For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, including the recently launched How To Be Well. According to his newest book, a clean and toxin-free home is a key element to achieving a happy, healthier life—and we agree! Read on to learn more about the man behind the popular Be Well lifestyle.
What inspired you to write How To Be Well?
I was inspired by the rising tide of today’s wellness seekers. The modern patient, when it comes to wellness, prevention and treatments, is more open and forward-thinking than ever. They’re quickly breaking away from old-school medical thinking and declaring independence from a broken healthcare system that’s almost completely out of sync with their needs. They’re demanding fresh approaches that don’t do more harm than good.
At the same time, the wellness world is like the wild west. There is so much information out there and not all of it good. It’s hard to know where to turn, how to sift through all the noise and find where the reliable resources are. I thought with my vast experience in this field and as one of the pioneers, I could be a trusted guide.
How would you describe the book in a few sentences?
It truly is a manual on How To Be Well. It will help you improve the health you have, regain the health you’ve lost, and establish the pillars of life-long vitality you need to look as good as you feel, dodge sickness and dysfunction, and most important of all, love your body and enjoy your life.
Of the six keys to a happy and healthy life, which do you feel are most important?
I think they are all equally important and don’t think one area is most important. Unfortunately, most people don’t take certain elements of the health seriously enough–in particular sleep.
What’s an easy change people can make to be well?
I think it’s different for everyone and that’s why the book is so helpful. There are over 100 simple tips in the book and the idea is to pick one or two that you feel is easy and manageable and start there.
We love that a clean and toxin-free home is a value we both share! What are your favorite products to help achieve a happier, healthier clean?
6. When writing your chapter on becoming a healthier housekeeper, did you incorporate anything new into your own cleaning routine?
No, not when writing the book, but when I became aware of The Laundress (which was fairly recently), we started using some Laundress products.
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