Your Summer Reading List for Better Health

Ten Books for Better Health

With warm weather beckoning us to the pool and vacation time that needs to be used summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading.There’s an old saying that knowledge is power and I believe that this is especially true when it comes to our health. Arming yourself with knowledge from a diverse group of people and viewpoints allow you to find what is healthy for you and your lifestyle. The following list is what I believe to be a nice sampling of ideas on how to be healthy. Some of these books are very entertaining some are downright dull but they are all loaded with great information that will lead you to question what it means to be healthy and how to improve your quality of life. Enjoy!


1. Natural Health, Natural Medicine    By Andrew Weil, MD

Andrew Wiel is the king of melding western medicine and alternative medicine I think this book is one of his best.

2. The Complete Yoga Book  By James Hewitt

If you want to go beyond the yoga vampires, Lula Lemon workout wear and getting a tight tush this book will help you find what yoga is really all about.

3. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration  By Weston A. Price D.D.S

You really have to want to read this book. But if you can get past its dryness it’s a fascinating long term worldwide study on non industrial diets of indigenous peoples. I know it doesn’t sound like a page turner and it isn’t . But it is a must read.

4. The Pilates Body  By Brooke Siler

What sets this book apart is the illustrations of what you should be thinking when you do the exercises. This highlights the true nature of mind/body exercise and what makes Pilates magical.

5. Age Proof your Body  By Elizabeth Somer M.A.,R.D.

Elizabeth is the queen of the study. This is the science of nutrition at its finest.

6. Is your Chair Killing You?  By Kent Burden

OK it’s my list and my book. But this book is the bible for office workers who want to be healthy, even if I say so myself…which I just did.

7. Real Food   By Nina Planck

This book defines what real food is and why it is superior to the industrialized food most of us eat.

8. Zen in the Art of Archery  By Eugen Herrigel

This book is a classic on the power of the mind and why one should seek to control it.

9. The China Study  by T. Colin Campbell PhD & Thomas M. Campbell

This book lays out all the evidence for a plant based diet and why you should adopt one.

10. The Art of Happiness  By His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler. M.D.

A book that is surprising because of its lack of religiousness. Just lots of incredible insights on finding happiness


KentHeadshotModifiedKent Burden is the creator of the “Workout at Work” e-book series. The first two books in the series are “Workout at Work: 25 Upper Body Strength Exercises with Resistance Bands to do at Your Desk,” and “Workout at Work: 25 Lower Body Strength Exercises to do at Your Desk.” Other recent books include “Exercise Sucks! The Secret to Losing Weight Without Really Trying” and “Is Your Chair Killing You?” All of Kent’s books are available at

His work has been published in Shape, Fitness, Self and Body and Soul among others and he has appeared on TVs Access Hollywood where he was named yoga instructor to the stars.