9 gut health books to buy this year

Happy January all-and welcome to the first blog post of 2019. As everyone is so focused on gut health at this time of year, I wanted to share with you my top ten gut health books to treat yourself to!

Whether you’re looking to simply learn more about your microbiome, need some tasty recipes or just want to eat a bit healthier-I’d recommend picking these up!

1. The Good Gut Guide by Liz Earle

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I go on about this quite a bit! It’s over a year since I reviewed it in full and I still think it’s the best gut guide around. Part recipe book, part introduction to all things gut health-it’s simple, readable and not at all preachy and faddy. In fact, typing this has reminded me to get my copy out again!

Buy it here or read my full review here.

2.Tummy Revolution 21 by Sara Chadwick

I received this book for review a while ago but still haven’t gotten around to doing a full write up on it! Although I am not on the LOW-FODMAP diet myself, this is a fantastic resource for anyone who is-whilst others, like me, will still enjoy the recipes.

Its information on the diet is useful and not at all faddy (thank you for acknowledging the elimination phase isn’t forever Sara!); whilst the recipes were much simpler than I expected and gave me some great inspiration. I love the idea of ‘Belly Warming Porridge’ and ‘Potato and Courgette Fritters’. There’s also dedicated meal plans, meditation, yoga and a very useful section on moving beyond the elimination diet and creating a personalised plan.

Buy it here.

3.The Calm Belly Cookbook

Another low-FODMAP recipe book that was part of my Balanced Belly Book Club a few month’s back! This is not really an in-depth low-FODMAP guide but still a solid recipe book; many of the dishes also being lactose and gluten free.

Read my full review here or buy it here.

4.Managing IBD by… er well me!

I’d be silly not to give my own book a mention-wouldn’t I? In 2017, I published Managing IBD my guide to all aspects of life with Inflammatory Bowel Disease! It covers everything from diet and supplements to medication, support networks and travel!

Buy it here and read the first chapter for free here.

5. Hassle Free, Gluten Free by Jane Devonshire

Gluten-free isn’t synonymous with good gut health but I know many of my readers are (and if you’re curious about how gluten-free could potentially help symptoms of things like IBD and IBS; give this post a read).

With royalties going to Coeliac UK (A fantastic charity) , this is a fantastic recipe book by previous Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire. Whilst recipes aren’t also dairy-free, they can easily be adapted.

Buy it here.

6.The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook by Mickey Trescott

If you have any kind of autoimmune disease, this is well worth a buy. What’s it got to do with the gut? Well, lots! The first book covers autoimmune disease and a handy quiz for your risk of developing it (Bit late for me!). It then goes on to look at things like sleep and other aspects of living well with chronic illness.

The second half covers diet; specifically, the gut nourishing Auto Immune Protocol (AIP). There are lots of lovely recipes-like how to make bone broth and a nourishing green breakfast soup. The AIP is tricky but the recipes themselves aren’t difficult-although lots do centre around meat. There’s then a meal plan and a 12-week lifestyle plan. I can’t say I would make every recipe in the book and AIP is not for everyone-but I still love the idea of a handbook for chronic illness and many sections are incredibly useful.

Buy it here.

7.The Whole-Body Microbiome: How to Harness Microbes–Inside and Out–For Lifelong Health

I’ve not had chance to read this one yet as it’s literally only just come out today-but it looks like a really interesting read. There’s so much fascinating research about our microbiome-and how it’s linked to everything from heart disease to mental health and beyond.

Buy it here.

8.The Clever Gut Recipe Book

The recipes in this one aren’t necessarily for a specific diet but instead all about nourishing your gut. However, they are also all labelled as to whether they are ‘gluten-free’ and ‘dairy free’ (most are both)

The beginning of the book also provides a brief overview of things such as prebiotics and probiotics, intermittent fasting and fermenting foods. If you are focusing on weight loss, then there is an option to use these recipes for those who are on the 5:2 diet and on an 800 calorie day. I liked how this had plenty of meat and fish recipes (as many health focused books tend to be plant based).

Buy it here or read my full review here.

9. The Stress Solution by Rangan Chatterjee

One of the best things any of us can do for our gut health is get a handle on stress (Don’t believe me? Read this post on how stress affects the gut)

I loved Dr Rangan’s last book and he talks so much sense when it comes to our health. This one was only released a few days ago but it’s definitely on my must-read list!

Buy it here

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  1. January 1, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    Thanks for a really fantastic (and timely post). I honestly love your book, it was a god send whilst travelling to Australia and keep referring to it time and time again.
    Recipe books are always great, i’m currently on low fodmap so tummy revolution and calm belly look really great and will definitely be on my list. However, given the spirit of new year and trying to reset mind, body and purpose for 2019, Dr. Chatterjee’s book would be my choice!

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Healthyglobetrotting
      January 2, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      Ah I am so glad you liked it- and so happy you liked my book too!

  2. Alice Dixon
    January 1, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    Calm Belly cookbook, seems very unique and definitely something I’d like to try as I have a sensitive stomach

    • Healthyglobetrotting
      January 2, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      It’s a really great read

  3. karen latif
    January 1, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    Love to read whole body micro biome because I have been fascinated reading about the relationship of microbes in our gut to our general health.

    • Healthyglobetrotting
      January 2, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      It’s so interesting!

