These 3 Health Books Could Change Your Life

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The Top 3 Books to read in 2019 On Public Speaking, Nutrition And Stress-Relief

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Charles W. Eliot


We’ve chosen 3 of the best books in the business to change the way you think, feel and act. These 3 self-help/self-improvement/self-liberating books will provide you with the advice you need to push the boundaries of your thinking further. These must-read books provide the reader with stress-relief tips, public speaking hacks and nutritional advice that can make you healthier and happier. Each of these best-selling books are super-simple to digest and enjoyable to read.

When choosing the best brain and body development books we focused on the following areas:

Public Speaking

Stress-Relief

Nutrition

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”

― Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

Let’s begin with Public Speaking.

The Best Book On Public Speaking

A man is speaking in public. This article offers public speaking tips and speech advice.

Ted Talks, The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson

Who is Chris Anderson? He’s TED Talks president and head curator. Having launched more than 100 great magazines and websites Chris decided to acquire TED. What is TED Talks? Its mantra is “Ideas worth spreading” and these ideas on health, lifestyle and thinking are shared via live talks, YouTube videos, books and podcasts by experts, scientists and those who want to share their thoughts.

You may be thinking, “Hold on, a whole book dedicated to public speaking?! That’s pretty intense.” And we admit that we thought the same, until we read it and realised Chris Anderson goes beyond the obvious public speaking tips and explores topics such as the following:

  • Presentation skills
  • Talking styles to avoid
  • Building a connection with your audience
  • How to tell a captivating story
  • Explaining tough concepts
  • To memorise or not to memorise?
  • And even what you should wear

Anderson offers tools so you can improve your public speaking style and ultimately gain confidence in your own abilities. He also backs up his theories with real life examples of successful speakers and speeches throughout the book. Anderson describes how to successfully explain a tough concept to your audience by referring to particular talks he’s heard such as Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert’s. Gilbert came to give a talk on “Synthesised Happiness” to the Ted Talks head office. Anderson describes the importance of opening a speech with something thought-provoking and captivating. And the example of Gilbert’s captivating opener is oh so useful:

“When you have 21 minutes to speak, two million years seems like a really long time. But evolutionarily, two million years is nothing. And yet in two million years, the brain has nearly tripled in mass, going from the one-and-a-quarter-pound brain of our ancestors here, [Homo] habilis, to the almost three-pound meatloaf that everybody here has between their ears. What is it about a big brain that nature was so eager for every one of us to have one?”

How easy he’s made something so complex sound. Comprehendible examples and hints like these are what separate Anderson’s book from other public speaking tip books. So, grab The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking today and learn how to give great confidence-boosting public speeches and presentations for the rest of your life.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

― Groucho Marx

The Best Book On Stress Relief

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The Stress-Proof Brain by Melanie Greenberg, PhD

Dr Greenberg is a psychologist and writes for Psychology Today. Her book nicely titled The Stress-Proof Brain focuses on mastering your emotional response to stressors by tapping into neuroplasticity and mindfulness techniques. This combination of science-backed cognitive research and holistic therapies helps to make this stress-busting book reliable and inspirational. It’s the perfect stress-buster and helps you to reach a pretty stress-free and more relaxed life.

Dr Greenberg delves deeply into what’s causing your stress levels to fluctuate and the effects stress has on your cognitive and physical health. She also explores the following:

  • How to identify stress
  • How your brain responds to stress
  • How to cope with and gain control over your stress levels
  • How you can move forward with your prefrontal cortex
  • How to alter your mindset when you face stress

Throughout the book Greenberg offers doable tips to master your response to stress. For example when explaining the damage of catastrophizing a situation, (which means to magnify a situation and treat it as a life-ending event) Greenberg writes about the ways you can easily stop catastrophizing with science-backed justification:

“In this practice, which is used in cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety, you’ll learn to calm your amygdala using cognitive strategies from your prefrontal cortex and the (logical, verbal) left side of your brain.”

What’s an amygdala? We hear you ask… An amygdala is as complex as it sounds. It’s almond shaped and located in your brain’s medial temporal lobe. It plays a vital part when it comes to processing emotions.

Not only do you learn how to deal with stress in this book, you also learn about how the brain and neuroplasticity function. Plus you gain some IQ enhancing cognitive terminology too.

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

The Best Book On Nutritional Health

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Low Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD & Stephen D. Phinney, MD, Phd

A little about the authors: Dr Volek and Dr Phinney are the co-founders, Chief Science Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Virta Health. What’s Virta Health? It’s the first science-backed and clinically proven treatment service which reverses type 2 diabetes.

As you can tell, this pair are at the top of their game when it comes to healthcare and nutrition. And this book highlights their expertise. They offer advice on low carbohydrate diets and ultimately how to live a ketogenic lifestyle. They delve deeply into how your body uses fuel before and after ketosis, how to adapt to the ketonegic diet for accelerated fat burning and the metabolic benefits of doing so.

What is the ketogenic diet? Going keto involves eating low-carb and high-fat foods which put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

This book on ketogenics offers keto recipes such as keto blueberry cheesecake (Yum) and post-workout protein ideas. It also looks at fluid and mineral management, like finding out what supplements to take during recovery, training and as a part of your everyday life.

It’s a great read if you’re looking to quit sugar, lose weight and cut the carbs. Here’s what High-Performance Coach/Sports Nutritionist Tony Ricci thinks of it:

“On a well designed ketogenic diet as recommended by Jeff and Steve, I consume upto 4200 calories per day while maintaining 6-7% body fat. This transformation has increased my power to mass ratio and allows a high level of performance in a range of activities. Equally, if not more important, is the efficiency with which I operate in every facet of my life. My energy level in the keto-adapted state is constant, and never undulates.”

Ready to boost your brain and feel good?

Get stuck into one of these 3 science-backed books on cognitive development and discover not only how the brain and mind works and functions, but also how small tweaks to your everyday life can create big opportunities by changing the way you think. In fact, these 3 books could change your life!

Even if you aren’t keen on reading, grab these science-backed books on audio, or if you LOVE to read then pick these brain and body development books up at a local book-store.

Books sorted. Now it’s time to learn how to reach peak happiness. Read this article.


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Sources cited:

TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking by Chris Anderson

Low Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD & Stephen D. Phinney, MD, Phd

The Stress-Proof Brain by Melanie Greenberg, PhD

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https://www.virtahealth.com

Maisie Bygraves

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  1. Is there any scientific research as to what is the best medium to read books for that information to stay in the brain. I have ADD and I find when I read my mind starts to wander. I usually read using a Kindle, is reading physical books better for you?

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