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The best new books on Health, Diet & Exercise.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

With two appearances on CBS This Morning and Fresh Air’s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remains more elusive.

Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.

In this “compelling and utterly convincing” (The Sunday Times) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.

Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is “recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense” (The New York Times Book Review).

No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear)

It’s hard to give up on the feeling that the life you really want is just out of reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner. A promotion on the horizon. Everyone wants to believe that they are headed toward good, better, best. But what happens when the life you hoped for is put on hold indefinitely?

Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered, at age 35, that her body was wracked with cancer. In No Cure for Being Human, she searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of today’s “best life now” advice industry, which insists on exhausting positivity and on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness. We are, she finds, as fragile as the day we were born.

With dry wit and unflinching honesty, Kate Bowler grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith as she tries to come to terms with her limitations in a culture that says anything is possible. She finds that we need one another if we’re going to tell the truth: Life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between—and there’s no cure for being human.

Come As You Are: Revised and Updated: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life

For much of the 20th and 21st centuries, women’s sexuality was an uncharted territory in science, studied far less frequently—and far less seriously—than its male counterpart.

That is, until Emily Nagoski’s Come As You Are, which used groundbreaking science and research to prove that the most important factor in creating and sustaining a sex life filled with confidence and joy is not what the parts are or how they’re organized but how you feel about them. In the years since the book’s initial publication, countless women have learned through Nagoski’s accessible and informative guide that things like stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman’s sexual wellbeing; they are central to it—and that even if you don’t always feel like it, you are already sexually whole by just being yourself. This revised and updated edition continues that mission with new information and advanced research, demystifying and decoding the science of sex so that everyone can create a better sex life and discover more pleasure than you ever thought possible.

E.R. Nurses: True Stories from America’s Greatest Unsung Heroes

Around the clock, across the country, these highly skilled and compassionate men and women sacrifice and struggle for us and our families.

You have never heard their true stories. Not like this. From big-city and small-town hospitals. From behind the scenes. From the heart.

This book will make you laugh, make you cry, make you understand.

When we’re at our worst, E.R. nurses are at their best.

Women, Food, and Hormones: A 4-Week Plan to Achieve Hormonal Balance, Lose Weight, and Feel Like Yourself Again

Most diet plans were created by men for men, but women’s bodies don’t work the same way. Popular programs can actually make it harder for women to lose weight, because they can wreak havoc on a woman’s complex and delicate hormonal system. New York Times best-selling author Dr. Sara Gottfried has spent her career demystifying hormones and helping patients improve their health more broadly with personalized medicine. In Women, Food, and Hormones, Dr. Gottfried presents a groundbreaking new plan that helps women balance their hormones so they can lose excess weight and feel better. Featuring hormonal detoxification combined with a ketogenic diet that is tailor-made for women, coupled with an intermittent fasting protocol and over 50 delicious and filling recipes, this book shares a fat-burning solution that gets results.

This Is Your Mind on Plants

Of all the things humans rely on plants for—sustenance, beauty, medicine, fragrance, flavor, fiber—surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Take coffee and tea: People around the world rely on caffeine to sharpen their minds. But we do not usually think of caffeine as a drug, or our daily use as an addiction, because it is legal and socially acceptable. So, then, what is a “drug”? And why, for example, is making tea from the leaves of a tea plant acceptable, but making tea from a seed head of an opium poppy a federal crime?

In This Is Your Mind on Plants, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs—opium, caffeine, and mescaline—and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs while consuming (or, in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then why do we fence that universal desire with laws and customs and fraught feelings?

In this unique blend of history, science, and memoir, as well as participatory journalism, Pollan examines and experiences these plants from several very different angles and contexts, and shines a fresh light on a subject that is al

The Energy Paradox: What to Do When Your Get-Up-and-Go Has Got Up and Gone (The Plant Paradox, 6)

In his bestselling books, The Plant Paradox and The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Steven R. Gundry offered game-changing perspectives on our wellbeing. In The Energy Paradox, Dr. Gundry expands upon his previous discussions of gut, microbiome, and mitochondrial health, linking immune malfunction to the mental and physical symptoms of fatigue—including exhaustion, brain fog, depression, anxiety, and low metabolism.

As Dr. Gundry explains, feeling tired, moody, and zapped of energy is not normal, no matter your workload or age. Fatigue is an SOS flare from the body, one that is intended to alert us that something is wrong. In his clinical work, Dr. Gundry has found that his patients who complain of feeling sick and tired all the time almost always have something in common: the inflammation markers of a leaky gut.

In The Energy Paradox, Dr. Gundry will offer readers the information and tools necessary to quiet the autoimmune battle raging within—a battle that depletes precious energy reserves, leaving you drained and prone to mood disorders and weight gain. With new guidelines on how to increase mitochondrial energy production and nourish the microbiome; 30 new Plant Paradox-approved recipes; and lists of energy-boosting foods to consume and energy-depleting foods to avoid, The Energy Paradox will help readers take back their lives, giving them the energy they need to feel, look, and be their best.

