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Recently, I received a copy of “Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong, and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s, and Beyond“, by Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Ob-Gyn, in exchange for a review. For those of us getting a little older, this is a great start to motivate you to improving your looks, stop the aging, and have a healthier life in general.
This book is a fairly easy and quick read. It highlights everything you need to for good health, fitness, prevention, all the way into your fifties. From eating healthier, to cancer and heart attack prevention, to good sex, from later-in-life childbirth to menopause, this book has a woman’s health covered. As a health advocate, I knew a lot of the suggestions here, but I found the last three chapters on bone health, heart health, and cancer very instructive (and a little scary). I was also please that Dr. Ashton understand holistic health, and so I found it to be better written as person who follows biomed than books by more traditional doctors. For example, while she did cover Botox and plastic surgery, she put the holistic recommendations first, then gave the real deal on the ingredients and the possible reactions. (I’d stick to the natural stuff.) She is not condescending, but allows the reader to make their own decisions, stressing the healthy options – which I liked.
This book does not advocate biomedical at all and there is a chapter dissing adrenal fatigue, which I wrote about last year. I have mixed feelings about this – Dr. Ashton’s points are valid, and while I did seem to benefit from the Adrenal supplement, I also noticed that I didn’t benefit as much after I ran out of my women’s multi-vitamin. It’s true, more research should be done in this area, and she does give a comprehensive discussion on hormones for lay people. Again, she mostly advocates traditional medicine but takes an Ayuverdic approach to wellness so it’s a pretty good balance.
The first part of the book is set up so that you can do a 5-week improvement plan for each of the following:
- Healthy eating
- Working out
- Stress relief
For the first two, she recommends a 5-day on/ 2-day off plan to easily get you on track. Today, I tried her strength training exercises – they kicked my butt, but they were good! An ease-into-it 5 week plan is the perfect way to ramp up your health without being overwhelmed.
Lots of good, manageable information and tips and the latest technology and medical information to help you enjoy and improve your 30s, 40s and 50s!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Images and link are my Amazon affiliate links.