  4. andrea tinkler
    January 1, 2019 / 9:34 pm

    The good gut guide. I think this may help me as I have so many gut realted problems that i need to sort out. I know most is through my diet but I need to read more about it

    • Healthyglobetrotting
      January 2, 2019 / 3:40 pm

      would 100% recommend it

  5. Amanda Graham
    January 2, 2019 / 7:44 am

    The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook looks really interesting!

  6. Christopher Powell
    January 2, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    Your own book Managing IBD would be my choice. I thought I’d made a lot of progress by doing elimination diets and using Fodmap books as a guide but have had some serious flare ups the last few months so plan to try some more methods this year.

  7. January 2, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    The whole-body micro biome sounds really interesting. I think it would offer a really in-depth insight into the relationship between our gut and our overall health. Although all of these books look great as I’m always after new healthy recipe ideas!

  8. January 2, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    I bought The Good Gut guide and The Calm Belly Cookbook on your recommendation, Jenna – and I love them both. Full of useful info and delicious recipes! Happy New Year x

  9. Carole Nott
    January 2, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    Would love to receive Managing IBD as i have a close family member who would find this most helpful

  10. Karen Durrant
    January 8, 2019 / 6:24 am

    They all look like great books but I would read the Autoimmune Wellness book . As I have Fibromyalgia and Graves’ disease I think this might help enormously with my health

  11. Elizabeth Cooke
    January 9, 2019 / 9:48 am

    These all sound brilliant, I’m definitely putting them all on the wishlist! But my first choice would be The Good Gut Guide by Liz Earle. Your review gets me really excited, as it seems like a great all-rounder that I can roll with straight away!

  12. Michelle Smith
    January 9, 2019 / 11:06 am

    The Liz Earle book I love her beauty products so I’m interested in reading her book

  13. Dale Dow
    January 9, 2019 / 11:06 am

    The Autoimmune Wellness book is definitely one that appeals to me as both my husband and I have autoimmune conditions

  14. paula cheadle
    January 10, 2019 / 12:33 am

    HASSLE FREE, GLUTEN FREE BY JANE DEVONSHIRE, need some new ideas for my meals, I get fed up with the same foods all the time

  15. Elzbieta Znyk
    January 10, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    THE STRESS SOLUTION BY RANGAN CHATTERJEE, because I live in very stressful life so this book would be perfect for me.

  16. Julie Edwards
    January 11, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    The stress solution would be perfect for me

  17. Helen Craigs
    January 12, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    I’m most interested in reading ‘HASSLE FREE, GLUTEN FREE’ so I can inject some variation into my gluten free diet!

  18. Angela Macdonald
    January 12, 2019 / 9:33 pm

    I would love to read the Clever Guts Diet book , I am trying to lose excess weight, I also have an irritable stomach and I would love to find a regime which makes me feel great from the inside.

  19. Roisin McGuckin
    January 13, 2019 / 1:21 am

    The Calm belly or hassle free gluten free would be great

  20. sarah dunsbee
    January 13, 2019 / 1:22 am

    They all sound interesting but Liz Earle is a great favourite of mine and my mother, and as you said it was the best too!…

  21. Sheila Reeves (CakeReev)
    January 13, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    I’d like The Good Gut Guide by Liz Earle – have read some of her previous books, but not one for stomach/gut health – although a lot of her other books deal with the whole body not just skin

  22. Samantha Parfitt
    January 13, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    3.THE CALM BELLY COOKBOOK would be my choice. My whole family suffers with IBS in different forms and my son and I have both developed it as a result. We are also finding stress and nerves really affects us and as we both suffer from anxiety too I think this could be a really useful good read as well as giving me some great meal ideas to keep us all nourished and full.

  23. Adrian Bold
    January 13, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    I would love to win HASSLE FREE, GLUTEN FREE BY JANE DEVONSHIRE for my Mum who can’t have gluten.

  24. Margaret Gallagher
    January 13, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    AUTOIMMUNE WELLNESS BOOK would be an INVALUABLE resource for myself – Will learn so much abd aid a healthier new year

  25. Dawn F
    January 13, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    I am most excited by The Autoimmune Wellness handbook because I have an autoimmune disease myself and could use the advice.

  26. Kate Phillips
    January 13, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book looks down-to-earth, sensible, with a lot of info to impact health and I’m keen to take a look.

  27. Clare Ollif
    January 13, 2019 / 11:35 pm

    So excited to read the good gut guide by Liz Earle. I love that she is dealing with the inside to help with outside beauty as well as health. I’m a big fan f her books and this is the one I’ve most been looking forward to.

  28. Kirsty Bowers
    January 14, 2019 / 7:15 am

    The autoimmune book looks good. I’m always looking for recipes to help me

  29. jo liddement
    January 14, 2019 / 8:26 am

    The Whole Body Micro Biome looks a fascinating book. It’s wonderful to think we can help prevent heart disease and mental health problems by keeping our guts healthy and i would love to learn more by reading this book.

  30. Matt Brasier
    January 14, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook looks really interesting!

  31. Georgia Cranwell
    January 14, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    Hassle free gluten free

  32. Tracey Whysall
    January 14, 2019 / 10:10 pm

    Tummy revolution 21 looks good!

  33. Anastasia
    January 15, 2019 / 8:17 am

    Managing IBD, I have been sick for so long I would give anything to live some calm days. I am always open to suggestions about handling IBD and living life to the fullest

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