The Longevity Paradox

How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age
by Steven R. Gundry | 384 pages

How’d you like to “die young” at a ripe old age? Well... This book gives you the how to. Dr. Steven Gundry is a former heart surgeon (plus professor and head of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine) who makes a compelling case for the idea that we need to invest a lot more time Optimizing the most ancient part of ourselves (our microbiome) if we want to extend both our life span AND our health span (aka die “young” at that ripe old age). Big Ideas we explore include genes vs. microbiome (which one matters more?), long-lived peoples (do and don't!), chronic cardio (equals chronic stress), your two brains (head + gut... which one's #1?), and got glymph? (how to wash your brain!).


“Some elements of the Longevity Paradox program may be familiar, such as eating lots of certain vegetables and getting the right amounts of exercise and sleep, while others, such as tricking your body into thinking it’s winter year-round to stimulate your stem cells and spacing out your meals to ‘wash’ your brain at night, are brand-new. These strategies have helped my patients lower their blood pressure and cholesterol markers, significantly reduce symptoms of arthritis and other joint issues, resolve MS, lupus, and other autoimmune conditions, improve heart health, and slow or reverse the progression of cancer and dementia—not to mention lose weight and look decades younger! And they accomplish this without starving, eating twigs, counting calories, or putting in hours at the gym.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, how old you feel, or how sick or healthy you may be right now. As on all the best home-makeover shows, renovations happen quickly when the people in charge have the right materials and are motivated to get the job done. If you follow my plan, within just a few weeks you’ll have more gut buddies and far fewer squatters, and you’ll start to see and feel a difference in your energy levels, in your lack of symptoms of many of the most common diseases of aging, on your skin, and on the scale.

So let’s start transforming your body into the most desirable oceanfront suite on the market for your gut bacteria. They’ll be sure to thank you with a long and healthy life.”

~ Steven R. Gundry, MD from The Longevity Paradox

How’d you like to “die young” at a ripe old age? Well… This book gives you the how to.

Dr. Steven Gundry is a former heart surgeon (plus professor and head of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University School of Medicine) who makes a compelling case for the idea that we need to invest a lot more time Optimizing the most ancient part of ourselves (our microbiome) if we want to extend both our life span AND our health span (aka die “young” at that ripe old age).

We covered another one of Dr. Gundry’s books: The Plant Paradox.

This book is endorsed by Mark Hyman (see our Notes on Eat Fat, Get Thin), Arianna Huffington (see Notes on The Sleep Revolution), and David Perlmutter (see Notes on Brain Maker and Grain Brain) along with Dr. Oz and Valter Longo, Ph.D. (director of The Longevity Institute at USC and author of The Longevity Diet).

It’s a FASCINATING look at the surprisingly powerful role our “gut buddies” play in our overall health and well-being. And, of course, it’s packed with research and ideas on how we can go about Optimizing (plus a bunch of recipes and all that jazz). Get a copy of the book here.

I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Ideas we can apply to our lives TODAY, so let’s jump in!

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About the author

Authors

Steven R. Gundry

Cardiologist, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author.