We’ve been working with London-based Ultimate Library for a while now – their passionate literature lovers curate our resort libraries around the world with reads that reflect locations as well as the latest award-winners, novels and books on everything from photography to cooking, travel and art. And of course, they bring us our bimonthly book reviews to help you choose the perfect holiday read! This week, Ultimate Library’s five fascinating reads dive deep into what it means to be healthy – each offering a uniquely personal perspective on everything from nutrition to holistic health to breathwork to plastic pollution in our diet to body clocks and sleep cycles…informative and inspiring ways to bring real and lastingly healthy changes into your life.
1. Food for Life: The Science of Eating Well by Tim Spector
Food is our greatest ally for good health, but the question of what to eat has never seemed so complicated. Tim Spector has pioneered a new approach to nutrition, encouraging us to forget misleading calorie counts and nutritional breakdowns. Investigating everything from environmental impact and food fraud to allergies and deceptive labelling, Spector also shows us the many wondrous and surprising properties of everyday foods, which scientists are only just beginning to understand.
2. A Poison Like no Other: How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies by Matt Simon
It’s falling from the sky and in the air we breathe. It’s in our food, our clothes, and our homes. It’s microplastic and it’s everywhere including our own bodies. Scientists are just beginning to discover how these tiny particles threaten health, but the studies are
alarming. A Poison Like No Other is the first book to fully explore this public health threat, following the intrepid scientists who travel to the ends of the earth and the bottom of the ocean to understand the consequences of our dependence on plastic.
3. The Health Fix: Transform Your Health in 8 Weeks by Dr Ayan Panja
Starting with the experience of his own illness, Dr Ayan Panja, NHS GP and lifestyle medicine expert, brings a unique personalised framework to tailor targeted lifestyle-based interventions to you. With the rising tide of non-communicable disease such as long Covid, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal conditions and increasing mental health need, Dr Ayan blends in the science and evidence into eye-opening case studies which demonstrate how the patient story can explain everything.
4. Life Time: The New Science of the Body Clock, and How it Can Revolutionize Your Sleep and Health by Russell Foster
In the twenty-first century, we increasingly push our daily routines into the night, carrying out work, exercise, and our social lives long after dark. But we have forgotten that our bodies are governed by a 24-hour biological clock which guides us towards the best time to sleep, eat and think. In Life Time, Professor Russell Foster shares his life’s work, taking us on a fascinating and surprising journey through the science of our body clocks.
5. Breathe In, Breathe Out: Restore Your Health, Reset Your Mind and Find Happiness Through Breathwork by Stuart Sandeman
Your breathing can explain how much stress you’re under. It can reveal your emotional state. It can even hold the key to healing trauma. And that’s just your breathing over the last 20 seconds. In Breathe In, Breathe Out, breathwork expert Stuart Sandeman
reveals the hidden power of breathing and how, by changing the way you breathe, you can transform the way you think and feel. Since tragic loss brought him to breathwork, Stuart has changed the lives of thousands through his signature sessions. Now, he
wants the same for you.