How making the right lifestyle choices will help you build a stronger immune system, lose weight and age well.
Doctor Frank Lipman is a renowned expert in what he calls Good Medicine, which he describes as ‘a blend of cutting-edge, modern medicine with age-old healing techniques from the East that takes into account your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing.’
He has just published The New Rules of Aging Well, which seeks to counter the classic ailments of old age – aches, stiffness, weakness and a vulnerability to chronic diseases – with a combination of science and ancient wisdom. This results in an eclectic set of instructions for building a stronger immune system, losing weight and ageing well – some well documented such as taking more exercise and getting more sleep, to others which are slightly more ‘new age’, such as eating mushrooms and walking barefoot. Nevertheless, his key message is supported by most medical experts – that feeling well, energetic and happy, whatever your age, is not down to luck but a consequence of lifestyle choices.
Eating less would appear to be one of the best things we can all do to counter the aging process. Dr Lipman’s suggestions that reducing the calories we consume will improve our mitochondrial function (which decreases with age) and increase longevity. He recommends organic or local produce, nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas and limited amounts of wild fish, organic poultry and little if any red meat. Keep off the alcohol, sugar and refined carbs. Not surprisingly, he is a fan of intermittent fasting, although suggests that this might include eating later in the morning and earlier in the evening to increase the gap between our first and last meals, rather than abstaining from food for lengthier periods.
According to Dr Lipman, “Considering the alternative, aging is a gift to be grateful for – and it’s up to you to age as well as you possibly can, even if you haven’t always treated your body like a temple. The good news is that many studies show that it’s never too late to launch new habits and start enjoying the health benefits. So, paying close attention to basic-but-essentials like how much you move, relax, sleep, and what you eat, it all can have a profound impact on your lifespan and healthspan (aka, how much healthy life you pack into your years).”
The New Rules of Ageing Well: A Simple Program for Immune Resilience, Strength, and Vitality by Danielle Claro and Frank Lipman is available for £17.65 and published by Artisan. We encourage you to support your local bookstore by buying the book from Bookshop.org, using the following link: