Dr. Sanjay Gupta Has Pretty Much Figured Out How to Live Forever
By Sanjay Gupta (Original source Bon Appetit)
“In Japan, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is shirtless again. CNN’s strong-jawed trauma neurosurgeon is searching for the secrets to a long life on his new show, Chasing Life, and this includes several hot baths. His second bath, called jikan-yu, happens to be a whopping 115 degrees (F), an illegal temperature in the U.S. (anything above 104, FYI.) He’ll descend into the onsen (hot springs) for three minutes and hope for a rejuvenated bod by the end of it. The doctor looks at the steaming bath with dread and excitement.
Chasing Life explores areas known as “blue zones,” where people have lived longer than the average lifespan. In Japan, which has the world’s highest average life expectancy, Sanjay Gupta is treated by a blind acupuncturist; in India he gets an Ayurvedic oil massage administered by a guy’s feet; and in Bolivia, he undergoes a grueling stress test at high altitude.
By the end of just a few screeners, I wanted to get back into yoga and eat more bitter melon. I’ve been off my game. What else could I do to live until I’m 97 with a heart that’s 20 years old, like the flirtatious dancer he meets in Okinawa? I had a quick chat with Dr. Gupta—who was in between press interviews and reporting on the opioid epidemic for CNN—to find out.”
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