8 Brilliant Books On Gut Health

8 Brilliant Books On Gut Health

Did you know that your gut is responsible for producing around 90% of your serotonin, the chemical which makes you feel great?  

Your gut health is the most important way to style, beauty and to feel energised.  You put the best quality fuel into your car, and now it is time to learn what the best quality fuel is for your body.

The best part is that health is like style, it is easy when you know how and does not have to be expensive.  And once you cut down on meat products and eat more fruit and vegetables, or drink free water rather than purchasing expensive, sugar laden drinks, you don't only do the planet a favour, or your health; you also spend less on your food products.  Savings occur when you shop for seasonal produce and check out the amazing farmers markets.

We collaborated with the gorgeous Natasha from Book Bonding, one of our favourite Melbourne Independent book shops to find a variety of books on gut health for you.  

1. Coconut Oil:  Over 200 Easy Recipes and Uses for Home, Health and Beauty

By Laura Agar Wilson

Coconut oil is a natural super oil. It has been taking the world by storm with its impressive health benefits and its versatility, with a range of uses that includes everything from smoothies to face masks, and cleaning products to health remedies.



Coconut Oil Inside & Out explores the versatility of coconut oil with tips, advice and easy-to-follow instructions creating a fully comprehensive guide on today’s most popular super oil. Beautifully illustrated with stunning photography, readers will be inspired by new ways to use their favourite oil. Focusing on the use of coconut oil within four categories (Beauty, Health, Home, and Cooking), this comprehensive guide shows how coconut oil offers natural and affordable solutions to some life’s problem - from sore throats to frizzy hair.

Readers will be surprised with new and innovative ways to use coconut oil, from their bathrooms to their kitchens and throughout their home.   The book contains ideas such as using coconut oil as a stain remover or to remove chewing gum, alongside more traditional methods, such as a replacement for butter in cooking, a skin moisturiser and lip balm.

This unique book explores the uses of coconut oil that reach far beyond cookery, by offering a fully comprehensive guide to coconut oil and its benefits and uses. With the popularity of coconut oil growing, this book will appeal to existing devotees, new users and anyone interested in living a healthier life.


2. Life Changing Foods

By Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking and whole food chef Fouad Kassab

When Jo and Fouad set out to write Life-Changing Food, they wanted it to be a world class cookbook that represented the bounty and abundance of whole food cooking.  They wanted to share their stories and inspire readers to make a healthy change with beautiful recipes and stunning photography. Life-Changing Food does all that, and more. 

Life-Changing Food is a collection of 128 whole food, gluten-free recipes, and the majority of recipes contain Thermomix® methods as well as conventional methods. The book is for everyone, from novices to experienced cooks. The focus is on flavour and nutrition, so the recipes are easy to follow but deliver beautiful dishes that offer nourishment and healing. If you’re just starting out with gluten-free/whole food cooking, or if you’ve been eating this way for a while, Life-Changing Food will help you progress even further on your journey to wellness.

What to Expect from Life-Changing Food

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  • 128 gluten-free whole food recipes, with both Thermomix® and conventional methods

  • Most recipes suitable for GAPS and Paleo diets, with Dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegan and vegetarian variations where possible

  • A focus on gut healing foods

  • The most delicious grain-free bread/pastry recipe ever! (Everyone we know thinks so too!)

  • Beautiful hardcover, stunning photography and design

  • Easy to follow recipe layout

  • Stories and tips that will inspire you and help you to make healthy changes in your diet

  • A book that you will pass down through generations


3.  Gut - The Inside Story Of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ

By Giulia Enders

This is the book that started it all.  Over one million copies sold in germany.

Our gut is as important as our brain or heart, yet we know very little about how it works and many of us are too embarrassed to ask questions.  We love the way Giulia breaks this taboo, revealing the latest science on how much our digestive system has to offer.

"A publishing sensation that ... sets out to free toilet talk from its taboo".

Our gut bacteria can play a part in obesity, allergies, depression and even Alzheimer's.  The book even covers topics, such as the best position to poo!  

An entertaining and informative health handbook shows that we can all benefit from getting to know the wondrous world of our inner workings.


4. The Happy Kitchen

By Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly has written this brilliant book as a response to her last serious bout of depression in 2011.

This book is full of good mood food, packed with recipes and meal planners to keep you calm, boost your energy levels and help you sleep.

