Andrew Weil's 4-Week Plan to Happiness

Holistic health pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil shares his secrets to finding happiness based on his own lifelong battle with depression.

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Week Two 

1. Add a Mood-Boosting Supplement Cocktail

  • Fish Oil: Taking fish oil can dramatically improve mood and reduce depression. Take a supplement that provides 600 mg of DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re bothered by fish-flavored burps, try keeping the product in the freezer and swallowing frozen capsules. Be sure to take them on a full stomach.
  • Vitamin D: Research shows that low levels of vitamin D correlate with mental disturbances and even psychosis. You may want to have your blood level tested to see if you’re deficient. Take 1000 IU  of vitamin D with your largest meal for optimal absorption.
  • Multivitamin: Research suggests that adequate doses of three B vitamins – folate (or folic acid), B6 and B12 help ward off depression. Choose a multivitamin containing 400mcg of folic acid, 100 mcg of B12 and 1.7 to 2 mg of B6. Take with your largest meal to ensure absorption and avoid indigestion.

2. Reestablish Social Connections

Social connection protects people from depression. Today “artificial” interactions such as using social media have become substitutes for real interactions, which have diminished our sense of community. Relationships with family and friends are key to maintaining happiness. This week, work on reestablishing bonds with the people you care about and those you may have drifted from – powerful research shows that forgiveness improves mood. Also, build new connections.

Dr. Andrew Weil

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