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Emotional Wellness

Andrew Weil, M.D., director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and the author of Spontaneous Happiness.

You might expect someone like Dr. Weil, who specializes in the health of the mind as well as the body, to have a complicated stay-healthy routine. But for this bestselling author, wellness comes down to three basics: "Be physically active every day, spend time in the company of positive people, and, of course, eat a diet based on whole foods, not processed ones."

Hook into fish

"There's growing evidence for the power of anti-inflammatory foods like fish to enhance both physical and emotional health. I choose only sustainable fish, such as sockeye salmon and sardines, that are low in mercury, PCBs, and other environmental contaminants." 

Build immunity naturally

"I take a daily mixed mushroom supplement for optimal immunity. When I travel I take astragalus root capsules to help protect against colds and flu."

Choose organic

"I avoid the fruits and vegetables on the Environmental Working Group's 'dirty dozen' list unless I can find organic versions. These 12 are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, domestic blueberries, lettuce, and cucumbers. If you can't go organic with all your food, at least choose organic when you buy these 12 foods." (Want to live a chemical-free life? Start with these 11 Easy Ways to Go Organic.)

Breathe away the stress

"This exercise calms your nervous system. Do it at least twice a day, more often if something upsetting happens or if you are having trouble falling asleep. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your upper front teeth. Exhale through your mouth making a whoosh sound. Inhale through your nose to a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, and exhale with a whoosh through your mouth to a count of 8. Repeat this cycle four times."

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