Counteract the Fat: Discover how Fiber and Antioxidants can Counteract the Physiological Effects of Junk Foods – a diet, nutrition and health book

Many of us love junk foods. What we don’t love are the medical conditions and weight gain that they are associated with. Research findings indicate that fiber and antioxidants can counteract the physiological effects of junk foods. This does not mean that we can eat as much fat as we want to. What it does mean is GREATER FREEDOM IN MAKING FOOD CHOICES! Counteract the Fat is a compilation of these research findings, providing cutting edge information on how fiber and antioxidants can help prevent medical conditions and weight gain associated with high-fat and other unhealthy great-tasting foods. The discussed Counteract the Fat concepts include:

☤ High-fat foods produce cholesterol-related acids that can clog arteries and raise cholesterol levels – opening the door to heart disease. Fiber counteracts that effect by nabbing cholesterol-related acids and removing them from our bodies, thus promoting healthy cholesterol levels and reducing our risk of heart disease.

☤ The excess calories in high-fat foods are absorbed by our bodies and stored as fat, which causes us to gain weight – opening the door to obesity. Fiber counteracts that effect by nabbing calories before they can be absorbed and stored as fat, thus making it harder for us to gain weight and reducing our risk of obesity.

☤ High-fat foods increase our exposure to “free radicals,” which attack and damage healthy human cells – opening the door to cancer, heart disease and many other conditions. Antioxidants counteract that effect by neutralizing free radicals, thus preventing and reversing cellular damage and reducing our risk of cancer, heart disease and many other conditions.

☤ The excess calories in high-fat foods can cause us to gain weight – opening the door to obesity. Antioxidants counteract that effect by giving our bodies the energy needed to burn fat more efficiently, thus making it harder for us to gain weight and reducing our risk of obesity.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body–how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

The 5 Most Common Myths That Stop People From Trying The Keto Diet (Health 01)

Let’s face it, there are lots of misconceptions out there about the keto diet. People haven’t done their research. People relied too easily upon and what their friends tell them. In fact, too many individuals, who would otherwise benefit from this amazing diet, let Facebook comments and link shares discourage them.
This really is too bad, because if they only knew, they probably would benefit quite a bit from the keto diet. What benefits?

Give It Your All

“Give It Your All”, is a 90-days Fat to Fit Transformation Guide, for people who are looking to target that extra bit of body fat. The book has an excellent combination of supreme quality meal plan, workout pattern, and supplement section to help you escalate in the process and achieve your goals. The book is best for the beginners, but can also be used by the intermediate and advanced gym-goers. Instead of beating around the bush, the concepts dealt are very straightforward and accurate, this makes the book a perfect option for becoming a fat loss guide, with non-lengthy context but adequate information.

Avascular necrosis of femoral head & meyers procedure – a detailed review and our experiance

Avascular necrosis is one of the debilitating disease in young people of 20 to 45 yrs of age in this fast growing world..it severly affects people’s ability to do routine activities like walking running & cross seating. Avascular necrosis is not easily diagnosed in early stages as radiographs do not show early changes.thats why it became so important to diagnose and treat as early as possible.This book describes in detail about avascular necrosis of femoral head including clinical features .how to diagnose & treat.As it is disease of a young population ,head preserving surgeries should be the 1st aim.we have operated many cases of avascular necrosis of femoral head by Meyers technique of muscle pedicle grafting at our hospital and found that it is sucessful in most cases with preserving and even improving femoral head blood suppy and prevent collapse. Our many pts didnt need replacement for upto 10 15 yrs.So We have came with an idea to share our experiance and procedure of meyers grafting to everyone. As a last bencher we have tried to explain in easy way for understanding to student like us. Hope this book will help you in understanding avascular necrosis of femoral head and to apply in orthopaedic practise.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller

Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind

Why do we keep getting the same jobs, taking on the same relationships, and finding ourselves in the same emotional traps?
Dr. Joe Dispenza not only teaches why people tend to repeat the same negative behaviors, he shows how readers can release themselves from these patterns of disappointment.

With the dynamic combination of science and accessible how-to, Dispenza teaches how to use the most important tool in ones body and life—the brain. Featured in the underground smash hit of 2004, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?,” Dispenza touched upon the brain’s ability to become addicted to negative emotions. Now, in his empowering book Evolve Your Brain he explains how new thinking and new beliefs can literally rewire one’s brain to change behavior, emotional reactions, and habit forming patterns.

