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
"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