We start this month’s selection of health promoting titles with a series of little books that will help you understand some common health problems and offer some unconventional dietary advice to avoid or relieve their symptoms that are sure to please. Combined with investigations on inflammation and how to curb it, this month may see you finish healthier than you started.
Heart disease : eat your way to better health “In Heart Disease, Dale Pinnock peers inside the modern western kitchen storecupboard and shows what should be going into it with a comprehensive list of heart-healthy food. Vitally, he reveals what needs to be thrown out and never replaced… among them some startlingly common foods! Dale shows how easy it can be to incorporate powerful super-nutrients into your diet and what foods and supplements can provide them. Each recipe has a check-list showing the components it contains that are particularly heart-healthy. Start the day with a salmon and asparagus frittata, dine sumptuously on black olive and anchovy-stuffed chicken breast with sweet potato mash and finish it all off with pears poached in spiced red wine. If these seem miles away from a conventional heart-healthy diet, that is because Dale Pinnock believes much modern-day dietary advice is wrong. Learn his secrets for yourself and eat your way to better heart health.” (Syndetics summary)
Diabetes : eat your way to better health
“In this title, Dale Pinnock investigates the explosion in diabetes and attempts to find out why and what you can do about it. The title is intended to help relieve both type-1 and type-2 diabetes – using nutrition alongside conventional medicine – but, importantly, the author believes diet alone can heal type-2 diabetes. In the first half of the book, he unpicks the physiology and anatomy of diabetes, showing how the modern diet causes insulin resistance and – ultimately – type-2 diabetes. But his mission is to correct that and, in the second half of the book, he provides the delicious tools to do so. A chart of low-GI foods will help you to get ‘carb-smart’. Start the day with an avocado and cheddar omelette with spicy salsa, or enjoy a speedy chicken and lentil curry. Serve friends Tilapia fillets with pea, mint and feta mash and tomato salad, or even try a low-GI Cheesecake for pudding. Learn the author’s secrets for yourself and successfully eat your way to avoiding – or relieving – diabetes.” (Syndetics summary)
Anxiety & depression : eat your way to better health
“In this title, Dale Pinnock clearly explains how you can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression by changing the way you eat. He unpicks the physiology and anatomy of anxiety and depression to show how diet can beneficially affect the hormones that alter mood. And don’t think, in order to improve how you feel from day to day that you will be eating salad and tofu for ever. On the contrary, if starting your day with a toasted muffin with smoked salmon, spinach and hollandaise sounds good, then this is the diet for you. Or try a sinus- (and mind-) clearing salmon, avocado and wasabi wrap for lunch. A fabulous Thai-style seafood noodle soup or fish pie will also help you maintain a healthy mindset, while chocolate crunch pots will put a smile on your face as it also works to help relieve your symptoms.” (Syndetics summary)
The 30-second body : eat clean. train dirty. live hard
“Celebrity fitness expert and personal trainer Rosante is the first to admit that no one gets an amazing body just by reading his book. However, those who choose to follow his path will certainly get a running start. Eschewing fancy equipment and expensive dietary supplements in favor of old-fashioned sweat and commitment, Rosante patiently shares a litany of exercises (almost all of which can be performed at home) designed to tone and firm. The bulk of the book consists of clear photographs of simple exercises such as push-ups, planks, squats, and mountain climbers, presented with sample workout plans that add variety and can be geared to different fitness levels. ” (Syndetics)
The man who touched his own heart : true tales of science, surgery, and mystery
“The Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first “explorers” who dug up cadavers and plumbed their hearts’ chambers, through the first heart surgeries-which had to be completed in three minutes before death arrived-to heart transplants and the latest medical efforts to prolong our hearts’ lives, almost defying nature in the process. Thought of as the seat of our soul, then as a mysteriously animated object, the heart is still more a mystery than it is understood. Why do most animals only get one billion beats? (And how did modern humans get to over two billion-effectively letting us live out two lives?) Why are sufferers of gingivitis more likely to have heart attacks? Why do we often undergo expensive procedures when cheaper ones are just as effective? What do Da Vinci, Mary Shelley, and contemporary Egyptian archaeologists have in common? And what does it really feel like to touch your own heart, or to have someone else’s beating inside your chest? Rob Dunn’s fascinating history of our hearts brings us deep inside the science, history, and stories of the four chambers we depend on most.” (Syndetics summary)
Stop panic attacks in 10 easy steps : using functional medicine to calm your mind and body with drug-free techniques
This step-by-step guide to preventing panic attacks provides simple strategies for stopping a panic attack on the spot and overcoming them in the long-term. Sharing her personal and professional experience of panic and anxiety disorders, clinical psychologist Sandra Scheinbaum presents tried-and-tested methods, including new cutting-edge approaches based on functional medicine. You will learn how to: – Understand what panic attacks are and recognise symptoms – Trust your body’s own calming methods to control panic without the need for medication – Find your abdominal breath and relaxed breathing patterns – Let go of clenching and muscle tension through relaxation exercises and postural awareness – Use positive mental imagery and avoid irrational thinking – Find deep belly laughter, even in the midst of a panic episode – Eat well with calming foods and advice on supplements. The ten easy steps in this book will help you control your fight or flight response and overcome panic attacks naturally and permanently.
