You: The Owner's Manual for Your Body
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How well do you know your own body? If you think you learned it all in high school health class, you may be in for a surprise. Michael Roizen, MD, co-author of "YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger," joined us on May 26, 2005 to help us find out how we can live stronger and longer.
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Dr. Oz called me and two years later, after 40 hours of work on both of our parts for at least 40 weeks, the book resulted. Dr. Oz kept pushing the envelope and pushing me to get uncomfortable from my humor standpoint, but in truth, every minute of working on the book with a couple moments of exception, was pure fun.
We tried to make understandable to people that their bodies are cool, that it is neat and fun to be healthy and that small changes make a big difference in how long and how well they age.
Working backwards from number three, the trick is glycolic alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This is in many skin preparations. It is the only active ingredient in most of them and it tricks the skin into thinking it needs to reproduce more and thereby makes it look younger.
The second, going backwards, is to decrease inflammation. There are two things to do that. One is to wear an SPF 45 routinely and secondly, take aspirin, 162 milligrams a day with a glass of warm water before and after. Aspirin is great at decreasing inflammation in your skin.
The third is to make your arteries younger. This involves decreasing the nicks in your arteries. There is a wonderful cartoon in the book showing the four steps in arterial aging and what you can do to prevent them. The first step is that there is a nick in the artery wall. The second step is that you plaster over that nick with LDL cholesterol. You smooth that excess plaster out with a spatula of HDL cholesterol. The third step is inflammation in the artery and the fourth step is a clot. The key is preventing the nicks. You do that by having a normal blood pressure and a few other things, but the most important is to do whatever is necessary to have a blood pressure of 115/75. Before I give the typist cramps, I will just say the keys to that are having foods rich in potassium and folate, like spinach and orange juice, foods rich in healthy fats, like walnuts, olive oil, fish oils and avocados, and getting 600 milligrams of calcium twice a day.