Posted on Aug 31, 2020, 4 p.m.
Body on Fire was written by cardiologist Monica Aggarwal and internist Jyothi Rao who used their own experiences along their journeys to health, wellness, and professional experiences to group together in this in-depth evaluation of the various effects of inflammation on chronic disease supported with references to clinical study and their tips/tools for approaches to restoring balance.
The concept for the title of this book is fitting, being derived from the battle within the body when there is an imbalance and it becomes irritated and inflamed. The authors believe that there is more to healing the body of excess inflammation than using pharmaceuticals, as such the pair of doctors strongly advocate how lifestyle changes can be utilized to treat the root of the issue directly rather than just managing the symptoms.
The immune system is the body’s great defender, providing an internal army to fight off invading pathogens and rebuild tissues that have been damaged by injury or infection, in this battle one of the master tactics is to use inflammation against the enemy. But sometimes when the battle is over, those inflammation signalling cells forget to fall back after the mission and keep attacking anything they perceive as an enemy to cause chronic inflammation which is often referred to as being a silent killer.
In this book, you can learn how sleep, stress, yoga, exercise, diet, nutrition, mindset, and many other lifestyle choices will affect your overall health and well being to impact inflammation as well as how to utilize the tools that are provided to help improve your habits. You can also learn how to assess lifestyle factors while discovering how their unique triggers are often precursors to illness.
The doctors highlight how the mind-body connection, intermittent fasting, switching to a plant-based diet, improving the gut microbiome, staying hydrated, being mindful, getting enough sleep, get up and get moving, exercising, utilizing yoga techniques, and having a positive mindset among other easy to implement lifestyle habits can offer far-reaching positive benefits for overall health, wellbeing, longevity, and anti-ageing efforts.
Lifestyle habits can either help to improve or decline energy, flexibility, digestion, immunity, allergies, moods, pain, weight, confidence, skin, hair, bones, and cognitive ability among others, which is all backed by science. This knowledge can be empowering and it can lead to healing and enduring wellness, and this book provides an honest and practical roadmap to help you discover how you can live in a stronger, healthier and more vital state of being.
“I believe knowledge is empowerment and focus my practice on wellness and prevention. Through this partnership in health, my patients and I work together to optimize their health and vitality,” says Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD who is a strong proponent of holistic healing and an A4M fellow.
About the book authors:
MONICA AGGARWAL, MD, is board-certified in cardiology, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology. She is focused on educating people about the importance of plant-based nutrition and its benefits in treating and potentially reversing chronic illness.
JYOTHI RAO, MD, an A4M fellow, has worked in clinical practice since 1997. She is board certified in internal medicine as well as in anti-ageing, functional and regenerative medicine. She is also the medical director of Shakthi Health & Wellness Center in Maryland.
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