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Healthy Aging

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  871 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Hugely informative, practical, and uplifting. Healthy Aging is infused with the engaging candor and common sense that have made Dr. Andrew Weil our most trusted source on healthy living.


– The Anti-inflammatory Diet: following Dr. Weil's guide to eating right for a healthy lifestyle

Separating myth from fact about vitamins, herbs, hormones
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Anchor (first published 2005)
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Jul 12, 2007 Jennings rated it really liked it
Shelves: healthwellbeing
I enjoy reading every health/fitness newsbite that comes along, so many books on the subject seem to be rehashes but with a lot more words, to pump up the price. There's a lot of that in this book: Get enough sleep? Well, duh!

That said, the explanation of the whole anti-inflammation thing was very well done, there is an excellent guide of things to look for in a vitamin supplement, and the section dealing with the inevitability of aging and death made the whole book worthwhile -- simply liberati
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Mar 04, 2015 Kathy Worrell ツ rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Ugh! It's like listening to someone read the dictionary.

It would be better as a reference novel, for glancing through on specific information.
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Sep 24, 2011 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: super health nuts and perhaps organic grains
2.5 starts actually.

The adage: "getting old is not for sissies" should be the subtitle for this book. Although Weil does so kindly and realistically the truth of the matter is there is nothing we can do to completely stop aging. But we can live a healthy life, a balanced life, a contemplative life.

This book is an overview of one of my favorite health, diet and well being books by this Physician/new age science guru who mixes Eastern and Western medical advice. He debunks a lot of myths, tells yo
Dec 30, 2008 Karol rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
This book had some very interesting information and I agree with the doctor's approach. However, for me, the first half of the book was a waste of time. That's because I do want to age gracefully, not reverse the aging process nor mask it with cosmetic surgery or expensive skin treatments. So the first half of the book, which scientifically explains the aging process, explains why it cannot be reversed, and debunks the effectiveness of expensive and popular attempts to mask the appearance of age ...more
Josh Fish
Mar 23, 2013 Josh Fish rated it it was amazing
As a fairly health conscious person to begin with, Weil really cemented my resolve in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as teaching me a lot about the process of aging. I've been sort of on the band wagon lately of not eating many carbohydrates (per primal/palio diets) but this book really emphasized that the human body needs a variety of fruits and vegetables more than most anything else. We need protien and carbs for energy and tissue growth sure but for all of the good healthy nutrients ...more
Richard Beaty
Nov 05, 2009 Richard Beaty rated it really liked it
This is the second time I've read this book. It is a good look at the processes one goes through as we age through life. It gives a good perspective on what happens with our bodies, minds and spirits as we grow older. It provides cultural perspectives on age. It provides suggestions for the care of one's self throughout life so that the time we spend will, for as long as possible, be healthy in all ways. It acknowledges that we all will come to the end of life - but it provides guidance on reach ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Rogine rated it really liked it
This is possibly one of the most informative source I came across regarding the topic of aging and longevity. I cannot emphasize how much this book helped me in understanding the process of aging and how one can face it with grace and acceptance. Dr. Andrew Weil covers the science and technicalities of aging as well as the personal and spiritual journey one faces in this process.

This is an interesting source for me because Weil did not only talk about the topic as a doctor but also as a person
Apr 10, 2010 Helynne rated it really liked it
In this study, the 60-plus Dr. Weil urges readers to forget about cosmetic surgeries and other fruitless ways to seek a modern-day fountain of youth, and instead, to respect the inevitable process of aging and take steps to make sure one’s advancing golden years are as healthy and comfortable as possible. He warns about the “unrelenting images and messages from the media that tell us that youth is where it’s at, that growing old is a disaster, that the worth of life peaks early,” (119-20), and h ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Gordon rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind, health
A must read for any adult, regardless of age. Andrew Weil is a prolific writer on health, nutrition, and now aging. I was attracted to the writer by references from endurance athletes and realized he'd written a comprehensive guide on aging - gracefully; acceptingly; in mind, body and spirit; and with the greatest amount of satisfaction, good health, and awareness. I figured I could learn something to put to use for my aging mother as well as myself and family. If you can get through the first c ...more
Janet Gardner
Feb 13, 2015 Janet Gardner rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this, even though much of the information was familiar to me. I like Weil's integrative approach to health--the science is sound, but pills and radical interventions are last choices, after working with diet, exercise, etc. I live a fairly healthy lifestyle, but this was a good reminder of what I'm doing right and wrong. Favorite new concept I encountered: the "ethical will," which is essentially a document bequeathing your accumulated thoughts, wisdom, and beliefs to those you love. I m ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best on the topics of living life well into your sunset years.

Healthy Aging details fitness and nutrition strategies and some of the current advice still holds true even though the copyright date is circa 2002 or 2005 if memory serves.

A classic guide to healthy aging.

I check all my books out of the library as I no longer have shelf space on my bookcase.

Will buy a Kindle Fire soon to be able to support authors by buying e-books.

I can at least buy e-books if I can't fit har
Apr 24, 2008 Mace rated it really liked it
This book is a follow up to his best seller Eight Weeks to Optimum Health and it includes many of his dietary suggestions outlined in his 8 week program. I enjoyed Dr. Weil's conclusions and case studies about longevity theory pertaining to Okinawan centurions in Japan.

Extraordinary longevity and documented cases, both male and females living in Okinawa, Japan. Key diet variables impacting this statistical mystery is their regular consumption of both Goya and Tumeric.

