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World Book Day: 5 Books to Improve your Health

Love books? Glad we're on the same page. This #WorldBookDay, be sure to get your hands on any one of these top sellers for endless health and wellness wisdom.

You only have one body, one vessel through which you experience the adventure that we call life. How you treat it determines the quality of the life you will lead. Treat it well and you will be rewarded with good health, and tons of energy to do anything you want in life. You only have one body and taking care of it requires know-how and a willingness to learn.

Knowledge is not only power... it is life
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This World Book Day, we have you covered with 5 books written on the topic of health and wellness to ensure that you continue to flourish well into your golden years. Whether you are new to a healthy lifestyle trend or you live on a strictly organic diet and two hours of hot yoga a day these health and wellness book picks will inspire you to improve the quality of your life.

Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

by Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey has made no secret of her complicated relationship with food. Through her show and magazine, she let her millions of fans in on her “battle”, as she puts it, with food and weight. Like the rest of us, Oprah finds both pleasure and comfort in eating, but also like many of us, it is the cause of her ongoing struggle with her weight.

Food, Health, and Happiness consists of recipes that have allowed eating to finally be joyful for her. With dishes prepared together with her favourite chefs, accompanied by essays and memories penned by Oprah herself, this cookbook offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the life of one of the most influential and respected celebrities in the world.

Delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare, these are the recipes Oprah most loves to make at home and share with friends and family. From simple pleasures like the Basic Tomato Soup to Unfried Chicken; this book differs from other healthy eating cookbooks because Oprah tries to keep all of the elements that make the experience of eating and feeding loved ones joyful.

Dr T: A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure

by Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng

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In a country where sexual and reproductive health is seldom part of public discussion, gender activist and media personality Dr Tlaleng, affectionately known as Dr T, envisions a world where sexual health and well-being services available to people of all sexual and gender identities; and economic stations.

The book is an extension of her advocacy work and the embodiment of her vision, seeks to normalise healthy sexual behaviours in relationships, strengthen communication and emphasise that black women’s bodies are theirs first. Written in honest and warm language, A Guide to Sexual Health and Pleasure is filled with the specifics of sexual anatomy and health as well as advice about pleasure and sexual rights.

The reader is made to feel comfortable reading about topics that are not always discussed freely, providing all the information that simplifies sex and sexuality in a way that is enjoyable and educational.

The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation Hardcover

by Michael Matthews

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The biggest hurdle that trips up most people's journey to fitness is mental and not having the perfect workout routine or magic diet. The thing that needs to be fed and exercised for you to change your life is your motivation and that is precisely what Michael Matthews focuses on in this book.

The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation Hardcover focuses on how to keep yourself motivated while working out. Matthews is a fitness expert with a wide body of published books that cover a bunch of different exercise-related topics. So, you can be reasonably confident that he knows what he’s talking about.

In this book, Michael imparts the reader with the skills, habits, and spirit required to transform your body and life. Anyone can use the strategies found in the book to overcome the biggest mental and emotional blocks holding them back from realising their potential.

Have you ever gotten into your car after a long day at work, and even though you promised yourself you'd hit the gym, you head straight home for the couch instead? Ever been unable to stop hitting the Snooze button every morning (instead of the gym)? Have you ever been secretly afraid that you just don't have what it takes to change your body and life? Ever struggled so much to build a better body and life that you wondered if it's worth it? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, this book is for you.

How Not To Die

by Dr Greger

Death is said to be the only inevitable thing in life; or is it? If death can be avoided, that would be nice. I believe dying is quite sore. In How Not To Die, Dr Greger tackles the question of death by telling the reader the story of his grandmother. The book begins with Dr Greg’s childhood recollection of his grandmother being sent home in a wheelchair by doctors to die after being diagnosed with end-stage heart disease and having so much heart bypass surgery that, in his words, “the surgeons ran out of plumbing”.

However, a TV programme changed her life forever by encouraging her to switch to a plant-based diet. After switching to a plant-based diet and exercise regime, his grandmother lived for a further 30 years. And that is how Dr Greger’s career in medicine and his fascination with nutrition begun.

In the first half of How Not To Die, Dr Greger tells the reader “how not to die” of some of the world’s most widespread, non-communicable diseases, using scientific evidence to explore the relationship between diet and disease. He then uses the rest of the book to provide advice and practical tips on improving your diet by increasing whole foods and avoiding commercially-processed foods and animal products. While this book does not eliminate the inevitability of death, it does teach the reader how to take the scenic route towards the final destination.

Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don’t Have To

by David A. Sinclair

What if everything you think you know about ageing is wrong? For decades, the medical community has looked to a variety of reasons for why we age, and the consensus is that no one dies of old age; they die of age-related diseases. That's because ageing is not a disease, it is inevitable.

Dr David Sinclair, one of the world’s foremost authorities on genetics and ageing, reveals that everything we think we know about ageing is wrong, and shares the surprising, scientifically-proven methods that can help readers live younger, longer. He has dedicated his life’s work to enable people to live longer, healthier, and disease-free well into our hundreds.

This book takes us to the forefront of research many from Dr David Sinclair's lab at Harvard—that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, ageing. This is a must-read for all those seeking lead a long, vibrant and healthy life. Essentially, this a must-read for EVERYONE

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