17 Brain-Healthy Books of 2017: Our Favorites

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Take a look back at 2017...

with 17 of Vital's favorite books focusing on brain health, function and maintenance. As our year comes to a close, we have compiled a list of our favorites that were published in 2017. Whether you're looking to end the year on a high note or fill in those New Year's Resolutions, take a look through our favorites to see what piques your interest!


Mindful Running: How Meditative Running Can Improve Performance and Make You a Happier, More Fulfilled Person
By Mackenzie L. Havey

Read this book for a look into how exercise, specifically meditative running, can effect your brain function and overall quality of living. 

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The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains
By Robert H. Lustig

Want to learn more about the brains connection with the body? Take an in-depth read into the exact science and what you should know about it. 

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Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
By Catherine Shanahan, M.D.

We've all heard the saying, "You are what you eat" - but how can food really effect your brain? Read Dr. Shanahan's latest book to learn more.

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Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster
By Dave Asprey

Take a look into the mind of Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey as he uncovers all the little known benefits that come with his products. 

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Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul's Potential
By Barry Michel

We all have that little voice in our head that we can't get rid of, that's holding us back from going after a dream or reaching our potential. Read the latest from Barry Michels to learn some trick on how to handle that pesky inner enemy.

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The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China
By John D., M.D. Day, Jane Ann Day, and Matthew LaPlante

Take a page from the ancient playbook and get ready to transform your 2018.

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The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood and Lean, Energized Body
By Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey

Not feeling happy enough in your day-to-day life? It might have to do with what you're eating! Read Graham and Ramsey's take at a "happiness diet" - sure to bring some sunshine to your life.

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Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory
By Neal D. Barnard

Find the foods that fuel your mind. With only 3 steps, you can improve your memory and get your brain back on track for a long, powerful life.

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The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection
By Scott C. Anderson

The Gut-Brain Connection is very important to us here at Vital, and Scott C. Anderson perfectly depicts the ongoing revolution and how your gut, and the food you ingest, can effect your brain.

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Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life
By David Perlmutter

After learning about Mood, Food and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection with Scott C. Anderson, be sure to check out David Perlmutter's new book as he explains the power of gut microbes and how your body is truly all connected.

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The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World
By Haemin Sunim

Feeling stressed? Like life is moving too quickly? Like you missed half of 2017 and now 2018 is right around the corner? Us too. But after reading Sunim's latest, we have discovered how slowing down once in a while can make a huge difference.

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The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
By Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn

Looking for that magic tip to staying young in body, soul and mind? While there may not be a magic potion, Dr. Blackburn's Telomere Effect may be the closest thing to it. Read this to start 2018 a year younger instead of a year older.

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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living
By Meik Wiking

By now it's common knowledge that Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world. So why not take a page from their playbook and bring a little hygge to your life?

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The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard
By Kristin Schell

Community is very important to us here at Vital, but we know it's sometimes difficult to take the time to talk to that new neighbor or make it to the PTA meetings. However, community connection is one of the most important things in life. Read The Turquoise Table to find out how you can find, or create, that place in which to belong.

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Habits: Easy Habits for a Better Life
By A.C. Drexel

Usually when we talk habits, we talk bad habits. But let's throw the negativity away and find some good habits to add to our 2018 routine!

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The Mindset Makeover: Transform Your Mindset to Attract Success, Unleash Your True Potential, Control Thoughts and Emotions, Become Unstoppable and Achieve Your Goals Faster
By Som Bathla

No one ever said they wanted to reach their dreams slower... so why wait? Find out how you can makeover your mindset for a more successful and determined life.

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Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most
By Dr. Daniel G. Amen

Above all else, you want to remember. Remember the happy times with your family, remember the trying times that made you a stronger person, remember turning to a new chapter in your life. And with all that's going on, sometimes it's difficult. So don't let 2017 fade away, read Dr. Amen's new book to start 2018 ready to ADD memories to your collection instead of replacing them.