There are those who think that the internet will do away with the need for printed books within the next decade. I hope not, as my shelves will look a little under-furnished with only a Kindle on them. But the beauty of the web is that it can enhance the content of a book. Have a look at these sites to see what I mean.
The book: Are You Tired And Wired? Your Proven 30-Day Program For Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue And Feeling Fantastic Again by Marcelle Pick. Hay House, £14.99
Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you feel constantly fatigued? Do you use coffee and soft drinks to keep you energised? Our modern way of living has switched us to overload and these are all symptoms of adrenal dysfunction, the root cause of major health problems. This book explains why, and offers a straightforward plan to break this dangerous pattern.
The website: Women to Women. Health providers Marcelle Pick, Ob-gyn, NP, Susan E Brown, PhD, and Dixie J Mills, MD, FACS have a mission to provide no-nonsense information to help women make decisions about their health. You can learn more here about adrenal fatigue, but there is information on practically every aspect of women’s health. It’s an American site, but much of it is relevant to readers no matter where they are. With a wealth of articles and interactive tools, videos and blogs, it’s a very useful resource.
The book: The Health Delusion: How To Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century by Glen Matten and Aidan Goggins, Hay House, £12.99
We might be living longer, but are we living healthier? In spite of advances in medicine, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and other chronic illnesses are on the increase. In this book, medical nutritionists Matten and Goggins debunk the myths about health, ageing and drug therapies and show how modern diet and lifestyle have become out of sync with what the body needs to stay fit, healthy and free of disease.
The website: Health Uncut. Goggins and Matten aim to provide unbiased, independent information on all things that matter to your health. That means a solid database of articles that is added to almost daily, covering subjects such as diet, medicine, illness and disease, supplements, etc. The site includes a tips and thoughts section and you can sign up for a weekly e-letter to receive the latest news on health and nutrition.
The book: 52 Small Changes: One Year To A Healthier, Happier You by Brett Blumenthal, Amazon Encore, £8.99 Wellness coach and award-winning writer Brett Blumenthal is another American on a mission to motivate her readers to live healthier lives. By following her roadmap and making a small change every week – such as diet, stress management, exercise, etc – the idea is that by the end of a year it will result in a healthier you. It’s not rocket science, but it’s nonetheless effective.
The website: Sheer Balance. This is a resource of articles by Blumenthal, covering fitness, nutrition, mind/body balance, travel and eco-living. Hence you can find articles on mindful breathing, yoga, tackling sun exposure and resources for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free travellers. There are tools and forums to help you stick to the 52 small changes, as well as an assessment that provides feedback to help you start the program.
The book: Get Some Headspace: 10 Minutes Can Make All The Difference by Andy Puddicombe, Hodder & Stoughton, £8.99
Scientific research has shown that meditation can help with stress, addictions, the ability to focus and the immune system, so what’s not to like? Puddicombe (described by the Times as Britain’s top mediation guru) wants to get us all meditating as he believes that ten minutes of mindful meditation a day will help us lead healthier and happier lives. He has an easy, relaxed way of explaining things, whether it’s the science, the technique or his personal experience of meditation. It results in a practical handbook that helps the reader to understand mindfulness.
The website: Headspace. This site describes itself as the first gym membership for the mind, and helps you learn how to meditate with regular podcasts and articles. A free app offers ten days of guided meditation and if, after that, if you are bitten by the bug, there are various subscription options. The blog section includes topics ranging from bereavement to diet and video clips such as Puddicombe’s recent TED lecture.
The book: The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing: How To Live Longer, Look Younger And Feel Great by Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne, Piatkus, £14.99 Health expert Jerome Burne is no stranger to high50, as readers of his highly informative articles will know. His latest book is essential reading if you want to age well and avoid chronic disease that is a result of poor nutrition and over-medication. This is an in-depth look at complex issues, explained in no-nonsense, understandable context.
The website: Body Of Evidence. This is a site to sink your teeth into. The strapline says it all: Jerome Burne investigates. And, by golly, he does. “This is the place to check for cases where the evidence is lacking or has been fudged and to discuss what needs to be done to make it better,” he writes. With sections entitled Lack of evidence, Evidence fudged, Evidence ignored and Better evidence, it’s a thought-provoking, passionate and personal investigation into everything we need to know to get the best out of our health.