The Genius Life is Max Lugavere’s follow-up to Genius Foods, which I have recommended in the past. Genius Foods focused on a detailed breakdown of nutrition and how our diets impact our bodies and, more importantly, our minds. The Genius Life looks at other factors alongside nutrition that may be hindering our physical and mental health and is split into seven chapters that cover food, our circadian rhythm, the importance of sun and sleep, exercise, the various chemicals found in day-to-day products that disrupt our body, depression and anxiety, and how to incorporate some or all of the suggestions found in this book into your life and make them habits.
Like Genius Foods, this follow-up is chock full of great information broken down for easy reading. All data and research referenced in the book is cited if you want to dive further into any specific area. Many statistics were surprising to me. For example, the average person spends approximately 93% of their time indoors thanks to our modern lifestyle. I thought there was no way this could be correct, but then I examined my own time. I currently have a job where I work from home. Many of my hobbies are sedentary such as reading, writing, playing video games, or watching movies all of which often take place indoors (I do try to read outside when possible). Even most of my exercise is inside, at least for weight training, though I do try to get outside to go for long walks. The 93% of time spent indoors has subsequently led to 42% of the U.S. population being deficient in Vitamin D. So get out and spend at least a little of every day getting some of that beautiful sun.
I really enjoyed Genius Foods which helped me become more conscious of my eating habits and how my diet impacted my health, physically and mentally, and I believe I’ve come a long way with improving both since first reading it. Naturally, I picked up The Genius Life to learn even more and help refocus my attention on ways to be even healthier. The benefits are invaluable. I have much more room to improve, but I already have more energy, feel better mentally and physically, and hopefully will maintain great health and extend my life as long as possible so I can spend it with my family. I say this now having been exercising regularly for 3-4 months and losing almost 30 pounds in the past year (not including the 10 pounds I had put back on last holiday season, whoops!).
We only get one life and I think books like these help us realize how much better off we can be if we paid more attention to our environments and what we put into our bodies. It is never too late to get on a better, healthier path in life. This book has helped me do just that, and I hope it can do the same for you.