The Bottom Line
- It includes an eye-opening quiz on your body; you may be surprised by what you do and don't know!
- It explains how all of the systems in your body work - and it's more interesting than you may think!
- It provides powerfully motivating information and advice.
- It's both heavily research-based, and a really enjoyable read.
- It has some great information on the role of stress in all areas of wellness.
- It's a pretty long book, which can intimidate some.
- Some of the references are rooted in modern pop culture, so this book may feel 'dated' in 10 years.
- Written by Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz
- 400 pages of text, including a powerfully nutritious list of recipes
- Engaging, enjoyable read!
Guide Review - You: The Owner's Manual - An Informative Book For Wellness
You: The Owner’s Manual is a fantastic book for stress management because it explains how stress impacts overall health, and provides doable plans for developing healthier lifestyle habits, which will impact not only stress, but longevity and overall quality of life. In this way, stress management is not the main goal of the book, but an important part of a path that leads to the greater goal of aging well, so the result is that the reader is left with less stress and more healthy years ahead.
The book also provides the motivation for making these changes, which ultimately is what can fuel the effort. Consider these facts from the book:
- "You control more than 70 percent of how well and how long you live. By the time you reach fifty, your lifestyle dictates 80 percent of how you age; the rest is controlled by inherited genetics."
- "If you make five—just five—adjustments to your life, you can have a dramatic effect on your life expectancy and quality of life…if you can do these five things, in the next ten years you have just a 10 percent chance of dying or having to suffer disability compared to a typical person your age."
- "The five things are: controlling your blood pressure; avoiding cigarettes; exercising thirty minutes a day; controlling stress; and following an easy-to-love healthy diet."