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How Not to Die: Tips for Better Living

How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger is a modern classic with a cheeky title and solid scientific backing. This book dives deep into the benefits of a vegan diet, but don’t worry, we’re not trying to turn you into a full-time herbivore. The insights and practical tips are golden, no matter what your diet!

Fiber: The Unsung Hero

Dr. Greger drops a major truth bomb: only 3% of Americans hit the recommended daily fiber intake. Our ancestors consumed over 100 grams daily, while we barely get 10 grams. Fiber is crucial—it keeps things moving (if you catch our drift) and helps flush out cholesterol, estrogen, and other waste. Ladies, aim for 25 grams a day; gents, shoot for 30-38 grams. Load up on fruits, veggies (skins on if organic), beans, and seeds like flax.

Kale: Forever Fabulous

Heard rumors that kale is “out” and some new exotic green is in? Let’s be real—veggies don’t go out of style! Dr. Greger reveals that even a tiny bit of kale can supercharge your immune cells. Cooked kale? Even better. And don’t forget broccoli and other cruciferous veggies, which are also immune-boosting superstars.

Veggie Power Hour

Phytonutrients in fruits, veggies, tea leaves, and beans can block pollutants, but here’s the catch: their effects only last a few hours. So, keep those veggies coming, meal after meal. Make half your plate non-starchy veggies for maximum defense, and sneak in more wherever you can.

Move It to Lose It

Exercise is a must for staying healthy. One study showed that elderly women who walked for half an hour daily reduced their risk of upper-respiratory illness from 50% to 20%. So, lace up those sneakers and get moving!

Spice Things Up

Herbs and spices are antioxidant powerhouses. Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon and ginger can give your morning smoothie an antioxidant boost. Delicious and nutritious!

Wine: The Heartbreaker

Heard that wine is good for your heart? Turns out, it’s only beneficial for the more sedentary folks. If you’re already health-conscious, drinking alcohol doesn’t add any extra protection. Bummer, right?

Brain Food

Eating more veggies can slash your risk of depression by up to 62%. Yep, feeding your brain plants can keep you feeling upbeat and positive.

This book is packed with so many tips and tidbits that it should be mandatory reading. If you decide to check it out, drop us a line—we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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