By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND
I’m frequently asked for book suggestions for women’s health, cookbooks and more. Here is my latest list of favourite health books – I hope you enjoy it!
This book is an excellent review of your hormones, with a simple self-assessment and tips for restoring hormone balance. It is more than a diet book, with recommendations for an anti-inflammatory detox, nutritional supplements, exercise, sleep, stress management, toxin-free skin care and natural hormone replacement, along with a personalized diet plan. This is a great intro to the naturopathic approach to hormone balance.
In The Hormone Cure, Dr. Gottfried shows how balancing your hormones is often the answer to underlying health issues, and with optimal hormone balance you will achieve restored sleep, greater energy, improved mood, easier weight loss, increased productivity, and more. If you’ve always wondered how your hormones work, and especially the impact of stress on your hormonal system, this is a great read.
This book, first published in 1994 was the first to outline the connection between mind, body, emotions and spirit in a beautifully readable and empowering way. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom is described as a “behind-the-scenes tour of the female body, showing you how to truly thrive and flourish.”
Taking Charge or Your Fertility is a clear and readable book on the Fertility Awareness Method. In my opinion, this should be required reading for young women in their late teens or twenties, to simply learn how their repoductive system works. Why wait until you are trying to get pregnancy to learn! I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn their fertility signs from temperature tracking, to physical signs of ovulation, and more.
Woman Code is an other excellent hormone book, and the part that I enjoyed the most was to embrace the gifts and positive side of each phase of the menstrual cycle. Because of our hormone fluctuations through the month, women are not constant and consistent in their mental focus, creativity and energy. If you can learn to predict the positive side of each part of your cycle as it approaches, it can create much more ease in your life.
This inspiring book is written by a holistic psychiatrist, and outlines her treatment of depression without medication. Perhaps the most important statement in the book is. “Depression is merely a symptom, a sign that something is off balance or ill in the body that needs to be remedied.” The book begins with discussion about depression, how dealing with only serotonin is not the answer, and that depression is often triggered by blood sugar issues and nutritional deficiencies due to poor nutrition; underactive thyroid function; and medications such as birth control pills, proton-pump inhibitors for acid reflux, and statins. New theories regarding depression now focus on inflammation – where a chronic inflammatory state in the body causes changes in cytokines, which can then trigger depression.
Natural Pregnancy Book is a guide to a natural, healthy pregnancy using herbal and nutritional recommendations. It includes herbal remedies for familiar concerns such as anxiety, fatigue, morning sickness, and stretch marks. She also discusses the components of a healthy diet, with an emphasis on natural foods.
ToxIN ToxOUT / Slow Death by Rubber Duck – Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
Two environmentalists explore the causes and consequences of the toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, how we can avoid them, and what we can learn about our health in the context of the modern polluted world.
This cookbook has been one of my go-to resources for simple whole food -based, allergen-free recipes. Every recipe is free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs and dairy, as well as refined sugar, and most recipes are family-friendly.
Written by local holistic nutritionist, Meghan Telpner, this book is filled with delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, and in most cases, vegan-friendly recipes.
A vegan cookbook, especially known for the healthy treat options – energy balls and home-made granola bars. The recipes are absolutely delicious!
My first reference for healthy baby food, Lianne Phillipson-Webb clearly explains simple nutritional steps for food introduction, in a whole-foods, natural way.
An incredibly inspiring book about the nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer—even after conventional medicine has failed. These factors really apply to all chronic health conditions, so if you are feeling stuck with your health I would highly recommend reading this book.
Mind Over Medicine is written by a doctor, who through extensive shows that what we think, believe, and feel can either heal or harm our bodies. A fascinating look at another side of health and wellness.
When the Body Says No is a book written about the the physiological connection between life’s stresses and emotions and the body systems governing nerves, immune apparatus and hormones. If have have wondered whether your physical health is an expression of your emotions or stress in your life, this book can provide some clues.
Meditation is a wonderful tool for healing the body. In this book, Kabat-Zinn builds on his renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program and teaches about how mindfulness based meditation can help us to counteract stress, establish balance, and stimulate the body’s ability to heal.
The Brain’s Way of Healing / The Brain that Changes Itself – Norman Doidge
In his books, Dr. Doidge explores the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to our experiences. This is called neuroplasticity, and it’s a powerful tool for healing the body using natural, non-invasive techniques like light, sound, movement, and vibration. Through these techniques we learn to lessen symptoms of complex neurological conditions like autism, brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease.