Review: Unleash the Power of the Female Brain (With Giveaway!)

The female brain is an amazingly awesome thing. And being healthy helps EVERYTHING.
The female brain is an amazingly awesome thing. And being healthy helps EVERYTHING.

When I first got Unleash the Power of the Female Brain here at FBG HQ, my first thought was: “Female brain. Why does it have to be a female brain?” Then I saw that the book was written by a dude, and the feminist in me got all fired up. But, after sitting down and actually, you know, reading it, I learned that — in fact — men and women do have different brains. And that that’s actually kind of awesome and extremely interesting. Like they say, don’t judge a book by its cover. Or, in this case, its author or title.

Dr. Daniel Amen writes one heck of a book. Similar to this recently reviewed bookUnleash the Power of the Female Brain is all about the stuff between your ears. But instead of the book being just about using your brain to help you lose weight, this book focuses more on overall well-being. From, as the sub-title says, better health, energy, mood, focus and sex (yep!), it promises a lot, but it also delivers a lot.

Each chapter focuses on different ways to boost your brain power and health. From understanding why the female brain is different (spoiler: it has to do with hormones!) to how to properly feed, soothe and even control the brain, it’s a pretty heady read (Get it? Har har!) that’s really interesting if you’re okay with diving into the science side of things. At the end of every chapter, there’s even an hour-long exercise to help you do everything from learn from your self-perceived mistakes to make your kitchen healthier to make your worries work for you.

I liked that this book covered the gamut of wellness issues for females: fertility, pregnancy, menopause, weight, stress, anxiety, insomnia and relationships. But what I loved about it was that it’s really about helping you to recognize how taking care of and treating your brain as important as your heart is super important. The brain is an essential part of who we are, yet so often we do things that don’t support brain health (like drinking too much, having repetitive negative thoughts and skimping on sleep). Yes, it’s a dense read with A LOT of science and big multi-syllable words, but just a couple chapters in and I guarantee you’ll start taking your brain into consideration more and making better decisions to help support it.

Do you consider brain health to be important? Tell us why or why not in the comments below and one random U.S. reader will win a copy in about a week! —Jenn


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  1. This looks like a great read! Health is about so much more than just physical well-being, but rather an emotional, mental, and physical balance. Thanks for the review FBG!

  2. Brain health is so important … as equally important as physical health. I don’t think you’re truly “healthy” until both are in sync.

  3. Absolutely! I watch Dr Amen and his wife on PBS–fascinating stuff. This book looks awesome and thanks for the chance to win it.

  4. Absolutely brain health is important! I try to keep my brain healthy by doing word puzzles, etc. and I try to eat a diet high in antioxidants and omega-3’s but I still eat the sugar which is not good for the brain.

  5. Brain health is extremely important! It affects everything in your life. Relationships, career, happiness, everything!

  6. When you think about our mission to maintain health, a female’s brain can specifically work against you. Specifically Dr. Amen talked about female’e empathy which causes us to put others first before we take care of ourselves. How many women say they don’t have time to workout or plan meals because of this or that child/parent/friend/spouse? I have heard Dr. Amen speak and interested in learning more.

  7. I absolutely agree! My grandmother kept her brain healthy when her body began to fail her (doing puzzles, reading, eating properly), and she was sharp until the day she passed. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I think brain/mental health is SO important! Just like with your muscles if you don’t use it you lose it. I can see such a difference between my 2 Grandmas -one is very active/does word puzzles/ plays cards vs the other that watches lots of TV.
    I would love to read this book and gain some scientific perspective on some of my stressors and tools to change. Thanks for the chance you guys are awesome!

  9. The brain is the control center for our existence. Knowing how to keep it healthy is an important matter to me.

  10. Brain health is just as important as body health! I have seen friends with brain injuries (mainly from sports) and age affect people, and I would want to do my best to keep my brain healthy and in-shape. You put forth effort to keep your body healthy, and I want to keep my brain sharp as long as possible as well.

  11. Brain health is health really. If our hormones and brain chemicals are out of whack, the health and operation of everything else is in jeopardy. Dr. Amen takes wholistic health to an entire new level by including how we keep our brains healthy!

  12. After watching my grandmother loser her battle to Alzheimer’s Disease, I realized how important it is to keep your brain healthy and happy, and that it’s never too late to start! The brain controls how we feel, how we act, and how our whole body is doing.

  13. Is brain health important to me? Absolutely! I believe in the “Use it or lose it” philosophy. As I aim to live a long and healthy life, keeping a sharp mind is a priority.
    This book seems like an interesting read; I look forward to it!

  14. Brain health is super important – as much if not more than physical health. What an interesting book this sounds like!

  15. It is so very important to overall health! I love learning more about we can make our bodies better. I would love a chance at getting this book – I’ve had a couple seizures and the doctors I’ve seen have no idea what’s going on.

  16. The brain is extremely important. Watching people who have experienced some sort of loss in brain function because of trauma, stroke, Alzheimer’s, to name a few, shows me the importance of brain health. I know for me as I get more stressed I don’t think clearly and I eat without thinking. I want to stay on top of my health in all of these ways. This sounds like an amazing book.

  17. I work for a small sized (mostly female) company that promotes health and wellness in corporate settings. We do everything from staffing on-site fitness centers to creating wellness campaigns, doing health screenings, seminars-you name it, we do whatever companies need us to go to keep their employees healthy!
    We are a very research based staff and are constantly wanting to learn new and innovative ways to serve not only our clients but work with one another as a cohesive group. There is a small group of us that hold an ongoing book club and we aim to read books that will not only build us skills in the workplace but inspire us to be better as women. This looks like a perfect book for our next group read and discussion!