Inside: The best books on human nutrition that I’ve ever read!
Confession time – I’m a huge nerd and can usually be found with a book in my hand. I met Mr. LectinFreeFoodie in business school, and we have always mutually geeked out over our love of books.
Here’s the thing: I truly believe that one good book can drastically change your life. All it takes is one good idea, one new perspective, one bit of new information, and bam!
You’ll never be the same again.
As business owners, we often find ourselves mentoring brand new entrepreneurs who are looking for advice as they start their own businesses, and the best thing we can give them are book recommendations. If you were to ask me which business books changed the course of my life – I’d name books like “The Art of Non-Conformity,” or “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” I’d tell you about “The Millionaire Mind” and “The Millionaire Next Door.” Maybe I’d mention “Tribe of Mentors” or “Tools of Titans.”
But if you’re reading this blog – about our renewed commitment to our health, you’re probably not interested in all of that.
Instead, I thought I’d share a handful of the books that have guided and inspired me on this journey of using nutrition to improve my health. I hope you will find something to inspire you, and I’ve love if you shared some of the best books on human nutrition that you’ve read with me in the comments.
The Best Books on Human Nutrition I’ve Ever Read:
As someone who has suffered from autoimmune disease, I’ve personally found a great deal of knowledge explaining the relationship between autoimmune disease and human nutrition.
Even more importantly, I’ve experienced a complete reversal of my symptoms and clean blood work. What I love about this book is that instead of just giving you a list of foods to avoid, it explains the relationship between these foods and your autoimmune symptoms.
For anyone suffering from joint pain, fatigue, brain fog, inflammation, arthritis, MS, Crohn’s, thyroid disorders or any myriad of autoimmune disease – this is a pivotal book to read.
Dr. Sarah Ballentyne’s groundbreaking work delves into the science behind autoimmune diseases and offers lots of practical advice. Dr. Ballentyne draws upon current medical research to explain the relationship between human nutrition and health.
She arms the reader with actionable information to empower them in their search for better health, with lists of medical tests to run, supplements to take, and treatment options to discuss with your doctor.
I’m a huge Michael Pollan fan. I loved this book as it helped me find answers to this daily question: What should I eat for dinner?
He explains that as omnivores, humans can survive on many different food options, but there is a difference between surviving and thriving.
I absolutely love his “investigative journalism” approach and learned so much about the quality of our food.
Another great investigative piece by Michael Pollan, this is Pollan’s deep look into how our “food” has changed over time, and helps to answer the question “What should we eat?” His premise is simple and I love it so much that I have it written out in my kitchen as a reminder.
He urges us to “eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.“
In this book, Dr. Cate Shanahan, explores human nutrition from our ancestors’ perspective and examines what diets around the world that have produced the healthiest, longest living humans.
She makes the the case that our family history does not define our destiny and how we nourish our bodies can have a profound effect on our personal DNA and our future children.
As you learn about traditional diets, you’ll begin to understand all the wisdom that can be gleaned from our ancestors.
Which books have deeply impacted your life and health? Do you have a favorite book on human nutrition that I didn’t cover? I’d love it if you could share in the comments so I can add to my reading list.
Cheers to your health!