The Longevity Paradox Review: The toxic savagery of lectins in your guts!

The Longevity Paradox Review

In my basement office with my HEAVILY tabbed The Longevity Paradox

I’m glad you decided to read The Longevity Paradox review. It’s one of my favorite books on longevity. One of the things I love about The Longevity Paradox is that it’s based on Dr. Gundry’s personal experience as well as his thirty years of experience as a highly renowned heart surgeon.

He discusses how he watched so many of his heart surgery patients fail to get healthy after surgery based on the generally accepted dietary advice. He explains his search to find solutions that the “established” medical authorities either ignored or didn’t even bother to look into.

And the more he tracked and worked with his patients, the more he realized that all paths lead to the “gut” and its microbiome as the starting point for healthy longevity.

Dr. Gundry also writes about his own struggles with losing weight and improving his health and shares stories from patients who have successfully reversed chronic disease by simply following his dietary advice.

This lets readers know that Dr. Gundry “gets it.” He’s been there himself.

It’s why he is on this crusade to give readers a clear pathway to building their own health plan and becoming their healthiest selves.

And it’s why The Longevity Paradox is one of the most highly rated books on longevity. It’s also a favorite of some other well known doctors…

Testimonials for The Longevity Paradox:

•  “In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. 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 OF THE CLEVELAND CLINIC CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE AND #I NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOOD: WHAT THE HECK SHOULD I EAT? (I subscribe to Dr. Hyman’s newsletter)

• “We’re often told that future scientific research will provide an elixir that will allow us to live longer and healthier. 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 for enhancing and extending our precious existence.” – DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD, AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS GRAIN BRAIN AND BRAIN MAKER (I’ve reviewed the book Grain Brain if you’re interested.)

• “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 (I’m going to have to get this book to contrast his ideas with Dr. Gundry’s. Then I’ll review it.)

Who is Dr. Steven R. Gundry?

Steven Gundry, MD is a world-renowned cardiologist, heart surgeon, medical researcher, and author, who has performed over 10,000 heart surgeries. After having to repair that many hearts, Dr. Gundry decided there had to be a better way. It took a lot of research for him to find it.

He has spent over three decades researching and perfecting his theories on the causes of chronic disease and aging. His work has led him to develop a unique nutritional program that he believes can help people live longer, healthier lives.

Dr. Gundry is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in surgery at Stanford University Medical Center and his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the UCLA Medical Center. He is a board-certified cardiac surgeon and was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine.

In 2002, Dr. Gundry founded The International Heart & Lung Institute in Palm Springs, CA, where he currently serves as Director. The institute is dedicated to the research and treatment of chronic diseases of the heart and lungs.

Dr. Gundry has authored several books on his theories on diet and health, including:

• “The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain;”

• “The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age;”

• “The Energy Paradox;” and,

• “Unlocking The Keto Code,” his own personal take on how to integrate his research and the Keto diet into your lifestyle.

He has also created a line of Dr. Gundry supplements and skincare products based on his research. My wife Lisa and I use several of them, mainly Vital Reds and Primal Greens.

We’ve all been there…

We all know the feeling – we start out with the best of intentions. We’re going to hit the gym three times a week, eat healthy meals prepared at home, and get eight hours of sleep every night. But then life happens.

We miss a workout here and there, indulge in unhealthy foods, and stay up later than we should, scrolling through social media. Before long, our healthy habits have fallen by the wayside and we’re back to our old ways.

Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. According to a study conducted by Duke University, 80 percent of Americans don’t meet the basic criteria for a healthy lifestyle.

But there is hope! The Longevity Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry M.D. can put you on the road to a healthier lifestyle – and a longer life.

The Longevity Paradox also offers practical advice such as grocery lists, meal plans, and recipes for nutritious meals. It even includes a 10-day action plan to get started right away!

All these tools make it easier to stick to your goals – whether that means exercising more, eating better foods, avoiding toxins, or simply taking better care of yourself.

By making small changes in our lifestyles, we can start building healthier habits and extend our lifespans. The Longevity Paradox is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to make lasting improvements in their overall health and wellness.

The most important point of Dr. Gundry’s The Longevity Paradox:

But the greatest concern and the center point of Dr. Gundry’s thesis is that tiny proteins called lectins, which exist in most grains, beans, and in many other foods, cause unavoidable damage to your intestinal tract. They are the defense mechanisms that plants evolved to protect them from…us.

Lectins open holes in our gut that then allow larger molecules to pass through causing inflammation in and around our intestines. Careful diet choices and the use of ‘lectin blockers’ when we go out to eat, can protect us from lectins and increase our protection from all manner of diseases.

Of all the books on longevity, this is the only one focused on healing the gut by protecting us from lectins.

I was also disappointed when I read other longevity paradox reviews. Most of them never mentioned Dr. Gundry’s focus on healing your gut or removing lectins from your diet.

