What Supplements I’m Liking
Is it possible that longevity is cool?
Celebrities are now seen with copies of Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones; Mike Roizen’s and my own RealAge Diet; The Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz; and the new Lifespan by David Sinclair.
I’ve been fascinated by how we can live healthier longer—and the stories that older people can tell—since I first worked at an assisted living center as a teenager before medical school.
One recently discussed and researched molecule is phosphatidylserine. Derived from non-GMO soy, research both in animals and people show that it promotes attention and mental processing speed, supports healthy cortisol and stress levels, memory and focus.
This is one of the very few supplements for which the FDA has allowed this claim, back in 2003: “consumption of phosphatidyl serine may reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive dysfunction in the elderly.”
What Book I’m Reading
Surprisingly little research has been done on the therapeutic impact of wild animals on human health and well-being, or on how we communicate with them.
But Richard Louv, who coined the phrase “Nature Deficit Disorder,” is always looking ahead.
In his new book Our Wild Calling, he sees that as people and wild animals live in increasingly close proximity, including in our cities, we need to be psychologically reconnected with coyotes and birds and fauna.
He believes that we could enter an age of connectedness—essential both because we are animals living with animals, and because the emotional and spiritual base of environmentalism needs strengthening if we are to survive climate change.
Replant your yard with native plant species! Watch the animals come! And pick up the book here.
What Company I’m Impressed By
The “World’s Most Comfortable Shoe” is just four years old, but it’s already challenging Nike and Adidas for sales.
Allbirds has sold over a million shoes in two years with an eco-focus and environmental friendliness that claims Mother Nature as its muse.
The company uses wool from merino sheep and other natural materials to make shoes that only help your feet. Plus, all orders from now through December 31st can be returned or exchanged ’til January 31st.