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Top Books To Get You Excited About Your Health

Apparently today is National Book Lovers Day, and although we had no idea until just a few hours ago, we’re going to jump right in with celebrating.

After all, it’s an awesome reminder to go back and sift through our bookshelves to pick out those books that were so good they have to be read again as well as the ones we never quite finished (or got around to starting…oops).

Anyways, this had inspired us to put together our top five health books, which is perfect timing now that we’re winding down the lazy weekend days of summer before the kids are back to chock-full schedules and weekend games and activities. So sit back and relax with some of our favorite books that will get you revved up about your life and your health.

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Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge M.D.

Don’t let the title throw you off, this is a book for women as young as their twenties. It’s an excellent book that is straightforward about taking ownership of your health as well as preparing you for the changes that will occur in the decades to come. Without producing fear or anxiety this book is simply a kick in the pants on what it takes to live a long life the way everyone wants to age: gracefully and with an energetic spirit.

The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You by Jessica Alba

To be completely honest (no pun intended), this book was surprising. I expected this to be another book written by a celebrity trying to do something other than their actual job of acting. Well, it turns out Alba is one smart cookie. In a quest to find products that we’re eco-friendly and toxin-free after having her first child, Alba had a difficult time getting all the facts. As a result she started her own business called The Honest Company to provide safe, honest and affordable products for families. This book outlines her eye-opening quest to live naturally and authentically in today’s society.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson

An oldie but a goodie, this book is perfect for short, daily reminders that a lot of the things we work ourselves up over are just not worth the stress. Not a sit-down-and-sink-your-teeth-in-to type of book, this is a perfect read for someone who needs a little pep talk at the start or mid-way through their day, or as way to unwind before bed.

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The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz

Another book penned by a celebrity, but Ms. Diaz knows her stuff. Based on scientific principles and facts along with personal experience, Diaz’s The Body Book is a refreshing look at positive body image and true happiness of self that comes along with proper nutrition and exercise. The best part about the book is it’s not a get-fit-quick pitch, Diaz advocates for making consistent choices to build a lifestyle that fosters a strong, long, happy and healthy life.

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In Defense of Food and Food Rules by Michael Pollan

All right we said it would be five books, but these two kind of go hand-in-hand, so here’s six. Pollan’s In Defense of Food argues the point that most of what our population is consuming today is not real food, it’s “edible food-like substance.” And our society has become so enamored by nutrition, but the more we worry about it, the less healthy we are becoming as a nation. As a follow up to In Defense of Food, Food Rules is simply a guide of getting back to the basics on how we make decisions on food and how to eat wisely.

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Elle Michels

Elle Michels

Based in Washington, D.C., Elle Michels is a contributing writer to Womenshealth.com.

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