A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being
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Spontaneous Healing . . . Eight Weeks to Optimum
Health . . . Eating Well for Optimum Health . . . The
Healthy Kitchen–in each of his widely acclaimed, best-
selling books, Dr. Andrew Weil has been an authoritative
and companionable guide through a uniquely effective
combination of traditional and nontraditional approaches to
health and healthy living. Now he gives us a book about
aging that is unlike any other in the breadth and depth of
its information and understanding. Hugely informative,
practical, and uplifting, it is infused with the engaging
candor and common sense that have been the hallmarks of all
At the heart of Healthy Aging is Dr. Weil’s belief that
although aging is an irreversible process, there are myriad
things we can do to keep our minds and bodies in good
working order through all phases of life. To that end, he
draws on the new science of biogerentology (the biology of
aging) as well as on the secrets of healthy longevity–
diet, activity, and attitude–that he has gathered firsthand
from cultures around the world.
In Part One–“The Science and Philosophy of Healthy Aging”–
he explains how the body ages, and he explores the impact
of gender, genes, environment, and lifestyle on an
individual’s experience and perception of the process of
aging. He describes the various would-be elixirs of life
extension–herbs, hormones, and antiaging “medicines”–
separating myth from fact and clearly delineating the
difference between the spurious notions of preventing or
reversing the process of aging and the real possibilities
of inhibiting or delaying the onset of diseases that become
more likely as we age. He writes movingly about the ways in
which an acceptance of aging can be a significant part of
doing it well, and of recognizing and appreciating the
great rewards of growing older: depth and richness of
experience, complexity of being, serenity, wisdom, and its
own kind of power and grace.
In Part Two–“How to Age Gracefully”–Weil details an easy-to-
implement Anti-inflammatory Diet that will protect the
immune system and aid your body in resisting and adapting
to the changes that time brings. And he provides extensive
practical advice on exercise; preventive health care;
stress management; physical, mental, and emotional
flexibility; and spiritual enhancement–all of which can
help you achieve and maintain the best health throughout
the lifelong process of aging.
Healthy Aging–a book for people of all ages–is Andrew
Weil’s most important and far-reaching book yet.
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