A strong immune system is no doubt the number one key to living a long and vital life. This built-in protector defends us from potentially harmful invaders like virus, bacteria, mold, fungus, parasites, heavy metals and chemicals. But, as we age, the cumulative toxic overload can weaken our immunity and make us increasingly vulnerable to a host of diseases and autoimmune conditions.
When I began writing the Acknowledgements Section for my new book, Radical Longevity, I was struck by how very many of my mentors, associates and colleagues in the nutrition field had died – and way too young. What were the missing links in their health practices that could have extended their life span? Of course, we’ll never know for sure, but my research cast a huge spotlight on areas of potential disease triggers that are often hiding in plain sight.