The best 22 Body Optimization books

Body Optimization is a key focus in today's wellness landscape, encompassing physical fitness, nutrition, and mental well-being. Our curated book list delves into actionable strategies for achieving holistic health and maximizing vitality.

Discover expert insights on enhancing your body and mind with our selection of empowering reads. Ready to unlock your full potential and live your healthiest life yet? Start reading now!

The best 22 Body Optimization books
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Body Optimization Books: The Vitamin Solution by Romy Block and Arielle Levitan

The Vitamin Solution

Romy Block and Arielle Levitan
Two Doctors Clear the Confusion about Vitamins and Your Health
3.8 (74 ratings)
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What's The Vitamin Solution about?

The Vitamin Solution (2015) offers a clear picture of the world of vitamins to help you determine whether you need them, why you might need them and what they can do to improve your everyday life. Cut through the clutter and confusion and find out which vitamins are essential for a healthy body and mind and how you can put yourself on the path to better living.

Who should read The Vitamin Solution?

  • Athletes looking to reach their body’s optimal performance
  • People suffering from fatigue, depression or insomnia
  • Medical practitioners interested in the benefits of commonly used vitamins

Body Optimization Books: In Praise of Walking by Shane O'Mara

In Praise of Walking

Shane O'Mara
The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us
4.5 (556 ratings)
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What's In Praise of Walking about?

In Praise of Walking (2019) examines the science behind one of the basic skills that defines us as human beings. By walking more, you can boost your physical and mental health – and become more creative and social.

Who should read In Praise of Walking?

  • Science fans keen to learn about the body and the mind
  • Walking enthusiasts
  • People looking for a reason to do more exercise

Body Optimization Books: The Science and Technology of Growing Young by Sergey Young

The Science and Technology of Growing Young

Sergey Young
An Insider's Guide to the Breakthroughs That Will Dramatically Extend Our Lifespan . . . and What You Can Do Right Now
4.4 (392 ratings)
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What's The Science and Technology of Growing Young about?

The Science and Technology of Growing Young (2021) reveals that the Longevity Revolution is just around the corner. Thanks to developments in AI, quantum computing, and genome sequencing, we’re able to engage in genetic engineering, manufacture new body parts, and treat diseases before they’ve even begun to affect us. These developments will soon allow us to live longer and healthier lives than we ever thought possible.

Who should read The Science and Technology of Growing Young?

  • Tech geeks curious about how AI has impacted health care
  • Middle-aged people wanting to reverse the effects of aging
  • People who want to find out how to optimize their health to live longer, fuller lives

Body Optimization Books: Biohack Your Brain by Kristen Willeumier

Biohack Your Brain

Kristen Willeumier
How to Boost Cognitive Health, Performance and Power
4.6 (1,108 ratings)
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What's Biohack Your Brain about?

Biohack Your Brain (2020) is a guide to caring for your most essential organ – the brain. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific research, it’s packed with actionable advice on everything from optimizing your diet for brain health to stimulating your gray cells and beating stress. Along the way, it sheds light on how you can start protecting yourself against cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Who should read Biohack Your Brain?

  • Thinkers and tinkerers
  • The stressed and anxious 
  • Self-improvers

Body Optimization Books: Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi

Brain Food

Lisa Mosconi
How to Eat Smart and Sharpen Your Mind
4.6 (682 ratings)
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What's Brain Food about?

Brain Food (2018) highlights the role nutrition plays in your brain’s health. It explores the incredible brain-gut connection and reveals exactly what to eat and drink to maximize your cognitive power and prevent stress, dementia, and memory loss.

Who should read Brain Food?

  • People who want to transform sluggish minds into sharpshooters
  • Health nuts seeking simple hacks to achieve long-term well-being
  • Those who feel their brains could use a little TLC

Body Optimization Books: Clean(ish) by Gin Stephens


Gin Stephens
Eat (Mostly) Clean, Live (Mainly) Clean, and Unlock Your Body's Natural Ability to Self-Clean
4.4 (355 ratings)
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What's Clean(ish) about?

