Exploring a Palm Beach Hidden Wellness Gem: The Hippocrates Health Institute

I was recently invited to a media event hosted at the Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) in Palm Beach.  I was thrilled to be offered a “behind the scenes” tour of this hidden health and wellbeing gem.

Founded more than 60 years ago by health pioneer Ann Wigmore, HHI was created as a healing space aligned with the philosophy of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Nestled in a tropical 50-acre setting, HHI receives guests from all over the world, many of whom are battling cancer, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. HHI offers healing programs and retreats for all levels of health and wellness.

Hippocrates’ famous words—”Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”—are taken seriously in HHI’s kitchen.  The highly trained staff only prepares foods that retain living enzymes to nourish and heal the body. In fact, upon my arrival, I was provided a freshly picked Florida coconut to drink. It was delicious.

A bit later I was offered another daily staple for HHI guests: a wheatgrass shot. Wheatgrass is loaded with minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E and K. Surprisingly, it is also a great source of protein and amino acids. (See? You don’t have to eat that pork chop to get your protein!)  We were warned to drink the shot slowly so as to not upset our stomachs. Good advice!

A highlight of the event was the time we spent with Ken Blue, HHI’s Executive Chef, who had prepared for us a full buffet of vegan living foods. My favorite was the vegan pad thai, which was amazingly hearty considering it was made of raw-vegetable-and-kelp noodles with a delicious raw nut sauce.

During our tour of the Oasis Spa and Therapy Center—considered the heart of HHI— we were told it offers traditional spa services, as well as more unique options such as colon hydrotherapy, which gently rinses the colon with water. (I think I’ll try that one another day…)

It was an amazing day and I was blown away by the beauty, attentiveness and their overall intention to create a Well World.  I can’t wait to go back!!

For locals, HHI offers day passes at an affordable rate, which allows you to experience everything the property has to offer, including fitness and nutrition classes, pools, a labyrinth and walking trails. You can book services to expand your day. Property tours are offered every Thursday and Saturday at noon (weather permitting).

Hippocrates Health Institute, 1466 Hippocrates Way, West Palm Beach; 800/842-2125


Debra K., the natural health explorer, is an Emmy-nominated television producer and host. She is a national keynote speaker and the founder of two companies in the wellness industry—Well World TV and the award-winning Well World Productions. With a strong desire to bring amazing stories to life, she is on a quest to uncover the most inspiring and educational stories in South Florida. Her goal? To share content that creates a Well World. Have ideas? Send her an email at DK@JourneyIntoWellbeing.com

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