has put [her] back on an even healthier path." Sold!
When it comes to books on health and wellness, Louise Hay is almost always at the top of the list. The famous motivational author helped pioneer the self-help movement after her first book Heal Your Body was published in 1976.
Hay continues to transform people's lives with Loving Yourself to Great Health, in which she teams up with health and nutrition experts Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane to teach people about "living a nutrient-rich life." The book's topics include adjusting the way you approach problems, the effectiveness of positive affirmations, and how to bring your body in alignment with your mind.
In the reviews (there were more than 200), an Amazon reader admitted that Hay saved his life back in the '80s, and her books have been helping him stay on the path of self-healing ever since. If that's not inspiring, we don't know what is. This book has earned its 4.6-star rating.
It's pretty easy to give in to your cravings and food addictions when you're stressed, tired, or overworked. So how do you curb them to bring your health back to its former glory?
Board-certified family physician, New York Times bestselling author, and nutritional researcher Dr. Joel Fuhrman developed a scientifically proven system. It explains how to conquer your cravings with pretty impressive side effects, including a "reversal of ailments like heart disease, headaches, allergies, high blood pressure, and diabetes." His no-fuss advice offers meal plans and 150 recipes to help you make healthier food choices.
With a 4.6-star rating and more than 460 reviews, we think the advice in this book is pretty trustworthy.
Brain Maker by David Perlmutter
There has been significant research on the benefits of a healthy gut and its role in protecting your brain's ability to stay sharp, but Brain Maker takes it even further. It's both a New York Times bestseller and it's at the top of the chart in Amazon's Alzheimer's category. Hands down, this book by Dr. David Perlmutter—a board-certified neurologist—is one of the best when it comes to understanding how to take care of our minds. He explains the crucial relationship between intestinal microbes and the brain, how our unhealthy lifestyle choices damage that relationship, and what we can do to bring our gut back to a healthy place.
The cutting-edge book includes some diet advice and a six-step program for those willing to make the change and improve their brain health. With a 4.7-star rating and more than 1,400 customer reviews, it's safe to say Dr. Perlmutter has launched a medical revolution.
The Oz Family Kitchen by Lisa and Mehmet Oz
Lisa Oz and her husband, Mehmet Oz, M.D., from The Dr. Oz Show, totally change the game when it comes to both cooking and eating. Their simple and delicious recipes are coupled with practical knowledge and advice to help you understand the power of food and its ability to improve your overall health.
From pastas to soups, to sandwiches, to smoothies, you'll find a meal to suit everyone's taste. Don't believe us? Check out the nearly 200 customers who raved about the book on Amazon.
How Not to Diet by Michael Greger
In the follow-up to his New York Times bestselling book How Not to Die, author and NutritionFacts.org founder Dr. Michael Greger focuses on the leading causes of obesity and its most effective remedies. How Not to Diet outlines the top 21 factors that impact weight, such as insulin index, calorie density, and the effects of certain foods on the gut microbiome. Like several other books on this list, it looks through the lens of the latest groundbreaking scientific discoveries, and beyond trends in dieting.
Following its 2019 release, the book has already garnered a nearly five-star rating from more than 1,000 Amazon customers. Dr. Greger has attracted devotees not just for his expertise but also for his generosity: The author donates all of his book royalties and lecture fees to charity.
An Amazon customer wrote, "Dr. Greger has an uncanny ability to make the complex simple and understandable. Covering a wide range of the latest science from the microbiome to chronobiology, he's skillfully chiseled away the confusion leaving easy to understand, just the facts, summaries."
The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig Urban and Dallas Hartwig
Devoted Whole30ers agree that anyone looking to embark on this very restrictive diet should consider what they'll be giving up. The Whole30 diet was developed by certified sports nutritionists and former spouses Dallas Hartwig (who's also a licensed physical therapist) and writer Melissa Hartwig Urban.
Of the nearly 5,500 reviews, 78% give this tome a five-star rating. The 30-day program prohibits the consumption of a few things you may love, like sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy, to name a few, but you'll feel so good after sticking to this diet, you'll never want to go back.
The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers
The Autoimmune Solution has earned rave reviews from doctors, nutrition experts, and wellness-seeking readers alike. Author Dr. Amy Myers' program for healing inflammatory-related diseases and symptoms is easier than you might expect.