Clean(ish) (2022) is a guide to living a life that’s free from the pesticides and other toxins in our food and environment. Through anecdotes, tips, and exercises, it gently and compassionately lays out a road map to a cleaner lifestyle.

Who should read Clean(ish)?

  • Health-conscious individuals interested in living a cleaner lifestyle
  • People looking to get stronger or lose weight
  • Anyone who wants to reduce toxicity in their life

Body Optimization Books: The Power of the Downstate by Sara C. Mednick

The Power of the Downstate

Sara C. Mednick
The New Science to Ignite Energy, Enhance Sharpness, and Reclaim Balance
4.7 (579 ratings)
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What's The Power of the Downstate about?

The Power of the Downstate (2022) provides a new way of looking at how you sleep, eat, exercise, and relax. Drawing on the author’s groundbreaking research from her sleep and cognition lab, it provides evidence-based tips on how to feel more energized, less stressed, and perform at your best.

Who should read The Power of the Downstate?

  • Those who feel chronically exhausted or stressed
  • People interested in sleep science
  • Anyone interested in deepening their understanding of health and wellness

Body Optimization Books: Master Your Core by Bohdanna Zazulak

Master Your Core

Bohdanna Zazulak
A Science-Based Guide to Achieve Peak Performance and Resilience to Injury
4.3 (430 ratings)
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What's Master Your Core about?

Master Your Core (2021) provides a holistic overview of how strengthening your core can directly boost your athletic performance and mood while reducing injuries. It offers a scientific explanation of “core stability” and includes breathing, stretching, and dynamic exercises to train your core muscles and improve your overall health.

Who should read Master Your Core?

  • Desk workers who want to improve their posture and mood
  • Injury-adverse athletes looking to boost strength and power
  • Anyone craving sculpted abs with a side of mental well-being

Body Optimization Books: The Galveston Diet by Mary Claire Haver, MD

The Galveston Diet

Mary Claire Haver, MD
The Doctor-Developed, Patient-Proven Plan to Burn Fat and Tame Your Hormonal Symptoms
4.3 (181 ratings)
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What's The Galveston Diet about?

The Galveston Diet (2023) is a science-backed diet program for women experiencing perimenopause or menopause symptoms. With a focus on science-backed approaches, this diet program includes a special meal plan designed for six weeks and a variety of healthy, delicious recipes. It is designed to help women in midlife improve their overall health and wellness while managing the challenges that come with this stage of life.

Who should read The Galveston Diet?

  • Women in their mid-30s and up
  • People who want to shed some pounds
  • Fitness enthusiasts looking to maintain their weight

Body Optimization Books: Gut Feelings by Dr. Will Cole

Gut Feelings

Dr. Will Cole
Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel
4.5 (87 ratings)
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What's Gut Feelings about?

Gut Feelings (2023) illuminates the vital connections among emotions, the gut microbiome, and health. Taking a holistic approach to body, mind, and mood, the author offers a three-week plan to address the underlying causes of chronic illness, including stress, shame, suboptimal nutrition, and sleep.

Who should read Gut Feelings?

  • Self-help fans looking for mind-body approaches
  • Those looking for more clarity on their relationship with food
  • Wellness gurus looking for the latest on reducing inflammation and enjoying better health

Body Optimization Books: Eat More, Live Well by Megan Rossi

Eat More, Live Well

Megan Rossi
Enjoy Your Favourite Food and Boost Your Gut Health with The Diversity Diet
4.4 (241 ratings)
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What's Eat More, Live Well about?

Eat More, Live Well (2021) offers a fresh take on the diet and health connection, building on the importance of a diverse and thriving gut microbiome for health, well-being, and longevity.

Who should read Eat More, Live Well?

  • Frustrated calorie counters looking for a tastier way to health
  • Scientific minds curious about the relationship between gut microbes and well-being
  • Anyone looking for a more sustainable way to lose weight, increase energy, and live with more abundant health

Body Optimization Books: What Doesn't Kill Us by Scott Carney

What Doesn't Kill Us

Scott Carney
How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
4.0 (217 ratings)
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What's What Doesn't Kill Us about?