Goya (a bitter cucumber) is
May 27, 2009 AuthorsOnTourLive! rated it it was amazing
Dr. Andrew Weil, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is the author of 10 previous books including Spontaneous Healing, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health and, with Rosie Daley, The Healthy Kitchen. Now Dr. Weil gives us, Healthy Aging : A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being, 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 c ...more
Aug 23, 2016 Cathy rated it liked it
This was good, but I think Part One of the book should have been shortened. The first half concentrated on why aging should be accepted rather than fought against. I agree with Dr Weil's points on this topic, but didn't need 7 chapters covering it.
Mar 03, 2016 Kconrad2k rated it really liked it
I got a lot of valuable information on how to age gracefully which included the anti-inflammatory diet, supplements and physical activity among others. But I really liked his chapter on the value of aging chapter. There are some great corollaries between why we appreciate older whisky, wine, cheese, and antiques and seniors.
Bob Klein
Feb 25, 2009 Bob Klein rated it liked it
Andrew Weil is amazing. Love to have a 1-hour audience with him to talk allergies and nutrition given my wierdo allergies. I didn't learn as much from the book (that I didn't already know) as I thought I might. This is probably a great first-read for some (older) one not familiar with Weil, Integrative Medicine, or who hasn't been paying attention to discourse on health. Recommended (for the right audience). I think I'll try 8 Weeks to Optimum Health next.
Sandra Guerfi
Dec 30, 2014 Sandra Guerfi rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a very informative book about how our bodies react to all kinds of stimulants and chemicals that we input on a daily basis. It was also a horrifying close up of the damage that we unknowingly do to ourselves and how diseases are affecting us. Do not read this if you do not want to know about the kinds of damage that can be caused by things we take as an everyday part of life. However, Weil does show us how we can try to better our life and how to take advantage of nature's gifts to help ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan and groupie of Andrew Weil. I've read other books of his and seen programs by him, and he grabs me each time I read/see him. He teaches good common sense about getting older, and some techniques and foods, herbs, drugs, etc. that can help make that process a little kinder. Ways to avoid some of the hard diseases like cancer, alzheimers, and so forth make logical sense. Not foolproof, but a good thing to try. I think his knowledge and experience are great examples for us to listen t ...more
An interesting take on living a healthy life. The book's basic message is that we should strive to feel our best at any age rather than attempting to cling to youth. This book has the same basic philosophies as Weil's other books. He believes all of us could benefit from supplements, but they can not replace healthy diet and lifestyle. He is vehemently against products that promise to reverse or stop the aging process. I find his advice works better for me in theory than in practice, but I do tr ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Gabrielle rated it really liked it
Really awesome. I have always liked Dr. Weil's reasonable down-to-earth approach. His ideas about what he calls "compression of morbidity" (living most of life as a healthy and well person, with a rapid, short decline at the end of life, rather than hanging on and suffering with many old-age ailments) are explained well here and he has many sensible suggestions for how to start living now to try to attain this goal. (This book is not "just for old people!")
Mar 25, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
Is it a coincidence that I picked up and read this book within a day of my 51st birthday? And with my 81-year-old dad rehabbing in a nursing home? I think not. Any tips on how to stay healthy, and live independently, as long as possible are of keen interest to me. Although this book was published in 2005, Weil's suggestions and insights largely hold true 11 (!!) years later. (I can't believe 2005 was 11 years ago!!!) Eat right (mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains and avoid too many animal-ba ...more
P.J. Sullivan
This book aims not to extend life or to reverse the aging process but to “compress the morbidity” of aging. “To keep our bodies and minds in good working order” as we age. It urges acceptance of aging. A blend of science, medicine, philosophy, and psychology, it draws on both Western and Eastern medical and philosophical approaches. It offers a twelve-point program for healthy aging, which includes an anti-inflammatory diet.

A good discussion of the role of inflammation in the body and how to kee
Jan 05, 2011 Eden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Judy Knight
Oct 14, 2011 Judy Knight rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-again
This is a book recommended by my phisician. I finally have an understanding of the Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in our diets. The chemistry is a little heavy but Dr. Weil tries to keep his topics gaged to the average reader; he promotes an anti-inflamatory approach to eating. He definitely has a great approach to aging--not the normal anti-aging search so popular in our society. This book would be helpful for anyone to read.
Dec 06, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book and I learned a lot about how our bodies work, use nutrients, what the aging mechanism is, etc. He makes a lot of sense. In fact, he explained a test my mother-in-law just had done and I'm hoping she will listen to it. I am also glad the author was the one reading the book, as he seemed to be explaining rather than reading. I will read more of his books.
Randy Ross
Jul 24, 2014 Randy Ross rated it really liked it
Lots of good information here. Lots of good stories too, one of those books you find hard to put down. I also found myself wanting to go back and re-read many chapters and takes some notes (that doesn't happen In any case, a great read.
Feb 02, 2014 Francine rated it really liked it
This is a nice overview of Dr. Weil's philosophy and recommendations. I found it very helpful. If you are a person of a certain age, you might want to pick this up. Dr. Weil makes great sense and gives the readers tips on how to change your life.
Stephen Redwood
Very readable and sensible book about the aging process. Weill uses science rather than flaky optimism to show how pointless it is to be uptight about aging which can't be avoided. Rather, he focuses on what you can do to age healthily.
Dec 05, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
Best health book I've read in the last decade. Wish I would have come across this in my 30's, but great advice for improving/maintaining quality of life. I highly recommend all books by Andrew Weil.
Mar 21, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it really liked it
As someone who is attempting to age gracefully, I figured this would be an interesting book, and it was. Dr Weil first explains the science behind aging, and gives some insight as to why we should be glad we are aging instead of trying to reverse the process, or just plain ignore it. The second part gives a sort of "road map" to healthy aging. While I do admit that the scientific part was a bit more than I wanted, it was interesting enough, that I will probably go back and listen again, to make ...more
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Andrew Thomas Weil, MD, is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and others.

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