Despite your best intentions, sometimes taking care of your health gets pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. It's not that you don't care (I mean, who really wants to get sick?); it's just life gets in the way, making it tricky to find the balance between eating right, thinking well, and exercising enough while still having fun. Sometimes you need a subtle push via a new lifestyle philosophy that not only fits in with your routine but also brings your body, mind, and spirit back into alignment. But with the thousands of health tomes out there, which one will be right for you? We let Amazon readers do the talking and compiled some of the best health books based on their ratings and reviews. Scroll down to see which ones made the cut.
With 139 customer reviews and a nearly five-star rating, The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness certainly comes highly recommended. The New York Times best seller was written by Frank Lipman, M.D., a leading expert in the field of functional medicine, along with his co-author, Danielle Claro.
The book fuses life-changing health advice with actionable tips to improve your mind, body, and soul. Topics include everything from how to get a good night's sleep to the benefits of daily sunlight exposure, as well as the toxic household items that could be making you sick and the foods you should be eating to prevent Alzheimer's.
But don't take our word for it. Here's Marie Claire's review: "Our favorite give-it-to-me-straight guide for living well." Amazon customer Lady Gipp wrote this review: "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.
Kimberly Snyder is famous for whipping A-list celebrities into shape for the red carpet, but her work goes beyond the glare of the paparazzi flashbulb. 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.
After struggling with breakouts, coarse hair and fat that just wouldn't budge, Snyder traveled the world, discovering ancient health and beauty secrets as she went. She compiled all that knowledge into The Beauty Detox Solution, a powerful and popular program that rids the body of toxins and renews your energy levels so you look and feel your best.
The book has a four-star rating and 517 Amazon customer reviews, including this one by Sabrina: "While I was on a healthy path before, the book really gave me that extra dose of invigoration and has put me back on an even healthier path. Once you start adopting a healthier approach to food, it becomes an addiction, seriously! No amount of plastic surgery or expensive anti-aging regimen, or top makeup can ever give you the kind of beauty you will attain by following Kim's advice. I (obviously) highly recommend this book and can guarantee your life will change!"
When it comes to books on health and wellness, Louise Hay is almost always at the top of the list. The famous motivational author has been dubbed "the closest thing to a living saint" since she founded the self-help movement after her first book Heal Your Body 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." This book goes beyond the health fads and trends with a system that heals your body, mind, and spirit. The tips are as simple as changing the way you think, the effectiveness of affirmations, and how to bring your body in alignment with your mind. This book isn't about diets that don't last; Hay shows readers how to incorporate achievable techniques into their daily lives to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
Amazon reader A.E. Pierce said: "Louise L. Hay saved my life back in the 1980s, with her first book and tape on self-healing. She is doing it again! I love this because I understand her words, her meaning and her message. She makes the subject of health actually interesting, and with her common sense approach, she encourages us to think, listen, and learn! It is working for me, and after only one week of following her guidelines, I'm really feeling better. Thank you again, Louise!"
Cravings and food addictions are pretty hard to cave into when you're stressed, tired, and overworked. So how do you curb them to bring your health back to its former glory?
Board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, and nutritional researcher Dr. Joel Fuhrman developed a scientifically proven system that helps you conquer them with pretty impressive side effects, including a "reversal of diseases such as 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 an almost five-star rating and 326 reviews, one Amazon customer wrote: "This book puts healthy eating into a very current, contemporary format which helps us to sift out the fad diets from the reality of solid laboratory research. We all already know what foods are best for us but this helped me organize everything into a useable plan. Yes, it involves some supplements and buying of seeds, etc. but it is truly manageable."
Brain Maker by David Perlmutter
There has been significant research on the benefits of gut health and its role in healing and protecting your brain, but Brain Maker takes it even further. As another New York Times bestseller and number one bestseller for Amazon in the Alzheimer's category, this book by Dr. David Perlmutter—a board-certified neurologist—explains the crucial relationship between intestinal microbes and the brain, how our unhealthy lifestyle choices make it sick, and what we can do to bring our gut back to health.
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 four-and-a-half star rating and 450 customer reviews, it's safe to say Perlmutter has launched a medical revolution.
Practicing physician and Amazon customer, Leo Galland has this to say: "I am so impressed by this book. I've been working with human gut microbes for over thirty years. Their effects on brain health are especially important. Only David Perlmutter could make this complex field clear and understandable for non-scientists and provide valid, actionable steps that people can take to improve mental and neurologic health by enhancing the beneficial effects of gut microbes. Brain Maker is an amazing accomplishment."
The Oz Family Kitchen by Lisa and Mehmet Oz
Trying to eat well but tired of living on a diet of broccoli and bean sprouts? Just stop right there. While it might seem like you’re doing the right thing, this kind of nutrient consumption is miserable, and a huge part of the healing power of food is in the joy of eating it. Lisa Oz and her husband, Mehmet Oz, M.D., from The Dr. Oz Show, bring the fun back into the kitchen with their simple and delicious real-food recipes, along with practical knowledge and advice to help you understand the power of food, and its ability to heal.