What Doesn't Kill Us (2017) investigates the human body’s potential to overcome extreme environmental conditions through engaging with frigid temperatures and high altitudes. It presents a compelling argument for the health benefits of environmental conditioning and the ways it can help individuals reconnect with their evolutionary resilience. By outlining techniques that challenge the body’s comfort, it offers a glimpse into the potential for improved physical and mental fortitude.

Who should read What Doesn't Kill Us?

  • Fitness enthusiasts interested in alternative training methods
  • Adventure sports athletes and trainers
  • Advocates of the paleo lifestyle and diet

Body Optimization Books: How Not to Age by Michael Greger

How Not to Age

Michael Greger
The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older
4.2 (362 ratings)
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What's How Not to Age about?

How Not to Age (2021) delves into the scientific understanding of the aging process, exploring biological mechanisms and lifestyle choices that can influence longevity and vitality. It offers a comprehensive look at research-based strategies, from diet and exercise to sleep and stress management, to slow down aging and improve overall health. Get practical advice, debunk the myths, and discover effective, scientifically grounded approaches to aging well.

Who should read How Not to Age?

  • Health enthusiasts 
  • People who plan to live past 100
  • Anyone curious about separating myth from fact in the anti-aging industry

Body Optimization Books: Younger for Life by Anthony Youn

Younger for Life

Anthony Youn
Feel Great and Look Your Best with the New Science of Autojuvenation
3.8 (67 ratings)
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What's Younger for Life about?

Younger for Life (2024) provides a roadmap to preventing and reversing visible signs of aging holistically. It introduces the multifactorial process of autojuvenation and offers a step-by-step guide to tapping into your body’s natural ability to renew and repair itself through foods, supplements, skincare, stress management, and in-office procedures.

Who should read Younger for Life?

  • Young adults wanting to guard against unnecessary aging
  • Older adults seeking to treat and slow signs of aging
  • Medical professionals and students interested in holistic approaches

Body Optimization Books: Quantum Body by Deepak Chopra, MD., Jack Tuszynski, PhD & Brian Fertig, MD

Quantum Body

Deepak Chopra, MD., Jack Tuszynski, PhD & Brian Fertig, MD
The New Science of Living a Longer, Healthier, More Vital Life
3.1 (58 ratings)
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What's Quantum Body about?

Quantum Body (2023) presents a groundbreaking exploration of health and well-being, delving into the intricate relationship between quantum science and our physical existence. It introduces the concept of the quantum body, an infinite, subatomic entity that profoundly influences your physical and mental state and health, yet frequently goes unrecognized.

Who should read Quantum Body?

  • Health enthusiasts interested in quantum science
  • Anyone exploring nontraditional health approaches
  • Fans of Deepak Chopra's work

Body Optimization Books: 28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day by Gin Stephens

28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day

Gin Stephens
The Ultimate Guide to Starting (or Restarting) Your Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle So It Sticks
4.3 (36 ratings)
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What's 28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day about?

28-Day FAST Start Day-By-Day (2023) offers an original intermittent fasting program for forming lasting habits, even after prior lapses. Simple daily check-ins build self-awareness and resilience as readers discover renewed health over 28 days of time-restricted eating.

Who should read 28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day?

  • Anyone seeking sustainable weight loss and improved metabolic health
  • People looking to boost energy, mental clarity, and general wellbeing
  • Individuals who've tried fasting before but struggled to stick with it

Body Optimization Books: Gut Check by Steven R. Gundry

Gut Check

Steven R. Gundry
Unleash the Power of Your Microbiome to Reverse Disease and Transform Your Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health
3.1 (254 ratings)
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What's Gut Check about?

Gut Check (2023) explores the critical role that our gut bacteria play in determining our overall health. It argues that nurturing a healthy microbiome can lead to a longer, more vibrant life, against the backdrop of conventional dietary beliefs.

Who should read Gut Check?

  • Health enthusiasts
  • Longevity seekers
  • Diet skeptics

Body Optimization Books: Beyond the Pill by Jolene Brighten

Beyond the Pill

Jolene Brighten
A 30 Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill
3.9 (36 ratings)
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What's Beyond the Pill about?