Natural remedies for inflammation
“A practical guide to natural relief from chronic inflammation, this book explores the use of 38 anti-inflammatory herbs, such as laurel, basil, turmeric, and devil’s claw, as well as other natural substances, examines which natural remedy is best for many common inflammation-related ailments, such as asthma, bronchitis, tendonitis, arthritis, and eczema and reveals the important role of omega-3s in defending the body against inflammation. From aspirin and ibuprofen to antihistamines and cortisone, anti-inflammatory drugs are now the top-selling pharmaceuticals in the world. But daily use of these powerful drugs comes with a price: side effects, many of which can lead to other chronic conditions and the further use of medications. In this practical guide to natural remedies for inflammation, naturopath Christopher Vasey explores 38 anti-inflammatory herbs, such as laurel, basil, turmeric, and devil’s claw, as well as other natural substances, such as propolis and fish oil. He explains which conditions each addresses most effectively, proper dosage, and the best methods of ingestion. Vasey explains how, like fever, inflammation is a defensive reaction of the body and also carries out a cleansing process, which natural remedies support but pharmaceuticals can destabilize by contributing more toxins to the internal terrain.”(Syndetics)
Lose the clutter, lose the weight : the six-week total-life slim down
“A recent study showed that people with cluttered homes were 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. Why? Organization pro Peter Walsh thinks it’s because you can’t make your best or the healthiest choices in a cluttered, messy, disorganized environment. But there’s good news: you can change your habits, change you health, and change your life–all in just 6 weeks. The book includes a room-by-room organizing guide, quizzes to create customizable plans, and testimonials from eight of the dozens of volunteers who followed this plan.”(Syndetics)
The elimination diet : discover the foods that are making you sick and tired–and feel better fast
“Could the toast you ate for breakfast bring on your afternoon headache? Could the milk in your coffee cause joint pain and brain fog? Could your healthy tofu stir-fry slow your metabolism? Yes-there is an age-old, powerful connection between what you eat and how you feel. Just as no two bodies are the same, no two diets work for everyone. The only way to discover your ideal diet is to follow an elimination diet that will help you link foods to symptoms and customize a diet that works for you. Known for their ability to radically improve overall health, elimination diets are growing in popularity. But there’s no definitive book that explains how to follow one safely and effectively-until now. Written by two authors who are revered in the alternative health market and functional medicine community, The Elimination Diet guides you through a proven three-phase program that detoxifies the body and promotes fast healing: Phase 1: Detoxification–A 2-day liquid fast that includes broths, smoothies, and juices to calm the immune system and removes toxins from the body. Phase 2: Elimination–For 2 weeks, you will eliminate potentially inflammatory foods from your diet, which will ease symptoms quickly. Phase 3: Customization–For 2 months, you will test different foods to see what works for you and what doesn’t, resulting in a tailored diet you can enjoy for life. Complete with over 100 delicious recipes, shopping lists, and meal plans, The Elimination Diet is a complete resource for you to improve your health and feel better, naturally.” (Syndetics summary)
Happy-go-yoga : simple poses to relieve pain, reduce stress, and add joy / Christine Chen ; illustrations by Cody Shipman.
Yoga isn’t about becoming a human pretzel, being vegan or wearing trendy workout clothes to a green juice bar. It’s a way of creating healthy habits to live a life of less suffering and more peace and happiness. But we can’t always get to a yoga class. In this book, Christine Chen presents a fun and easy way to make yoga a part of our everyday lives to transform discomfort and chaos into bits of happiness, health and focus, no matter your fitness level, yoga experience, age or gender.” (Book cover)