I was recently asked to give a short, 10 minute answer to the following question question: “What’s the #1 thing you recommend people do right now to maximize their health and wellness?”
This was part of a very special interview series with 26 of the world’s leading health experts and doctors, each giving their perspective in 10 minutes or less called. The interview series is call 10 Minute Wellness Tips (which you can get for free).
The transcript to this interview is below in its entirety. And if you enjoyed it…
Bob Serling: This is “Ten Minute Tips For Maximum Health“, and today, I’m talking with Dr. Frank Lipman. Dr. Lipman is a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, and a pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative and functional medicine.
He’s the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where he practices his personal brand of healing known as “good medicine”. A “good medicine” combines the best of modern contemporary medicine with the best of alternative and complementary medicines.
Using this innovative approach, Dr. Lipman has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality, and recover their zest for life, so I’m very pleased to have him share his wisdom with us today. Welcome, Frank.
Dr. Lipman: Thanks, thanks for having me, Bob.
Bob Serling: Well, thank you very much. So I have one question for you today, which is, what is the single best thing you’d recommend that people do for maximum health benefits right now?
Dr. Lipman: Well, that’s a tough question to boil it down to one single thing, but if I had to choose one thing now, I would say balance your microbiome. What is a microbiome? The microbiome is this collection of bacteria that we have on our body, and in particular, our gut.
Each of us contains a whole inner ecosystem, composed of trillions of bugs, microbes in our digestive system. In fact, we have more bugs in our gut than we have cells in our body. In fact, the bacteria in our gut outnumber our cells by 10 to 1, so it’s no exaggeration to say that we’re actually more bacteria than human.
This microbial community in our bodies is absolutely critical for maintaining optimum function. It’s crucial for digesting food, supporting your immune system, protecting your gut, revving up your metabolism, and even helping you maintain a healthy weight. Balancing your microbiome is the key to healing inflammation. Healing inflammation is a secret to staying young and slim, so that would be my one tip, balance your microbiome.
Bob Serling: Great, so are there are a couple specific things people could do to work towards attaining that balance? (more…)