Beyond the Pill (2019) is a guide to navigating the variety of health issues caused by the birth control pill. Whether or not women continue to take the pill, they can gain insight into their mental and physical health, and take active steps to feel better.

Who should read Beyond the Pill?

  • Women currently taking the birth control pill
  • Women who have recently stopped taking the pill, or who are thinking of stopping
  • Anyone interested in the effects of hormonal contraception

Body Optimization Books: The Power of When by Michael Breus

The Power of When

Michael Breus
Discover Your Chronotype – and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More
3.0 (128 ratings)
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What's The Power of When about?

The Power of When (2016) presents a groundbreaking program that demonstrates how aligning with your body’s natural rhythm can optimize your productivity, health, and well-being. With engaging quizzes, practical advice, and fascinating facts, it allows you to discover your own chronotype and unlock your hidden potential by identifying the best times for daily activities.

Who should read The Power of When?

  • Productivity enthusiasts and life hackers
  • Health-conscious individuals and wellness advocates
  • Anyone struggling with their sleep or daily routines

Body Optimization Books: The Power of Ownership by Justin Roethlingshoefer

The Power of Ownership

Justin Roethlingshoefer
Redeem Your Health, Live Life by Design, and Break the Relentless Pursuit of Normal
5.0 (1 ratings)
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What's The Power of Ownership about?

The Power of Ownership (2024) outlines a comprehensive system for taking full control of your health, performance, and well-being. It provides a roadmap for intentionally designing an extraordinary life aligned with your deepest values and aspirations.

Who should read The Power of Ownership?

  • Anyone seeking to optimize their health and performance
  • Individuals looking to live with more energy and focus
  • Those wanting to design an extraordinary life using intention

Body Optimization Books: It's Not Hysteria by Karen Tang

It's Not Hysteria

Karen Tang
Everything You Need to Know About Your Gynecologic Health (but Were Never Told)
4.5 (2 ratings)
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What's It's Not Hysteria about?

It's Not Hysteria (2024) sheds light on the most common issues and concerns around reproductive health. Even though these issues affect almost all people with a uterus throughout their lifetime, they’re still often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or dismissed. This comprehensive guide empowers you to take control of your gynecologic health by providing information on common conditions and potential treatment options and giving practical tips.

Who should read It's Not Hysteria?

  • women and those assigned female at birth seeking to understand their reproductive health better
  • people experiencing menstrual abnormalities, pelvic issues, or other gynecological concerns
  • health-care providers looking to expand their knowledge of reproductive health conditions and treatment options

Body Optimization Books: Good Energy by Casey Means

Good Energy

Casey Means
The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health
3.9 (20 ratings)
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What's Good Energy about?

Good Energy (2024) explores the connection between metabolism and a wide range of health conditions, from depression to heart disease and cancer. These diverse ailments, it argues, can often be traced back to the same underlying issue: metabolic dysfunction. The upshot? One of the best things you can do for your health is to boost your metabolism – and that’s much simpler than you think. 

Who should read Good Energy?

  • Individuals exploring metabolic health improvement
  • Readers facing chronic health conditions
  • Health-conscious, proactive lifestyle seekers

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What's the best Body Optimization book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard The Vitamin Solution as the ultimate read on Body Optimization.

What are the Top 10 Body Optimization books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The Vitamin Solution by Romy Block and Arielle Levitan
  • In Praise of Walking by Shane O'Mara
  • The Science and Technology of Growing Young by Sergey Young
  • Biohack Your Brain by Kristen Willeumier
  • Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi
  • Clean(ish) by Gin Stephens
  • The Power of the Downstate by Sara C. Mednick
  • Master Your Core by Bohdanna Zazulak
  • The Galveston Diet by Mary Claire Haver, MD
  • Gut Feelings by Dr. Will Cole

Who are the top Body Optimization book authors?

When it comes to Body Optimization, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Romy Block and Arielle Levitan
  • Shane O'Mara
  • Sergey Young
  • Kristen Willeumier
  • Lisa Mosconi