We’re thrilled to feature Dr. Mark Hyman, a leading figure in the world of natural health and “functional medicine,” in one of our favorite TCM features, “Living Well With…”
Dr. Hyman is chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, an organization that forwards the idea of addressing the underlying causes of chronic disease, beyond just surface level symptoms. He is founder and medial director of The UltraWellness Center, a practicing family physician, and seven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author. A true pioneer and passionate advocate for “patient-centered, not disease-centered, medicine,” Dr. Hyman is changing the way patients and doctors alike look at health care.
We love reading through the doctor’s own healthy daily habits below, including his own personal favorite smoothie recipe. Absorb some of this healthy wisdom to apply to your own life, then find out more about his upcoming detox program designed to balance blood sugar in a natural way. Out-of-control blood sugar levels are the root cause of many chronic and even severe modern health problems. We’re happy to spread the word about programs like Dr. Hyman’s that are helping so many people better understand and rid themselves of blood sugar-related health issues. Here’s the doctor…
A smoothie (recipe below).
Food philosophy in one sentence:
Eat real, whole, fresh foods.
As foundation nutrients, I use a high-quality multivitamin, fish oil, probiotics, vitamin D and digestive enzymes.
Can’t live without my:
Once a week for my health I...
Visit a far-infrared sauna to detoxify.
Some combination of interval training and weight resistance.
Best healthy option on the go:
Keep an emergency food kit. For instance, pack wild-caught canned salmon, a small bag of raw almonds, and a bottle of water.
Always in my medicine cabinet:
Epsom salts for my UltraBath, hydrating lotion, melatonin.
At least once a week I cook…
Wild-caught salmon with some kind of leafy or cruciferous veggie.
If I could give just one piece of advice...
Get eight hours of sleep every night. It’s that important.
Current reading list:
The Sugar Impact Diet by JJ Virgin.
Ingredient I avoid:
Crazy health idea that actually works:
Take a hot epsom salt bath every night to melt away stress and sleep better.
5 things always in my travel gear:
Gym shoes, earplugs, an eye mask, green-tea bags, water bottle.
Getting enough sleep and not becoming overly stressed.
Simplest way to improve health:
Get enough sleep.
Go-to juice or smoothie:
Lots of green vegetables and low-glycemic berries.
Fave healthy getaway:
My current mantra:
“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.” -Jim Rohn
Dr. Hyman’s Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
3 Brazil nuts
1 large banana
1 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup water
Combine all of the ingredients in an electric blender. Blend on high speed until smooth (about 2 minutes). If the shake is too thick, add more water until you reach a thick but drinkable consistency. Serve chilled.
Join Dr. Hyman’s 10 Day Detox Diet Challenge!
What it is:
A 10-day weight loss and health-boosting program based off of Dr. Hyman’s best-selling book The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet in which you’ll eat real, delicious foods, get expert support, and enjoy community support for results you can see and feel from the inside out.
What you'll get:
Three live calls with a nutritionist, two life coaching phone, and a live teleseminar with Dr. Hyman himself! You’ll also be connected with a community of other challengers to call on when you need motivation, as well as an online challenge toolkit to help navigate your journey.
How to join:
Sign up by clicking through here – the challenge begins December 4th!