Remember to breathe – New Health books in September

When life throws at us its daily challenges, plus the bigger issues such as climate change and other worldly woes, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, retreating to comfort eating and anxiety. This month’s books will equip you will knowledge and strategies to make the most of life, no matter what.

Syndetics book coverThe right bite : smart food choices for eating on the go
“It’s easy to follow a healthy diet when you’re in control of your shopping list, but as soon as you step out the front door it gets complicated. Walk into any coffee shop, bar, or cinema, and making the right decision becomes a challenge. The right bite is here to help, with accessible, practical advice for all those everyday occassions, you can make the smart choice even when healthy options are limited. Each chapter focuses on a different eating environment – from breakfast on the go to a family barbecue.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBreathe : simple breathing techniques for a calmer, happier life
“Breathing is essential to life and we do automatically, naturally but it is also something we can consciously control. However, most of us spend our lives breathing the wrong way and not harnessing the true power of our breath. This book will teach you some of the simplest methods to increase awareness, mindfulness and help you regain mental and physical focus. Breath training has been essential to the practice of yoga for years and has become the new must-do exercise in wellness circles. With these easy-to-follow techniques and inspirational quotes improve the way you breathe and open yourself up to feelings of renewed energy, sense of calmness and clarity of the mind.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen breath becomes air
“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPandemic : tracking contagions, from cholera to ebola and beyond
“From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera-one of history’s most disruptive and deadly pathogens-and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like-and what we can do to prevent it.” (Syndetics)

infectiousInfectious : a doctor’s eye-opening insights into infectious diseases
“A woman’s innocuous cold symptoms mask a debilitating rare tick infection. A young man develops shingles, then suffers blinding head pain later in life. After years of frustration, a family eradicates head lice forever. Leading infectious diseases specialist Frank Bowden sheds light the everyday illnesses that affect most of us (colds, sore throats), and the more serious issues that keep us awake at night (antibiotic resistance, Ebola).” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCracking the aging code : the new science of growing old– and what it means for staying young
“A revolutionary examination of why we age, what it means for our health, and how we just might be able to fight it. This book makes the case that aging is not something that “just happens”. Rather, aging has a fascinating evolutionary purpose: to stabilize populations and ecosystems, which are ever-threatened by cyclic swings that can lead to extinction. When a population grows too fast it can put itself at risk of a wholesale wipeout. Aging has evolved to help us adjust our growth in a sustainable fashion as well as prevent an ecological crisis from starvation, predation, pollution, or infection.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSleep : 50 mindfulness and relaxation exercises for a restful night
“Everyone wants to be able to switch off at the end of a busy day and sleep well, but few of us manage it. The truth is that we are just not equipped for the twenty-first century – it is too fast, too crowded, too 24/7. And the more stressed we become, the harder it is to relax and give our bodies the sleep they need.  This book of effective mindfulness, EBT and CBT exercises can aid you in getting to sleep, staying asleep – as well as feeling refreshed wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Designed as a tool to keep close by, and to turn at any point in a busy day.” (Syndetics)

anxietyAnxiety for beginners : a personal investigation
Anxiety for Beginners offers a vivid insight into the crippling impact of anxiety disorder, a condition that is often invisible and frequently misunderstood. Eleanor Morgan’s first-person account of her own struggles with anxiety was published as part of ‘The Vice Guide to Mental Health’ and was read by five million people within four days. Combining her own experiences  with extensive research with experts Morgan explores not just the roots of her own anxiety, but also investigates what might be contributing to so many of us suffering around the world. Anxiety for Beginners is, at its heart, a book about acceptance.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWoman : an intimate geography 
“With the clarity, insight, and sheer joy of language that has secured her reputation as one of the New York Times’ premier stylists, Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body, exploring the essence of what it means to be a woman. Angier’s thoughts on everything from organs to orgasm evince her famously playful originality, yet stand their ground in scientific fact. She also dives into hot topics such as menopause and evolutionary psychologists’ views of “female nature,” creating a sparkling, fresh vision of womanhood.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe obesity code : unlocking the secrets of weight loss
“Flying in the face of the weight-loss recommendations that have failed in the past, this book reveals that obesity is a hormonal, not a caloric imbalance. As he explores the latest in nutritional science, Dr. Fung provides practical, effective advice on weight loss and the treatment of Type 2 diabetes based on sound scientific principles.” (Syndetics)