This household essential is a number one bestseller on Amazon for a reason. From pastas to soups, sandwiches, smoothies and desserts, there's a meal to suit everyone's taste. Amazon customer Michael agrees: "This is an awesome book. What a treat to get a glimpse inside the Oz kitchen, and to see what they are really eating. It's nice to know that they aren't all that different than the rest of us. The recipes are a great melding of cultural cuisines with a modern healthy twist. There aren't too many ingredients and most things don't take too much planning."
How Not to Diet by Michael Greger
In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling book How Not to Die, author and NutritionFacts.org founder Dr. Michael Greger focuses on the leading causes of obesity as well as the best remedies. How Not to Diet outlines the top 21 weight-loss accelerators, such as the insulin index, calorie density, and the effect of certain foods on the gut microbiome, to look beyond the latest trends in dieting through the lens of the latest ground-breaking scientific discoveries.
Following its release, the book has already garnered a nearly five-star rating from 110 readers. Dr. Greger has attracted devotees not just for his expertise, but for his generosity: The author donates all of his book royalties and lecture fees to charity.
Amazon reader R. Cronise raves: "Could we possibly need another diet book? Probably not if this had come out decades ago. This is the book to have handy on your shelf or kindle when you stumble upon some random diet claim on social media. Dr. Greger has an uncanny ability to make the complex simple and understandable... Covering a wide range of the latest science from 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 readers should be "realistic" before embarking on this low-sugar, low-starch diet developed by certified sports nutritionists Dallas Hartwig (who's also a licensed physical therapist who specializes in treating hormonal, digestive, and metabolic health issues) and Melissa Hartwig Urban.
With a nearly five star rating and over 4,100 reviews, The Whole30 has earned fans including two-time Olympic skier Eva Twardokens and several Paleo diet proponents. The guidelines for the 30-day program prohibit the consumption of alcohol, real and artificial sugar, sweeteners, grains, pseudo-cereals, legumes (such as black, red, pinto, kidney, and lima beans, to name a few), peanuts, soy, dairy, and processed food ingredients (like sulfites, MSG, and carrageenan). That means foods like pizza, pancakes, biscuits, ice cream, French fries, and most baked goods are all off the table.
One Amazon reader explains: "This will be more challenging if your culinary experience is limited. A lot of people complain about the difficulty of the recipes. The fact is that if you can make eggs and broil or barbecue meat, or even if you can turn on an oven and toss a salad, you will be fine."
The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers
With nearly 750 five-star reviews, The Autoimmune Solution has earned rave reviews from doctors, nutrition experts, and wellness-seeking readers for author Dr. Amy Myers' easy-to-follow program for healing inflammatory-related diseases and symptoms.
From addressing chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease to issues like allergies, lupus, runny noses, rashes, and fibromyalgia (to name a few), Dr. Myers' book "revolutionizes the way we understand and treat autoimmunity and I am thrilled to be able to recommend it to my patients," says author Dr. Mark Hyman.
Amazon reader Angela M. explains that she began following the book's program after suffering Grave's Disease, acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, and other issues being treated with a cocktail of medications. "I drastically reduced dairy and gluten and immediately began to sleep better. In fact, it was better sleep than I've gotten in as long as I can remember with two years of Fitbit sleep logs to back it up."
The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean
Medical and naturopathic doctor Carolyn Dean offers a comprehensive guide to the essential mineral in the second edition of The Magnesium Miracle, which has earned a nearly five-star rating from over 220 reviewers. The author explains the latest findings in magnesium's ability to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease; why diets such as green juice, raw food, and paleo programs often lead to magnesium deficiency; and how the nutrient can aid in treating asthma, diabetes, depression, stroke, osteoporosis, and other ailments.
Amazon reader Julia M. writes that "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 best-selling author Anthony William may be best known as the celebrity-beloved "Medical Medium" who kickstarted the celery juice movement. (Gwyneth Paltrow, Pharrell, and Naomi Campbell are just a few of his starry fans alongside no shortage of medical experts.) In Liver Rescue, he explores how to treat symptoms and conditions ranging from psoriasis and diabetes to acne and autoimmune diseases by taking care of the largest gland and solid organ in our body.
Boasting over 2,400 reviews and a near-five-star rating, the book 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.
One U.K.-based Amazon customer, Kier C., explained that they were forced to drop out of their last year at university due to Irritable Bowel and Chronic Fatigue Syndromes. "I was housebound for two years... [and] spent thousands of pounds on multiple healing modalities... I've been following the 'Liver Rescue Morning' principles for a week and can honestly say I've seen the biggest improvement in my brain fog, general fatigue, constipation (almost gone) and overall mood since I can remember."
