Are You as Young as You Look?

Despite all the advances of modern science, and our ability to understand how the human body works, too many people today feel that they’re aging too fast.

It doesn’t help that we are both beneficiaries and victims of the modern world. When the hard-wiring inside our bodies start to misfire, modern medical technology often can fix it, or at least make it more bearable. At the same time, modern life offers all kinds of roadblocks that prevent us from truly nurturing our bodies and minds. Our working lives are hectic and stressful. We struggle to turn off our laptops and put down our cellphones. We’re consistently tempted by food and drink that undermines our nutritional needs. And we barely have time to decompress, let alone follow a dedicated daily exercise routine.

But as many people have discovered, it doesn’t need to be like this. You can take more control of these aspects of your life—and countless others—if you make the necessary commitment. The healthy living choices described in Age Later encourage you to do just that. In the book, I also provide you with medical insights into the inner workings of the human body, knowledge that will help you take better care of your physical and mental health.

Age Later helps you understand the human aging process; it explains the importance of informed food choices and healthier ways of eating. You will learn how to take care of your skin, that critically important physical boundary between you and the environment you live in. You will learn the importance of exercise—activity both for your body and for your mind. All of this will enable you to take effective action to improve your health, which will make you look and feel younger.

Everyone counts the years at the same rate, according to the calendar. But there is no reason for that calendar to place limits on your health, capabilities and energy. There are many things we can do to delay or eliminate some of the biological problems of growing older—and this book will help you do just that.

Age Later will enable you to improve the quality of your life no matter how old you are (or how old you feel), but the sooner you start, the better. Ideally, everyone should be introduced to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle when they are children. Good habits formed in childhood are likely to be long-lasting and effective. It’s better to avoid damage than to have to fix it.

Looking younger is great, and living longer is wonderful, too, as long as you’re healthy enough to enjoy your extended life. But don’t forget about the real payoff: The guidelines that lead to looking younger and living younger also should lead to a more productive and fulfilling life.