Rachel has worked with nutritionist and Food Doctor Alic Mackintosh for the past 5 years to put together a repertoire of recipes, targeting particular symptoms, from insomia and mood swings to streess and exhaustion.

When you're feeling fragile, an overhaul of your diet can become difficult.  One more thing to add to your to do list, when you feel you don't have the energy to get out of bed, let alone think of your diet.

But as Rachel has learnt, it is small steps that make a difference. Alice's recipes are easy to follow, and soothe and gladden the soul. Follow their advice, and without trying, you too will, week by week, begin to feel stronger and happier.

In chapters ranging from Steady Energy and Beating the Blues to Finding Comfort,  all theories are put into practice, setting out how you can incorporate the concepts into your daily life. 


5. The Clever Guts Diet

By Dr Michael Mosley

Take a journey with Dr. Michael Mosley on a revelatory journey through the gut, showing how junk food and overuse of antibiotics have wiped out many good gut bacteria, leading to a modern plague of allergies, food intolerances, and obesity.

Drawing from the latest cutting-edge research, Dr. Mosley provides scientifically proven ways to control your cravings, boost your mood, and lose weight by encouraging a more diverse microbiome and increasing the good bacteria that keep you healthy.

Packed with delicious, healing recipes, meal plans, checklists, and tips, The Clever Guts Diet includes all the tools you need to transform your gut and your health, for life. 



By Lee Holmes

Find out more about Lee Holmes, her books and programs  here.

Find out more about Lee Holmes, her books and programs here.

Gut problems are something that effects everyone at some point. For most of us it can just be a case of an uncomfortable stomach or bloating, but the incidence of more serious problems is rising. Holmes believes that some cases of diabetes, IBD, IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease and thyroid problems could be prevented or even cured with the correct diet.

In Heal Your Gut, she talks us through a range of 90 delicious meals that are easy to digest and nutrient rich for optimum health. She even gives you a four step treatment programme to really help improve your digestive system.



By Pete Evans

With more and more research pointing to gut health as a leading factor in overall wellbeing, the way we eat has never been more important. And it doesn't have to be difficult! Injecting some super-charged broths, tasty ferments and medicinal spices into your diet is such a simple way to put you and your family on the path to optimum gut health. 

Together with naturopath and nutritionist Helen Padarin, Pete Evans outlines everything you need to know about gut health - and how to improve yours. Featuring basic information on the digestion process, a six-fold path to getting your gut right, the star ingredients for gut health, healing herbs and spices to grow at home, a four-week meal plan and more than 100 delicious new recipes, this definitive guide is a must for every health-conscious cook.


7. Gardening For Natural Health Products

Learn more about Reece  here .

Learn more about Reece here.

By Reece Carter

Another great trend.

Medicines are all around us. They're hiding in your garden beds and in your spice rack, and leading Aussie herbalist Reece Carter is going to show you where to find them.

Natasha said it was awesome meeting "Herb Nerd" Reece Carter at the HarperCollins Books Australia.  They shared their stories over dinner.  Naturopath Reece is very passionate about helping people get the most out of their gardens to use for natural remedies.

Plus Reece gave me a free sample of his Skin Repair Body Cream & an awesome recipe for Maca-Macadamia Chocolate Bark which is guaranteed to bust a bad mood!


8. Handmade Apothecary: Healing Herbal Remedies

By Kim Walker and Vicky Chown

Herbs are quite literally everywhere; it is only our ability to recognise their value that has been lost.

Vicky and Kim explore the traditional uses of herbs combined with a modern and scientific understanding for a truly holistic approach so that you can use herbs to treat ailments and improve your general wellbeing.  

The book contains fascinating information about herbs and with suggestions of what each herb can be used for. Did you know that daisies infused in oil can be used to reduce bruises? That roses can help grieving and anxiety? Or that elderflower cordial can bring down a temperature?

There is also an introduction to each of the body’s systems (nervous, respiratory etc.) and which herbs are best for treatments. And of course, the book is peppered with vinegars, balms, oils, tinctures, creams, lotions and syrups to create your own little herbal health kit.

Vicky and Kim also encourage people to reconnect with their local environment in addition to growing herbs in their gardens or windowsills.

Special thanks to Natasha from Book Bonding for her assistance with selection of these books.

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