Most people are unaware of how addicted they are to their emotions, and how the brain perpetuates those addictions automatically. In short, we become slaves to our emotional addictions without even realizing it. By observing our patterns of thought, and learning how to ‘re-wire the brain’ with new thought patterns, we can break the cycles that keep us trapped and open ourselves to new possibilities for growth, happiness and emotional satisfaction.

Key Features
A radical approach to changing addictive patterns and bad habits.
Based on more than twenty years of research.
Bridges the gap between science, spirituality and self-help—a formula that has proven success.
Easy to understand and written for the average reader.

DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

This book talks about one of the mental health illnesses and leading causes of death in the United States. Over 43,000 Americans die from suicide every year. Some people who are depressed, some people think of suicide, and some people attempt suicide. Depression and suicide are not limited to a particular race or age. Children, adolescents, young adults, mid-lifers, boys, girls all get affected because no one is immune. This book brings a fresh approach to tackling the challenge of depression and suicide in society.

This book is divided into two parts. The first part, chapters one to five, focuses on depression and suicide.

Chapter one talks about depression. It gives a basic introduction, identifying the symptoms of depression, knowing the causes of depression and the types of depression that exist.
Chapter two talks about why people choose suicide, the causes of suicide and the different views of people and how they think of suicide.

Chapter three looks into the way out. It talks about how people can help those who are depressed or suicidal, the myths about suicide and what everyone who is suicidal should know.
Chapter four looks into the medical view on depression and suicide. It looks at the types of treatment available, antidepressants medication and the research carried out on it, and therapy.
Chapter five is a detailed description of the author’s view of depression and suicide. It looks into the many perspectives of the causes of depression, imagination, the truth, mistakes people make, the spiritualists angle to suicide versus the author’s view and a fresh approach into suicide.

The second part of this book, chapters six to eight, focuses on the mind.

Chapter six talks about the power of imagination. It looks into how to make your imagination work for you, the power of positive and negative thinking and the dos and don’ts of your imagination.
Chapter seven talks about journaling to help the mind. It talks about effective journaling, how journaling can be used to relieve depression, benefits of journaling, using journaling to answer some specific questions, describing your experiences through journaling and when to write.

Chapter eight talks about gratitude. It talks about the lessons learned from gratitude and how gratitude can lighten depression.
In Chapter nine, the writer gives his conclusion.

She Does Keto: The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Women

Everything a woman needs to go keto

The not-so-secret secret is out: women and men metabolize fat differently—and it makes a big difference when it comes to following a ketogenic diet. That’s where She Does Keto comes in.

Written just for women, this ketogenic diet cookbook targets your body’s unique physiological and nutritional needs. From ensuring you get enough healthy fats to exploring how keto can assist with common health concerns (like PCOS and endometriosis), this book helps you get the most out of the ketogenic diet and feel fit and fabulous.

She Does Keto: The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Women includes:

UNIQUELY DESIGNED FOR WOMEN—Sample 115 delicious recipes tailored to meet women’s nutritional requirements.
HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER—Learn how keto can help with health problems specific to the female body.
KETO MADE EASY—A 21-day meal plan—including shopping lists—makes going keto simple and sustainable.

Don’t settle for one size fits all—She Does Keto is a ketogenic diet plan and cookbook made just for you.

Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise

Should you avoid red meat and eat only carbs, or avoid carbs and focus on healthy fats? Will 500 crunches a day turn that belly fat into a “six pack”, or should you stick to cardio three times a week? Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise presents the latest scientific research about changing your body composition, along with diet and exercise recommendations in incremental steps that men and women of all ages and fitness levels can follow. From the macro to the molecular, this course takes a science-based view to debunk common weight-loss misconceptions and help you understand your own body better than you ever have.

Led by Professor Michael Ormsbee, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine, you will gain access to cutting-edge research that demonstrates what does – and doesn’t – work. The lessons presented in this course can change your life by helping you to feel better, perform better, and be healthier now and into your older years.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide to Evading Relationships That Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power

Highly sensitive people —or empaths —see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of “vampires” who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level —physical, emotional, and financial.

In Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research in this exciting new field, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy. You’ll delve into the dynamics of vampire-empath relationships and discover how vampires use others’ energy to fuel their own dysfunctional lives. Once you recognize the patterns of behavior that mark these relationships, you’ll be empowered to identify the vampires in your life too.

In these pages, Dr. Northrup opens up a toolbox full of techniques you can use to leave these harmful relationships behind; heal from the darkness they’ve cast over your mind, body, and spirit; and let your own light shine. In the end, you may find yourself healthier, happier, wealthier, and more vibrant than you ever believed possible.

Eat, Move, Think: The Path to a Healthier, Stronger, Happier You

Eat, Move, Think is the essential guide to living a longer, more active, and more fulfilled life—full of answers to your most pressing health and wellness questions.

