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7 Best Books for Your Chronic Illness Journey

MindBody tools for healing the Vagus Nerve and GutBrain Axis

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Have you been coping with chronic illness, trying endless supplement protocols and strict diets only to see minimal results? This article is for you.

Today we’re highlighting our top reads for anyone healing from chronic illness. Not only does it help you heal your body and mind, but it also helps you live a more fulfilling life outside of illness.

The truth is there is nothing wrong with your body. Your body naturally wants to function at the best of its ability. Quite frankly, our bodies are lazy and want to be healthy because it’s the path of least resistance for running optimally.

So, why do our bodies go astray and start to attack themselves?

First, we need to understand that the root of all chronic illness is a disruption in the body’s normal functions. Our nervous system, or our vagal nerve, controls our overall health and wellbeing. What causes these disruptions is a dysregulation of our nervous system caused by habitual stressors and invasive opportunistic pathogens. These conditions create a cascading effect on our nervous system, gut microbiome, mental health, and cellular health.

When we live in chronic stress, our bodies have an altered sense of safety and act as if we’re under constant threat. These ground-breaking books have completely changed the conversation from dealing with chronic illness to healing chronic illness. These pioneers in MindBody and Gut-Brain axis tools are changing lives daily.

Do MindBody tools work to heal autoimmune and chronic illnesses?

Yes. We have seen first-hand from ourselves and our clients, to the hundreds of thousands worldwide, that addressing stress, resolving trauma, healing the gut, and using brain-retraining exercises to improve our mental outlook dramatically change our lifestyle and well-being.

Furthermore, illness doesn’t have to be a chronic condition. It does take commitment, effort, and perseverance, but with these 7 must-reads for coping with chronic illness, you can take back control of the quality of life that is rightfully yours!

Have you read any of these books to help you on your healing journey? Which one will you pick up today?


Top 7 MindBody healing books for chronic illness:

1. The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma


2. When the Body Says No

by Gabor Maté, MD

Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection


3. Mind Over Medicine

by Lissa Rankin, MD

Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself


4. The Polyvagal Theory

by Stephen W. Porges

The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe


5. Waking the Tiger

Dr. Peter Levine

Healing Trauma with Somatic Therapies


6. The Mind-Gut Connection

Emeran Mayer, MD

How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health


7. The Gut-Immune Connection

Emeran Mayer, MD

How Understanding the Connection Between Food and Immunity Can Help Us Regain Our Health


We’d love to hear if you picked up one of these books and what you learned!

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