The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age (The Plant Paradox #4) (Hardcover)
From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Plant Paradox comes a groundbreaking plan for living a long, healthy, happy life.
From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live forever, until they hit middle age and witness the suffering of their parents and even their peers. So how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age—but enjoy the benefits of youth?
This groundbreaking book holds the answer. Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well—one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies.
Our gut bugs—the bacteria that make up the microbiome—largely determine our health over the years. From diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s to common ailments like arthritis to our weight and the appearance of our skin, these bugs are in the driver’s seat, controlling our quality of life as we age.
The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them—and you—thrive. In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, The Longevity Paradox offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital.
Steven R. Gundry, MD, is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder and director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. After a distinguished surgical career as a professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University, Dr. Gundry changed his focus to curing modern diseases via dietary changes. He is the bestselling author of The Longevity Paradox, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy, and Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution, and has written more than three hundred articles published in peer-reviewed journals on using diet and supplements to eliminate heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and multiple other diseases. Dr. Gundry lives with his wife, Penny, and their dogs in Palm Springs and Montecito, California.
“In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry upends many long-held beliefs about aging, debunking common misconceptions and making the provocative yet persuasive argument that the length and quality of our lives is a function of the health of our microbiome. Practical, informative, and hopeful, this book will change the way you think about aging.” — Mark Hyman, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
“The Longevity Paradox offers a fresh perspective on an existential question: how can we live a long life and grow old while still enjoying the physical and mental qualities of being young? What Dr. Gundry shows us is not only that it’s possible to thrive as we age, but that the power to do it lies in our own hands (or, more accurately, our guts). It’s an essential read for anybody who’s growing older – which is to say, everybody.” — Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive
“The Longevity Paradox is a well-written, entertaining tour of your generally friendly neighborhood microbiome that will help you learn to live younger and longer.” — Dr. Oz
“We’re often told that future scientific research will provide an elixir that will not only allow us to live longer, but live healthier as well. But as Dr. Gundry deftly reveals in The Longevity Paradox, we have those tools in hand, right now, that can open the door to a longer and healthier life experience. This highly empowering text leverages leading-edge research and provides a user-friendly interface enhancing and extending our precious existence.” — David Perlmutter, MD, author of New York Times bestseller Grain Brain and Brain Maker
“In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry translates the complex science of aging into a clear, actionable plan. If you want to live longer and healthier, this is the best book on the subject.” — Dale Bredesen, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Alzheimer’s
“Dr. Gundry has already helped many of the millions of people who are suffering from inflammatory disorders. Now, in The Longevity Paradox, he shows readers how to fend off the inflammation that contributes to disease and decline with age.” — Valter Longo, PhD, Director of the Longevity Institute, USC, and bestselling author of The Longevity Diet
“In his latest, readers will find Dr. Gundry’s friendly demeanor, sound advice, and compassionate motivational techniques unchanged as he takes a closer look at the aging process and examines a variety of ways to mitigate the damage done to the body across a lifetime. A proactive, manageable, and practical approach to stemming the aging tide.” — Kirkus Reviews