Doctors everywhere have the same goal: healthier and happier lives for their patients. And yet, no two medical professionals give the same advice. How much coffee is too much? What’s better for your fitness: cardio or weights? What is mindfulness, and how can you practice it?

Finally, there are answers to all of those questions and more. Eat, Move, Think breaks down the fundamentals of living a long and healthy life into three sections: nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. Francis addresses the questions that we all grapple with: How much meat should I eat? Is it okay to sit all day if I work out afterwards? How does sleep affect my mental health? Drawing upon the expert advice of world-renowned doctors and medical professionals, this book captures the innovative strategies of the world’s highest performers—Navy SEALs, cutting-edge researchers, professional athletes—in one handy illustrated guide to everyday healthy living.

Honest, straightforward, and accessible, Eat, Move, Think will empower and educate you, showing you the simple, achievable steps you can take to transform your health and your life.

Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That’s the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people’s personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives.

Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why. Throughout his illuminating lectures, five important personality traits come into focus, traits that form the foundation of how psychologists approach the topic of personality: extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness.

Combining psychology with neuroscience and behavioral genetics, this exploration will open your eyes to the myriad ways our traits, motives, emotions, beliefs, and values are shaped by things like our genes, environment, experiences, and evolutionary history. Why is it so hard to change our behavior? Why do people develop different values and morals? Does personality change as we age? Is personality passed down through genes?

Designed as a fascinating, accessible scientific inquiry, these lectures will have you thinking about personality in a way that enriches your understanding of the complex psychological processes that make you who you are.

Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease

The #1 New York Times best-selling author and beloved healing authority reveals how taking your liver off overload can help resolve a wide range of symptoms and conditions–and transform your health in ways you’ve never imagined.

What if you could focus on one aspect of your well-being to transform all the others–and at the same time prevent health problems you didn’t even know were lurking beneath the surface?

In today’s world, we have no idea how many symptoms, conditions, and diseases are rooted in an overloaded liver. It’s not only about liver cancer, cirrhosis, and hepatitis. Nearly every challenge–from pesky general health complaints to digestive issues to emotional struggles to weight gain to high blood pressure to heart problems to brain fog to skin conditions to autoimmune and other chronic illnesses–has an origin in an overloaded liver and can improve and heal when you harness the force of this humble organ.

Medical Medium Liver Rescue offers the answers you should have had all along. With his signature compassion, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, shares unparalleled insights into undiscovered functions of our life-saving livers, explains what’s behind dozens of health issues that hold us back, and offers detailed guidance on how to move forward so we can live our best lives. Find out for yourself what liver rescue is all about: being clearer-headed, more peaceful, happier, and better able to adapt to our fast-changing times. Learn how to sleep well, balance blood sugar, lower blood pressure, lose weight, and look and feel younger. A healthy liver is the ultimate de-stressor, anti-aging ally, and safeguard against a threatening world–if we give it the right support.

Eat the Yolks: Discover Paleo, fight food lies, and reclaim your health

Worry about cholesterol. Avoid red meat. Eat whole grains. Could it all be a lie?

We live in an era of health hype and nutrition propaganda, and we’re suffering for it. Decades of avoiding egg yolks, choosing margarine over butter, and replacing the real foods of our ancestors with low-fat, processed, packaged substitutes have left us with an obesity epidemic, ever-rising rates of chronic disease, and, above all, total confusion about what to eat and why. This is a tragedy of misinformation, food industry shenanigans, and cheap calories disguised as health food. It turns out that everything we’ve been told about how to eat is wrong. Fat and cholesterol are harmful to your health? Nope–they are crucial to your health. “Whole grains” are health food? Not even close. Counting calories is the way to lose weight? Not gonna work–nutrients are what matter. Nutrition can come from a box, bag, or capsule? Don’t count on it! In “Eat the Yolks”, Liz Wolfe debunks all these myths and more, revealing what’s behind the lies and bringing the truth about fat, cholesterol, protein, and carbs to light. You’ll be amazed at the tall tales we’ve been told in the name of “healthy eating.” With wit and grace, Wolfe makes a compelling argument for a diet based on Paleo foods. She takes us back to the foods of our ancestors, combining the lessons of history with those of modern science to uncover why real, whole food–the kind humans ate for thousands of years before modern nutrition dogma led us astray–holds the key to amazing health and happy taste buds. In “Eat the Yolks”, Liz Wolfe doesn’t just make a case for eating the whole egg. She uncovers the shocking lies we’ve been told about fat, cholesterol, protein, carbs, and calories and brings us the truth about which foods are healthy–and which foods are really harming us. You’ll learn truths like: — fat and cholesterol are crucial, not harmful… and why — “whole grains” are processed foods… and what to eat instead — counting calories is a waste of energy… and what we actually should be tracking — all animal products are not created equal… and which ones we truly need — nutrition doesn’t come in a box, bag, or capsule… and why there’s no substitute for real food!