This book is intense. But I want to add, in a good way. Here you have an expert on health and wellbeing that is embracing the idea of aging gracefully. I love it. Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, approaches head on the notion that we can live to a hundred and beyond in vibrancy, if we are willing to listen to what our bodies are saying.
In this “radical” approach to living longer and healthier lives, she challenges the reader to not fight our bodies’ natural aging but rather to listen to it. Specifically, the cells that are crying out for attention and care before they lapse into distress. She also shares the notion and the strategies for “turning on” longevity genes and disease-promoting genes so they can go to work on our behalf.
In this book she presents seven rules for longevity and walks you through each of those rules. Additionally, she explains her “Longevity Power Plan” that enhances vitality and supports the rules in action.
What I’ve enjoyed most in reading Radical Longevity is that it’s not a book that makes the reader feel poorly if they haven’t invested in wellness to date. Rather it meets you where you are and invites you to explore your body more as a friend that wants to communicate and collaborate with you, rather than something you were simply born into and is your unchangeable vessel for life. Yes, there are some rules that are difficult to follow, no one can completely eliminate all environmental toxins—at least I don’t think so? But small measurable steps can be taken each day to be more aware and develop a cautious plan of choice. Whether the idea of longevity appeals to you or not, there are a lot of wonderful ideas within this heavily researched and science-backed book to improve your health and live a wonderful and vibrant life.
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