Benefits to following The Longevity Paradox guidelines:

There are many benefits to following The Longevity Paradox edicts, as outlined by Dr. Steven Gundry in his book of the same name. By following the recommendations set forth in the book, you can improve your overall health and well-being, and extend your life span. Plain and simple.

Some of the benefits of following the longevity paradox include:

–  Reduced risk of disease and illness

–  Improved cognitive function

–  Increased energy levels (That’s why Lisa and I take his Vital Reds, Primal Greens and Power Phenols. Polyphenols go straight to your mitochondria and kick you energy right in the…

–  Better sleep quality

–  Reduced stress levels

–  Stronger immune system

Part of my collection of healthy longevity books

A few of my healthy longevity books. See book reviews

Common Strategies to Improve Longevity Under the Plan

There are a lot of different ways to improve healthy longevity, but some common strategies include:

– Eating healthy and staying active: This is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health and longevity. Eating nutritious foods and getting regular exercise will help keep your body functioning at its best.

– Avoiding unhealthy habits: Smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and engaging in other risky behaviors can take a toll on your health and shorten your lifespan. So, it’s important to avoid these habits if you want to live a long and healthy life.

– Managing stress: Stress can have negative effects on your health, so it’s important to find ways to manage it. This may include exercise, meditation techniques, or counseling.

– Making social connections: Social interactions are important for both mental and physical health. Loneliness and social isolation has been linked with decreased lifespan, so it’s important to make sure you have plenty of social interactions in your life.

Foods to Eat and Avoid in Dr. Gundry’s Diet

In general, the foods to eat on Dr. Gundry’s diet are those that are high in nutrients and low in toxins. This means plenty of specific vegetables, as well as lean proteins and healthy fats. Some of the specific foods to include in your diet are: leafy green vegetables, berries, cruciferous vegetables, nuts and seeds, olive oil, fish, and chicken.

On the other hand, there are certain foods that you should avoid on Dr. Gundry’s diet. These include processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, artificial sweeteners, and processed meats. Essentially, all the things we’ve already been warned about if we’ve read any other books about Healthy Longevity.

He also sets limits on fruit. He prefers that you only eat fruits when they are in season. And he recommends avoiding high-sugar bananas (16 grams of sugar in one banana!) and replacing them with low-sugar berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. (I still cheat. I can’t bear not having any bananas…)

By navigating through these foods as Dr. Gundry recommends, you can improve your overall health and longevity.

Lisa and I did it; you can too!

Final Thoughts on The Longevity Paradox

In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry M.D. provides readers with a comprehensive guide to achieving optimal health and longevity. He discusses the importance of diet, exercise, stress management, and supplements in achieving a long and healthy life. And he goes to great lengths to explain why he believes lectins are the greatest threat to longevity.

He also debunks many of the myths surrounding aging and provides readers with practical advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that can lead to a shortened lifespan. And he makes sure you understand the inflammatory threat to your gut made by lectins.

Lisa and I actually went hard-core into Dr. Gundry’s dietary guidelines.

After six months, we decided to mellow out a bit and try to meld what we learned from Dr. Gundry with what we learned from David Sinclair’s Lifespan, Dave Asprey’s Super Human, Life Force by Tony Robbins, and the other healthy longevity books we’ve studied.

We continue to use several of Dr. Gundry’s products including Vital Reds, alternated monthly with his Primal Greens, so we get a full dose of polyphenols because we aren’t very good at eating vegetables (okay, we suck at eating veggies), plus his Power Phenols.

In case I didn’t mention it, polyphenols energize the mitochondria in your cells and mitochondria are the power sources within ALL your cells. If you want more energy, you want more polyphenols.

We also use his Lectin Blocker, because even when we were focused solely on his diet, going out to restaurants or to friends’ homes for meals made it impossible to avoid lectins. So we just take it daily and problem solved.

One last item. Dr. Gundry, like everyone in the healthy longevity arena, has a “shtick.” In his case, it’s lectins and the gut. That means that this is a great book for really understanding your gut and its connection to almost every system in your body.

This is really important to know and nobody else gets into the specifics of the gut like Dr. Gundry.

However, you need to take the lectins rants with a grain of salt. No one else seems to be quite as worried about lectins as Dr. Gundry, and he has his share of detractors on the Internet. Not to mention, if you go all in like Lisa and I did with Dr. Gundry’s advice, you’ll start to hate eating and going out to eat will be a nightmare.

That’s why Lisa and I backed off on some of his more extreme recommendations. But as I said before, we’ve integrated his advice into our diet and we use several of his products.

Finally, the book is well-researched and easy to read, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in achieving optimal health. Dr. Gundry offers readers a unique perspective on aging and provides us with vauable tools we can all use to live a long and healthy life. Good reading…

The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age!

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