Hashimoto's Protocol by Izabella Wentz
After getting diagnosed with Hashimoto's at the age of 27, New York Times best-selling author and pharmacist Dr. Izabella Wentz set out on a mission to help others who suffer from the autoimmune disease, which affects thyroid glands and causes the body to attack its own cells. Synthetic hormones are often prescribed to treat symptoms such as hair loss, brain fog, acid reflux, chronic cough and pain, and other issues, and 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 1,100 ratings and earned nearly five stars from faithful followers of Wentz's detox plan. One Amazon reader, Stephenny, 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. I literally sleep better, my skin is better, my moods are better, I don't have anxiety and heart palpitations anymore. My stomach isn't bloated anymore [and] no more PMS. The most significant [change] was how braindead and foggy I felt, and depressed. I was ready to see a psychiatrist and start medication again if this didn't work. And it has. It was worth a few hundred bucks in supplements and eliminating some foods."
Another reviewer had this to say: "You need to be prepared to overhaul your diet, lifestyle and take a few supplements, some of which aren’t the cheapest. However, it’s a long term process to actually put Hashimoto’s into remission rather than just chugging along while it’s quietly (or not so quietly if you’re suffering) destroying your thyroid in the background."
The Wahls Protocol
If you or someone close to you suffers from multiple sclerosis, then you may already be familiar with Dr. Terry Wahls, whose "Minding Your Mitochondria" TEDx talk on her recovery from the debilitating disease went viral. The author and physician studied the most up-to-date research on brain biology and autoimmune diseases and swapped her supplements and prescription medication for a paleo diet, then shared her life-changing results in her book, The Wahls Protocol.
Earning a near-five-star rating and almost 1,600 reviews on Amazon, the book reveals how Dr. Wahls regained control over her life, reversed the symptoms of MS, and went from requiring a wheelchair to biking 18 miles in one day. Fellow MD and best-selling author, 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."
Amazon customer Rob A. swore that following Dr. Wahls' guidelines for a year changed not only his life, but his loved ones' lives as well. He wrote that his wife "claims to feel more energetic, which is probably due to the more balanced diet and deeper sleep," while his mother states that "this is the first time she has gone ten days straight with no headaches in decades. As for the reviewer himself, "my last [MS] relapse was over a year ago, I can now bike for 45 minutes and totally withstand heat sensitivity, I can swim for as long as I want to, I walked over 120,000 steps in a week... I'm sleeping like a baby, and, MOST IMPORTANT: I stopped my MS medication two weeks ago (under my neurologist's supervision of course."
The Blue Zone by Dan Buettner
When it comes to living a longer, healthier life, who better to take advice from than National Geographic adventurer and longevity expert Dan Buettner? In The Blue Zones, the writer explores why certain communities around the globe have a disproportionate number of people who live to the age of 100 or older, examining everything from their diet and outlook to their spirituality and how they deal with stress and more.
He reveals even more secrets to living a fulfilling and empowered life in his best-selling book's second edition, and it's earned over 500 ratings and almost five stars from happy Amazon customers as a result. 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.
Author Dr. Ali Binazir wrote in his review: "Having gone to medical school and read the New York Times Magazine article, I thought I knew what was in the book and thus postponed reading it. That was a mistake. Buettner and team are incredibly thorough in their approach, uncovering details about living a good life that casual observation would miss. And they back every one of their conclusions with as much data as they can." Another satified reader, Donald G., explained that he's living proof of the principles outlined in the book: "I am a 90-year-old pharmacist and nutritionist who believes the Blue Zones book has an immense amount of wisdom... Most health and longevity books are preaching a singular route to health whereas [this one] shows how several factors must be considered and rates them as importance. These people did it and it is simple."
Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalene Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
Four-time Olympian and marathoner Shalene Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky teamed up for this New York Times best-selling cookbook that's packed with over 100 flavorful recipes, inspiring stories, and expert nutrition advice. 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 happen to be without flour and refined sugar.
The tome has earned a near-perfect five-star rating and over 600 reviews from bookworm runners, and it's clear why: The cookbook features nourishing and tasty recipes to keep runners of all levels fueled, and favorites include the superhero muffins, kale radicchio salad with farro, and the double chocolate teff cookies, to name a few.
One satisfied Amazon reader attested that the book is a must-have among runners. They wrote: "I bought this book when it was first published and started telling my running friends about it. A few of them bought the book... Then they started telling more of our running community about it. Now I feel like I know at least 20 people with this book. We even started a Run Fast. Eat Slow. cooking club! I love the kale farro salad, the beet smoothie, and the broccoli soup. However, that sweet potato cookie is the perfect thing to eat before a morning run. I'll eat one or two upon waking, then foam roll, and then I am primed for a good run!"