LYFE Reading List - Health Book Recommendations by LYFE’s Doctors

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Make no mistake, people love a good book…

Even in the age of technology, going back to basics and picking up a book that engages you from page to page can be extremely fulfilling…

I received a request on The LYFE Club Facebook Group (our online community for LYFE Club Members), for a list of good book recommendations, so here it is!

LYFE is the hub for discussions about the latest health trends, and is a place to get advice, strategies, and resources recommended by doctors and other LYFE Bosses, just like you.

In our digital world, where every social platform fights for our attention, the written word has and will always stand the test of time. 

Below are some of the most beloved books about health and well-being recommended by LYFE's doctors.

How Not To Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease by Michael Greger 

Dr. Michael Greger, world-renowned doctor, nutrition expert and founder of, reveals the link between nutrition, lifestyle and the 15 most common causes of premature death in America - heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. He explains how preventative lifestyle interventions can often be a better solution to ill-health than prescribed pills, pharmaceuticals or surgery, meaning that the power lies in our hands for determining our level of health and well-being.

In following Dr. Greger’s advice laid out in this book; all of it strongly backed by empirical evidence, you will have strong foundation of knowledge and practical steps for living healthier and longer.

Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health by Ben Lynch

By understanding your unique genetic code, you can optimise your health, prevent and even reverse disease, and live a full and vital life. Dr. Ben Lynch delivers on a solutions-based approach to personalised medicine by showing you how to harness the potential of your genes through well-researched food and lifestyle approaches. At the end of the day, no genes are truly bad—it’s how you make the right choices to optimise them and ultimately rewrite your genetic destiny. 

This is a highly recommend for any person struggling with health challenges or anyone who simply wants to optimize their health.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

As an internationally-renowned sleep expert, and Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab, Dr Professor Matthew Walker reveals his greatest work, grounded in science, to explain the tremendous power sleep has to transform our lives for the better.

The past 2 decades has seen an explosion of scientific discoveries in relation to sleep and Dr Walker explains the numerous benefits of healthy sleep and how it can improve optimal physical and mental health. Looking at the biochemical and electrical activity in our brains, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorise and regulate our emotions. It is closely interlinked with our immune system, metabolism, decision making processes and more. He also elucidates the possible functions of dreams, describing how they meld past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. A must read for anyone looking to understand the transformational power that sleep has on our lives.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

The premise of Atomic Habits by James Clear is that it’s very easy to underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. James Clear provides a proven framework for making everyday improvements to your life, breaking bad habits and forming new good ones. By gaining mastery of your behaviour on a daily basis, the rewards you can expect to attain over the long-run are incredible. 

If you have a bad habit, most of the the time, the problem isn’t you, it’s your system and until you change your system, nothing will change. The book distills our complex human behaviours into simple, easy to understand systems that anyone can apply to their life so that they can expect massive results. Clear’s book also keeps readers hooked and entertained with his excellent story-telling and humorous writing style.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, eat more healthily or improve on a certain skill, this book is for you.

 Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career by Scott H. Young

Ever wanted to learn things at a quicker pace and more effectively? Ultralearning by Scott H. Young is the book for you. It offers 9 principles to do this and serves a guide for how you can future-proof your career and get ahead of the game via self-education. Expect to be able to rapidly learn valuable skills, acquire new knowledge, and ultimately become a better version of yourself faster. It presents a compelling case as to why this is necessary in the current day context, where the ability to learn new skills quickly is becoming something of a necessity.

He analyses the aggressive, self-directed learning strategies of some of the world’s most successful ultra-learners and breaks these down into techniques steps that anyone can implement.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler

We have to make 100s of choices everyday - what time to wake up in the morning, when to eat, how to get to work, what to invest our time and money in etc. Nobel Prize winner Richard H. Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein explain using decades of scientific research that the choices we make are often presented to us with all sorts of biases and are very rarely presented to us in a neutral way. Consequently, the choices we make are often quite poor; however, through gaining a better understanding of how we think and how we make choices, we can best nudge ourselves, as well as other people and society towards making better decisions without restricting our autonomy.  

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

An all time classic; psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's investigates flow as an optimal experience of being, characterised by total absorption and joy in the present moment.

His experiments reveal that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is this state of consciousness called flow. He uncovers what it means to be in flow and how to trigger it more often so as to experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Man’s Search For Meaning is a work of non-fiction that deals with psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s experience living in Nazi concentration camps, as well as his psychotherapeutic technique called logotherapy which helped him survive and shows you how you can, and must, find meaning in your life.

Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot remove suffering but we can choose how to respond to it, find meaning in it, and move forwards in life with a sense of purpose. 

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

David Goggins showcases the tragic story of a young boy, disadvantaged by domestic violence, racism, learning difficulties, fear of water, and a resulting threat to physical and mental health, to one of the most accomplished people in the Navy SEALs, setting records in numerous ultra-racing events, and now an author. Through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes.

He uses his experiences to proclaim that most of us only tap into 40% of our potential capabilities; what he called The 40% Rule. His story is testament to the notion that anyone can defeat their demons to reach their full potential. 

The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness by Epictetus

Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 C.E. in the east of the Roman Empire. Sold as a child and crippled from the beatings of his master, Epictetus was eventually freed, rising from his humble roots to establish an influential school of Stoic philosophy. Epictetus observed that although everyday life is fraught with difficulty, a life of virtue is within reach and under your control. He dedicated his life to outlining the simple way to happiness, fulfilment, and tranquility. By putting into practice the 93 witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up "The Art of Living", readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life as well as life's inevitable major losses and disappointments. An all-time classic.

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