Three years ago, TV’s beloved Judge Judy Sheindlin suffered a terrifying mini-stroke that doctors warned could be a harbinger of doom if she didn’t change her ways.

Now, America’s favorite jurist is the picture of health, working on the 18th season of her syndicated “Judge Judy” show, a new program called “Hot Bench” and the one-hour TV special “Judge Judy Primetime” – and she has no plans to retire anytime soon.

The 71-year-old spitfire even posted a photo of herself in a white bikini during a family vacation in The Exumas!

It’s a far cry from 2011, when Judy was rushed to the hospital after she suddenly became confused and disoriented while taping her show. She was diagnosed with a transient ischemic stroke (TIA), and docs told her she needed to drastically change her lifestyle.

“The TIA terrified her,” said a source. “She knew she was in danger of suffering a full-blown stroke if she didn’t start taking care of herself.”

In a must-read article, The ENQUIRER reveals exactly what Judge Judy did to whip herself back into shape, setting an example for all Americans. This is one story that will not only inspire you but could also save YOUR life. So be sure to pick up our latest issue – on newsstands now!