3 New Books on Women’s Health
Looking for beauty, nutrition, or health advice? Or maybe just some inspiration to live a happier, healthier life? These books caught our eye for their wise, female-focused guidance.
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Glow15: A Science-Based Plan to Lose Weight, Revitalize Your Skin, and Invigorate Your Life
by Naomi Whittel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018)
It was over a cup of citrus bergamot tea that Naomi Whittel, mother of four and CEO of Twinlab, first learned about the little-known—but hugely powerful—science of autophagy, wherein cells remove toxins, recycle parts, and repair their own damage. Autophagy is like a built-in fountain of youth buried deep within our cells. When it’s nurtured, you thrive—and as you might imagine, when it’s not functioning optimally, age-related problems such as diabetes, cancer, and dementia can develop. How can you maximize this process for healthy, beautiful aging? That’s exactly what Whittel set out to uncover. In Glow 15, she shares research and advice that she learned from experts in the field, including MDs, dermatologists, sleep doctors, nutritionists, and fitness physiologists. The book details the best ways to harness the power of autophagy through diet, exercise, and more. Plus, there’s a collection of Whittel‘s favorite autophagy-enhancing recipes, such as “AutophaTea” made with citrus bergamot tea, Bacon, Spinach, and Cheese Egg Muffin, and Herbed Pork Tenderloin. Whittel proves that you don’t have to cut out the good stuff to glow.
Women’s Health Matters: The Influence of Gender on Disease
by Dr. Karen Jensen, ND (Mind Publishing, 2017)
Did you know that most medical protocols for treating women are based on clinical studies done on men? Or that women fare worse than men after a heart attack, and heart disease in women remains underdiagnosed and undertreated? Dr. Karen Jensen, ND, a Canada-based naturopathic doctor who has 25 years of clinical experience, is on a mission to help women understand their unique set of health challenges. This book is packed (and we mean packed!) with an incredible amount of useful, empowering information. Jensen offers detailed advice on what treatments are available to you (including nutrient- and herbal-based options), which ones are the safest, and which are the most effective. There are more than 15 conditions discussed, including hormonal balance, adrenal and thyroid health, perimenopause and menopause, breast disease, estrogen dominance, urinary incontinence, fertility, mood, sleep, and osteoporosis. This is a must-read for women of all ages.
Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours!
by Laila Ali (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
Four-time undefeated world boxing champ Laila Ali retired from the ring in 2007, but she still packs a one-two punch in the kitchen. The health-minded mom and host of OWN’s Home Made Simple channels her culinary mantra—“Nutrition is king, but flavor is queen”—in the new cookbook Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours!. Her knockout recipes range from the hearty and all-American (Very Veggie Soup) to the wholesomely spicy (the bone broth-based South Indian Coconut Chicken Curry) to the full-on fortifying (homemade kefir-and kale-infused West Coast Southern Greens).
Food for Life focuses on fruit, veggies, and other tried-and-true whole foods. But Ali—who has a line of supplements coming in mid-2018— doesn’t shy from tossing extra nutrients into her clean cuisine. “If your body can process it, you’re going to get energy from it,” she says. —Chris Mann
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