11 Must-Read Books That Could Save Your Life

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Improve your knowledge. Save your life.

The more you know, the more informed your decisions can become.

The more informed decisions you make, the more intentionally you can design your life.

In a world controlled by the media — news and social — we’re susceptible to being imprinted with information we believe is true, but isn’t actually what’s real.

Companies are constantly trying to sell us things they make us believe we need.

Clever ads, sexy images, and easier-than-ever clickbait gets us buying things that bring us five minutes of joy, then is tossed into the pile and forgotten about.

In today’s society, we’re eating foods that look good on billboards and taste nice as they go down, but they could actually be killing us without us realizing.

We all need to STOP for a second to wake up and realize we’re spiraling out of control.

Every choice we make is a vote for how we want our future lives to look.

Buying incessantly, eating without intention, and staying awake all night looking at our phones is turning us into unconscious zombies headed for an early grave.

Don’t get too down about it, though, because YOU have the chance to change these zombifying factors in your life.

With the books in this article, you can be the decider of your destiny and not only improve your quality of life, but likely extend your natural life, too.

Now is the time to learn about how imperative it is to live an intentional, healthy life that doesn’t bring harm to our planet, ourselves, and innocent bystanders.

Our world and your life depend on it.

1. How Not To Die


If you don’t already know that a plant-based, vegan diet can help reverse and prevent disease, you need to pick up this book immediately.

Written by Dr. Michael Gregor and Gene Stone, this nutrition bible goes through all the foods that can not only add years to your life, but improve your day-to-day life.

There’s also an outline of specific illnesses, what causes them, and how to heal them with plants.

This is the book you’ll constantly be referring to when you hear someone is sick, because it provides more answers than any Google search will.

And, it gives you the truth.

Nutrition is the foundation of life and good health.

This book is one of the best guides to get you the long, healthy life you want.

2. The Cheese Trap


Whether you’ve given up cheese yet or not, this book holds all the answers for why our society is so cheese-addicted, how to break that addiction, and how to improve your quality of life living [dairy] cheese free.

Most people don’t want to give up cheese, but once you learn the truth about why you’re so hooked on it, you’ll never look at it the same.

With this book, you’ll become empowered to give up cheese in a way that will bring you more energy, help you lose weight, and provide you with a lifetime of valuable information.

Education is key and this book does a remarkable job at educating without laying on the guilt.

3. The China Study


This book reveals it all when it comes to health and diet.

Dr. Campbell and his son conduct the largest, most comprehensive health study ever conducted, they discover the truth about what our food is doing to us.

If you’re bargaining with keeping animal protein in your diet, the information in this book will make you think again.

The marketing schemes you’ve fallen for in the grocery store are flipped upside down and, with the undeniable evidence discovered, you will likely recognize that a plant-based diet is the way forward for healthy living.

You can’t deny science!

This book is one for the nutritional-knowledge-tool-belt for sure.

4. 31 Day Food Revolution


Dubbed “an eater’s guide to liberation from a toxic food world,” this book will help you take real action to clean up your diet.

With tangible tips on how to heal your gut, lower your risk of developing disease, and reconfigure how you see food, this book could actually add years to your life.

The 31-Day Food Revolution outlines how to eat a healthy, humane, sustainable, and delicious diet while feeling empowered to take control of your health decisions.

The actionable steps in this book are great for those who want a path laid out for them and a step-by-step guide to follow.

This very book could just change your life.

5. Proteinaholic


This book helps unpack the lies we’ve been told about protein and unveils the truth about eating meat.

If you’re interested in helping our dying planet, improving your health, and causing less harm to animals, this is a must read.

If you’re pretty sure protein is your main focus when eating, then you may want to lay off a bit.

This book will tell you why.

What’s on your plate represents much more than a choice for your taste buds or your gym workouts.

The things you choose to eat are symbolic of how you see your own health, so learn as much as you can before packing yourself full of protein you may not actually need.

6. A Zero Waste Life

Founded on the idea of becoming an “everyday activist,” Anita Vandyke discusses the immense benefit to cutting waste and simplifying your life.

The more conscious we become as consumers, the better the planet is, the better our mental health is, and the more humanity benefits from the synergy of intentional living.

In this book A Zero Waste Life, Anita gives you a 30-day plan to cut down on your waste by 80%.

That’s HUGE!

Our lives depend on the health of the planet and our planet’s health is dependent on us.

By reading this book and putting the suggested practices into action, you’re taking steps towards becoming a person who chooses life over waste.

Remember: Small changes can make a huge difference.

One person can change the world.

7. Anticancer: A New Way of Life


Did you know that only 5% of cancers actually derive from genes?

70-95% of cancers are born out of lifestyle choices.


This book will guide you in a way that makes cancer seem beatable, curable, and avoidable.

You’ll likely have huge paradigm shifts when reading this, because you’ll learn about all the lies you’ve been sold and your reality will be flipped on its head.

You will become a force for good — and a model for cancer-free living — if you take this book and your health seriously.

If it means living a cancer-free life, pick up a copy of this book right now.

8. Why We Sleep


Not only is nutrition the best way to control your health, but the amount of sleep you get can be the underrated element in living a healthy life.

When you sleep, your body is repairing itself.

The less sleep you get, the less repairing occurs in your mind, body, and spirit.

Learn why sleep is one of the most important things you can do and how it can be one of the best ways to combat cancer and other illnesses.

No more I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead ways of thinking.

With this book, you’ll wake up to the importance of sleeping more.

If you like podcasts, Dr. Walker was on a brilliant, eye-opening episode of the Joe Rogan podcast — I highly recommend it!

9. The Good Gut


Did you know your gut is your second brain?

Everything that happens in your gut dictates your health, your mood, your energy, and your likeliness for fighting off illness and disease.

The quality of the life in your gut could be determining the quality of your life.

This groundbreaking book, The Good Gut, explains everything you need to have a healthy gut and, in turn, live a happy life.

Your choices dictate your health, so learn how to make the best choices for your gut and see how other parts of your life will improve.

10. The Blue Zones

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Science and experiments are all well and good for analyzing data, but when you are sitting face-to-face with the people who’ve unlocked the secrets to a long life, you won’t care what a lab technician is saying about experiment results.

The proof is in the pudding with this book.

The Blue Zones outlines exactly how populations around the world are doing all the right things to live well into their hundreds.

By reading this book, you’ll have the chance to learn about what you can do to extend your life and enjoy it while you’re at it.

11. Healthy at 100


This is a book that will give you hope wherever you’re at in your health journey.

If you’re overweight and living an unhealthy life, definitely grab this book and absorb everything you can from it.

If you’re at a healthy weight, but could stand to get a bit healthier, this book will point you in the right direction.

This book will show you how to grow older with grace, happiness, and vitality by opening your eyes to the ways of life across the world that sometimes get forgotten about in the western world.

John Robbins outlines the science that proves we all need to laugh more, dance more, and interact with each other more.

That doesn’t sound too bad now, does it?

Any other books you’d recommend for this list? Let me know in the comments below!