Why We Sleep – Mathew Walker
Why We Sleep by Mathew Walker is about the science of sleep. What happens when we sleep, how are our minds are shaped by the quality of our sleep? What are the repercussions to not sleeping well?
The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollen
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen is about the fundamental crisis that each human faces, and is unique to our species: Since we can eat both plants and animals, we don’t know what we should eat. Plants or animals or both? And how should we eat them?
The Red Queen – Matt Ridley
The Red Queen is about how humans behave, and what led them to behave this way. Ridley compares the human mammal to other animals, and finds patterns that we have in common
The Complete Guide to Fasting – Jason Fung
The Complete Guide to Fasting is a good introduction to fasting, with its benefits, variants, and dangers.
The Longevity Diet – Valter Longo
In The Longevity Diet, Longo recommends we use multiple sources of information when going on a diet, rather than to trust the latest fads.
The Circadian Code – Satchin Panda
The Circadian Code is a short book that sheds light on the importance of the circadian clock. By explaining how the body works as a coordinated system, not only by itself, but alongside the natural rhythm of the day (sunrise and sunset), it becomes impossible to think of the body in isolation.
Body By Science – Doug McGuff and John Little
Body By Science by Doug McGuff is a book that contradicts most of the advice that you will find online about strength training. From the perspective of a physician, McGuff explains how building muscle is a biological process that requires sufficient rest as well as intense stimulation, and that more frequent training can impede rather than help your muscle growth process.
How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger is about the health benefits of eating your fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices and the dangers of eating too much meat, or any meat at all.
If you are a gym newbie, or you’ve been doing it for a while, but feel that you have reached a plateau, this book is at the very least a good starting point to learn about how proper form, so that you avoid injuries, and at the same time, gives you a time tested philosophy to build muscle. You will also learn how to match your training with proper nutrition.
The Story of the Human Body by Daniel E. Lieberman is about how our bodies have evolved across time, how the environment and culture affected our development, and what, if any kind of behavior or lifestyle, is considered optimal for human beings.
Ed Young is a contributor for the Atlantic. I Contain Multitudes is his fascinating book about the story of microbes, their origins and functions, our relationship with them so far, and how this relationship will develop in the future.
Why is Sex Fun? by Jared Diamond tries to explain a seemingly obvious question contained in the title. To most people, the answer is obvious and needs no further explanation. People have sex all the time, because sex is fun, there’s nothing else to explain. But to a scientist like Diamond, this answer is not satisfying.
Behave – Robert Sapolsky
The biological underpinnings of human behavior.Genes can increase the likelihood of depression, but only in people who have experienced childhood adversity. To know whether things are caused by genes or environment, scientists make comparisons between identical twins, adopted people, and identical twins adopted into different households.