From fertility struggles to being more practical in your daily life, here are some must-reads
‘Keep Sharp: Build a Better Mind at Any Age’
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Hatchet India
This book is for both young and old, who want to protect their brain from collapse and keep it young, healthy and sharp. The science-driven guide by Atlanta-based neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta also includes a 12-week plan that includes daily exercise strategies. The author provides insights from top scientists around the world to dispel myths and help readers maintain cognitive health.
For example, he explores and explains the efficacy of the so-called best diet or exercise regimen for the brain. He questions whether it is healthy to play video games that test memory and processing speed, or to engage in more social interaction. He sees the real benefits of drugs, supplements, and vitamins based on their interactions with octogenarians and non-octogenarians, who show no signs of slowing down.
‘The Good Health Always Cookbook: Recipes and Nutrition Secrets for a Better You’
Charmaine, by Charlene and Savelyn D’Souza, Penguin Random House
This book lists useful ayurvedic recipes with nutrients, that teach you how to prepare healthy and tasty food. Ayurvedic diet includes medicinal herbs, spices and spices in chutneys, gravies, pickles and other dishes to make food medicinal and tasty and healthy. Nutritionist Charmaine D’Souza says, it helps to heal the stomach and intestine and always ensures good health in a natural way.
Among the many that she writes about, barley dishes rich in vitamins, fiber, iron and amino acids are interesting and easy to prepare. For example, lemon barley makes a good soft hydrating drink in summers and is also an effective diuretic.
‘This book can heal your life’
By Helen Thomson, Hachette
We all want to be happy, stress free and successful and often try to get there with the help of spiritual and religious gurus and discourses.
In this book, award-winning science writer Helen Thomson cites scientifically proven and evidence-based research as a way out of this kind of self-help craze. She sheds light on several experiments that help to understand the surprising truth behind meditation, resilience, addiction, willpower, love, good sleep, success, dieting, antidepressants, intelligence and much more. The author encourages readers to try the experiments and see how they work to lift the mood, conquer fear, or keep depression at bay. In short, she describes her book as a myth-buster.
‘What’s a lemon squeezer doing in my vagina?’
Rohini S. by Rajagopal, Penguin Random House
The author’s five-year battle with infertility—the outrage of medical procedures, upsetting family and friends, daily worries about the outcome of treatment with hormones, follicles, and embryos—is told with promptness and wit. The first one about Rohini’s bumpy road to motherhood is an eye-opener to the fact that infertility and its downfalls don’t get the attention it deserves.
After marriage, Rohini’s life in Bangalore got back on track when she could not join the exclusive pregnancy club. She says that she just lived on that one ‘lack’ and forgot to live normally. The life experience was not only uncomfortable but put tremendous financial and emotional strain on her marriage. A sharp shame and a sense of inadequacy of not being able to bear a child stuck with her and she quit her job to write this book. He feels that this will help all those people who are going through the same pressure.