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Dr. Frank Lipman On Pill-Popping Like A Pro


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With so many beauty-from-the-inside-out pills on the market these days, are there certain supplements that you would recommend every woman should have in her diet, no matter what?

Yes, there are supplements I recommend everyone should take on a daily basis. First, a good multivitamin to get the vitamins and minerals that we all require and are difficult to get from diet alone—even if it’s the most healthy diet! Fish oil is a good source of essential fatty acids, which most people are deficient in; probiotics for the beneficial bacteria that allow for a healthy balance of microflora in the gut, which is essential for optimal health; and finally vitamin D, because studies show that as many as three out of four Americans suffer from a deficiency. Vitamin D is involved in making hundreds of enzymes and proteins and is necessary for hundreds of vital functions crucial for preserving health and preventing disease. To make it really easy for people, I put all of these supplements into single-serving daily packets called the Daily Dose.

In the nearly 30 years since Dr. Frank Lipman landed in New York from his native South Africa, he has established himself as a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. He founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, has two wellness-minded books under his belt (Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again and Total Renewal: Seven Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health)—not to mention countless acolytes: High-profilers like Donna Karan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Maggie Gyllenhaal all keep him on speed dial. His latest venture, out this month, is Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a collection of supplements and nutritional cleansing products.

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