The brand new year of 2021 is upon us and rarely have so many been so eager to pass the torch from one year to the next. Though 2021 may kick off with a bit less of the traditional glitz and fanfare, virtually all of us welcome this opportunity to move forward, with the feeling that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That anticipation will be tempered by hard-won wisdom, as well as a deeper appreciation for the simple pleasures, gifts and moments, both large and small, that have carried us through this difficult past year. 

If nothing else, all these pandemic months have shown us all too clearly just how important health really is, driving the point home in no uncertain terms. Yes, be it physical, mental or emotional, your health truly is everything, and self-care is the way forward for all of us in 2021 and beyond. 

Though we may have a few more challenging months ahead to contend with, your mission is to stay the course, and stay on the wellness path. To inspire that wellness journey – not only for you but for those in your ‘bubble’ too – here’s my list of favorite ‘words from the wise,’ shared on my Tune Into Wellness podcasts this past year, plus a few very special books that I encourage everyone to read. Think of these as your wellness on-ramp!

FRANK’S FAVORITE WELLNESS PODCASTS:

The Dr. Bob & Dr. Frank Show: How to Achieve Healthy Aging – Episode 1

Are there things we can do to help us live longer? Are there things we can do that slow down aging? Dr. Frank Lipman and Dr. Bob Rountree explore the science behind aging – all the way down to the cellular level. Discover the lifestyle factors that can benefit, or hinder, healthy aging

The Dr. Bob & Dr. Frank Show: Understanding the Aging Process – Episode 2

Although aging can’t be reversed, there are steps you can take to optimize how you age. Dr. Bob Rountree and I discuss what you need to know about the aging process, including our personal aging protocols, how to be more vital as we age, and nutritional supplement strategies that can optimize aging.

The Empowering Neurologist Podcast, Episode 105: Dr. Frank Lipman

My good friend and colleague Dr. David Perlmutter interviews me about my latest book, The New Rules of Aging Well, my take on taking the steps to age well, making the lifestyle choices that will open the door for you to live in a such a way that your physical age is younger than your chronological one. Ultimately, it’s the ordinary choices you make each day that can have extraordinary effects on overall health. I’m thrilled to say, the answers you need are revealed in this podcast. 

The Mindbodygreen Podcast with Jason Wachob

Listen to my conversation with Jason Wachob, Founder and Co-CEO of mbg, as we discuss how much protein you actually need (and what kind), plus more healthy aging tips from The New Rules of Aging Well. Find out why “micro-movements” are better than the gym; why foot care is the cornerstone of healthy aging; how to perfect your workout routine as you WFH; why salt is not as bad as you think it is; why you shouldn’t use mouthwash if you have bad breath – and many other simple changes you can make to do life better, healthier and longer!

Better Together with Maria Menounos: Easy Life Changes For Optimal Gut Health with Dr. Frank Lipman

Just about everyone is talking about gut health these days, and with good reason. Nobody likes the feeling of a bloated, uncomfortable belly so, how to beat the bloat, get your gut in order and strengthen your immunity in one fell swoop? In this podcast, I share my healthy gut tips and anti-aging secrets with top podcaster and health warrior Maria Menounos.

The Broken Brain with Dhru Purohit: This is How You Age Well with Dr. Frank Lipman

In this podcast, Dhru Purohit and I discuss cross-cultural differences in aging, and just why we are so afraid of aging in the Western world. We look at how we can optimize the function of our genes with simple tweaks that can have a profound impact on how we age. As well, I offer up my suggestions for longevity, and the inside scoop on a few of the most promising anti-aging treatments on the horizon.

The Doctor’s Farmacy Podcast With Mark Hyman: The Keys To Aging Well

It’s always a wonderful discussion when Dr. Mark Hyman and get to sit down and talk about wellness, and in this episode we do a deep dive on the role our epigenomes play in cellular aging and deterioration, and how we can optimize the function of our genes with simple tweaks to have a profound impact on how we age. From lifestyle interventions like caloric restriction, fasting, and ketogenic eating, in this podcast I share the most effective fasting method, and why it’s so incredibly powerful when it comes to longevity and healthy aging.

FRANK’S FAVORITE WELLNESS READS:

The New Rules of Aging Well: A Simple Program for Immune Resilience, Strength, and Vitality

By Frank Lipman, MD and Danielle Claro

Not to toot my own horn but, honestly, I’m so proud of my latest book, The New Rules of Aging Well: A Simple Program for Immune Resilience, Strength, and Vitality. It lays out my simple program to reverse the most common symptoms of aging, and radically improve your ‘health span,’ as in, your quality of life and how you feel. My book shows you the way to age beautifully and well with hundreds of lifestyle changes designed to strengthen your body and fortify your immune system – which is more mission critical than ever. To unlock the secrets of a rejuvenated you who looks great and feels healthy, happy, sexy, agile, and strong – my New Rules is the key.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

By James Nestor 

Breathing, we do it all day long. But how well we do this most basic of all human functions can have a massive impact on how well we live, fight off disease, perform on the field and even how we sleep. This deep dive on such a seemingly simple act is a fascinating read, full of insights, intriguing science and fascinating facts – even more timely when seen through the lens of the pandemic.

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

By Jason Fung, MD, and Jimmy Moore 

How to live better, healthier and longer? One of my favorite ways is by harnessing the power of intermittent fasting (not starving!), therapeutically and strategically, to aid healing and trigger your body’s natural anti-aging powers. This book is a wonderful how-to guide to this simple, painless and incredibly effective health-boosting technique.

End Your Carb Confusion: A Simple Guide to Customize Your Carb Intake for Optimal Health

By Dr. Eric Westman and Amy Berger MS CNS   

This one is a terrific primer for all those who struggle with metabolic issues, and a simple, straightforward guide to finding the carbohydrate intake that will work for your body and help guide you to a healthier place. It’s also one of those reads that’s perfect for right now when so many of us are dealing with extra pandemic pounds.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

By Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu 

Last, but certainly not least, one of my all-time favorites and a constant wellspring of inspiration, wisdom, joy, compassion and humanity – all the necessary ingredients for a fulfilling spiritual and emotional life, from two of the most brilliant teachers on the planet. Powerful and joyous stuff, and so needed right now.

10 Daily Habits to Live to 100

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