From addressing rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease pain to more run-of-the-mill issues like allergies and rashes, Dr. Myers's book "revolutionizes the way we understand and treat autoimmunity," says fellow doctor and bestselling author, Mark Hyman. Since it hit stands in 2017, the book has garnered more than a thousand reviews and quite a few five-star ratings. We'll definitely be checking this one out.
The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean
Medical and naturopathic doctor Carolyn Dean offers a comprehensive guide to one of the essential minerals in the second edition of The Magnesium Miracle, which has earned a 4.5-star rating from over 300 reviewers. In her book, Dr. Dean walks us through the latest medical findings in magnesium's ability to lower both cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. She also discusses why diets like the paleo program lead to magnesium deficiency. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the nutrient can help treat asthma, diabetes, depression, stroke, osteoporosis, and other ailments, too.
One Amazon reader said, "This book and my applying it to my recovery from MCS disease could have saved me four really horrible years of debilitating illness and my entire retirement savings spent on expensive supplements and protocols that never really delivered the stability that my system is starting to achieve after not even one month following her protocol."
Medical Medium Liver Rescue by Anthony William
New York Times bestselling author Anthony William may be best known as the celebrity-beloved "Medical Medium" who kickstarted the celery juice movement. You may have heard such starlights as Gwyneth Paltrow, Pharrell, and Naomi Campbell sing his praises. In Liver Rescue, he explores how to treat symptoms and conditions ranging from psoriasis to diabetes by taking care of our largest gland and solid organ, the liver.
Boasting over 3,600 reviews (86% of which gave the book five stars), Medical Medium Liver Rescue breaks down how the liver works and why it causes health problems. William also outlines the best supplements to take as well as a nine-day cleanse that will help detox the body.
Hashimoto's Protocol by Izabella Wentz
After getting diagnosed with Hashimoto's (chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis) at 27, New York Times bestselling author and pharmacist Izabella Wentz set out to help others who suffer from the autoimmune disease. Synthetic hormones are often prescribed to treat symptoms such as hair loss, brain fog, acid reflux, and chronic cough, but Wentz outlines a protocol of self-tests, lifestyle changes, and recipes to help readers heal in as little as 90 days.
The recovery guide has over 1,300 ratings from faithful followers of Wentz's detox plan. One Amazon reader encouraged naysayers to "read the whole book first... I think it's totally worth it. I have finished the liver and the adrenal phase, we are starting the gut healing, and I'm pumped. I haven't felt this great in YEARS." This book sounds like a winner.
The Wahls Protocol
After her "Minding Your Mitochondria" TEDx talk went viral, Dr. Terry Wahls has become pretty famous in the world of multiple sclerosis. The author and physician swapped her supplements and prescription medication for a paleo diet then shared her life-changing results in her book, The Wahls Protocol.
Garnering 4.6 stars from almost 2,000 reviews on Amazon, the book reveals how Dr. Wahls regained control over her life, reversed her MS symptoms, and went from requiring a wheelchair to biking 18 miles again. Dr. David Perlmutter sang high praises for the book: "Dr. Wahls provides elegant first-hand validation that diet truly represents the most powerful medicine. This book is totally supported by the most leading-edge research and provides a beacon of hope."
The Blue Zone by Dan Buettner
When it comes to living a longer, healthier life, we definitely trust National Geographic adventurer and longevity expert Dan Buettner's advice. In The Blue Zones, he explores why certain communities around the globe have a disproportionate number of people living past the age of 100. He examines everything from their diets to their spirituality, and he reveals all of the time-honored traditions to living a fulfilling life in his bestselling book.
A few key insights include the fact that many groups enjoy mostly-plant-based and antioxidant-rich diets, a strong sense of community, and naturally active daily routines. More than 70% of the 700 Amazon reviews considered this book to be pretty life-changing and awarded it 4.5 stars.
Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalene Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
Four-time Olympian and marathoner Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky teamed up for this New York Times bestselling cookbook packed with over 100 flavorful recipes, inspiring stories, and expert nutrition advice. We're already hooked. Rather than focusing on how to stay in shape by counting calories and following a restrictive diet, Run Fast. Eat Slow. proves that you can indulge in delicious meals that just so happen to lack flour and refined sugar.
The tome has earned a near-perfect five-star rating and over 500 reviews from bookworm runners, and it's clear why: The cookbook features nourishing and tasty recipes to keep runners of all levels fueled. A few of our favorites include superhero muffins, kale radicchio salad with farro, and double chocolate teff cookies, to name a few.