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Fad Or Fact: Dr. Frank Lipman Talks Wellness Trends

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ ellenberg@condenast.com.

There has been a lot of talk lately about taking B12 shots for energy, eating chia seeds to curb appetite, and juicing as a way of life. I’m curious if these health trends are just fads or if there is some long-lasting legitimacy to their purported benefits?

Vitamin B12 is definitely beneficial. If your vitamin B12 levels are low, this is essential for boosting them and increasing energy. I also often give B12 shots to patients who have totally normal B12 levels and they often feel extra-energized from that as well. As for chia seeds, I’m not sure if they curb appetite per se, but since they do expand and swell in your stomach, they will leave you feeling less hungry. But regardless, they are totally safe and beneficial for overall health, so I’m a big fan. And juicing is great, but you have to be aware of your ingredients. Focus on getting a lot of alkalizing green veggies in your juice, such as cucumber, celery, and leafy green vegetables. You can add some apple, pear, lemon, and ginger to sweeten it, but be careful not to overdo it with fruit in your juices as they are very high in sugar.

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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