Gwyneth Paltrow has become well-known for living a fairly healthy lifestyle and has carved out a career after acting writing cookbooks and even starting her own lifestyle website Goop.com.
Behind every glowing, energetic A-list star is an in-the-know health guru, and for the 43-year-old mother-of-two, it’s Doctor Frank Lipman. He’s the man that Gwyneth, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Arianna Huffington, and Donna Karan all go to when they want health and diet advice.
And, a huge number of beauty and fashion insiders flock to see him at this time of year, so they can start his Be Well cleanse and shift any summer indulgences before New York Fashion Week kicks off in September.
Speaking to America’s W magazine about the advice he gives clients including Gwyneth, the 61-year-old South African-born, New York-based doctor said that he’s a big believer in supplements.
He explained: “It’s the quality of supplements. They need to be targeted. Most people get deficient in vitamin D, omega 3s, and magnesium. Most people are looking for yes or no, or a good or bad answer. I think it’s very personal. At different times, different ages, your needs change. I’m a big believer in targeted supplementation. I think the important thing is to take good quality supplements that don’t have fillers, that are absorbed well and actually getting into your system. So I think it’s a matter of where you’re at, your personal needs and if you are going to use supplements, use high quality supplements.”
He advises that as well as eating food that is as close to nature as possible (so very little refined sugar, no processed food, and even minimal gluten and soy), that we be aware that if we’re suffering a problem like mild depression that it could be a sign that we need to make some lifestyle changes:
“To me, depression is a sign that something is off-balance in your system,” he said. “It could come from your gut. It should be seen in the context of people’s lives and what’s going on versus something that should be treated by drugs. But a lot of people are depressed. I’d say the majority, not all, but the majority of people who don’t have severe depression can be helped with dietary changes, some supplements, some exercise, sleep hygiene, stress reduction, things like that.”
Gwyneth now grows her own veg which gives her skin that make-up free glow and she has a fantastic kitchen garden at her house in Los Angeles where she can hand-pick her own zucchini flowers, kale, tomatoes and cucumbers to eat at this time of year. Whilst not all of us have the time (or even a garden!) to do that, Frank does say that home-grown local fruit and veg is the best scenario if you want to avoid eating food that has been sprayed with chemicals like pesticides:
“Either grow your own garden or try to buy food from farmers who you know care for their produce and don’t spray tons of pesticides. Farmers who look after their chickens and let them roam free, and who let their cattle feed on grass. The ideal world is to know your farmer. The more you know the source and the origin of the food, the better.”
Note to self: get a window box with fresh fruit and veg and make friends with a farmer.
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