Picks and Pans Review: Cheat Sheet

updated 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

>HEALTHY AGING You're never too young, says Dr. Andrew Weil, to start thinking about growing older gracefully. Some tips from his latest bestseller:

DO:

•Embrace aging rather than fearing it. "As we grow older, we gain in experience and compassion."

•Drink turmeric tea to help prevent inflammation; take arctic root capsules to improve sexual energy.

•Learn a new language. "It's like running different software through your system. People who know more than one are less susceptible to Alzheimer's."

•Have friends of all ages. "It keeps you young and interested."

DON'T:

•Accept old models of aging. "Baby boomers may refuse to get shunted off to nursing homes. We may see a revival of communes."

•Take human growth hormone. "There is no evidence it extends life."

•Have cosmetic surgery. "That makes it easier to pretend aging isn't happening."

•Believe stars look ageless naturally. "I had a quote in the book from [a major actor] saying he would never get a facelift—then he did, so I pulled the quote. That shows how enormous the pressure is."

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