The big five Five simple things you can do to live a longer, healthier life

Sanjiv Chopra

Book - 2016

Few books can make the promise of this one: if you adapt these five simple, virtually-free suggestions you will live a longer and healthier life, guaranteed. Presented by a trusted expert, The Big Five includes easily digestible data and startling results from real studies conducted by reputable universities and involving thousands of subjects. Readers can see for themselves that, without a doubt, these five simple actions offer many more proven benefits than the latest expensive supplements, fa...d diets, jazzy exercise programs, and state-of-the-art gym equipment.

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Published
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xiii, 210 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250065339
125006533X
Main Author
Sanjiv Chopra (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Coffee, exercise, meditation, nuts, and Vitamin D. These are the five easy and relatively inexpensive behaviors and lifestyle additions that should be incorporated into your daily routine, according to Harvard physician Chopra and writer Fisher. Coffee (regular, not decaf) may reduce the risk of a variety of ailments, including some common cancers, gallstones, cirrhosis, and dementia. Exactly what amount of coffee should you be drinking? That remains unclear. The many benefits of moderate exercise have been extensively established in promoting health and longevity. Meditating for 15-30 minutes daily boosts your sense of well-being. If you're not allergic to nuts, Chopra recommends eating a handful a day. It likely makes little difference what kind of nuts. The best way to obtain Vitamin D is from sunshine, but supplements are widely available; be warned that there is disagreement as to the optimal level to strive for. Notably absent from the authors' advice are taking a baby aspirin everyday (unless you have heart disease) and following a healthy diet (not enough evidence to determine what that diet is). Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A former Faculty Dean of Continuing Education at Harvard Medical School collects startling results to reveal why drinking coffee, exercising regularly, adding nuts to a diet, getting Vitamin D and practicing meditation can bolster health and promote longevity.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Argues that drinking coffee, regular exercise, vitamin D, meditation, and the addition of nuts to a diet can bolster health and promote longevity.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The underlying promise of every exciting medical discovery, diet, and exercise program is the same: do this, buy this, or eat this and you will look better, live longer, and be healthier. But few books can make the promise of this one: if you adapt these five simple, virtually-free suggestions you will live a longer and healthier life, guaranteed.This is no fad study. Each of the recommendations outlined in this book has been proven by an overwhelming number of tests, trials, and studies to increase health and lifespan. There are no gimmicks, no catches, no ifs, ands, or buts. Presented by a trusted expert, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra's The Big Five includes easily digestible data and startling results from real studies conducted by reputable universities and involving thousands of subjects. Readers of The Big Five can see for themselves that, without a doubt, these five simple actions offer many more proven benefits than the latest expensive supplements, fad diets, jazzy exercise programs, and state-of-the-art gym equipment.