Andrew Weil’s Secret Health Habits

Family Health, Featured Article, Healthy Living
on August 30, 2011

Name: Andrew Weil, MD, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson.

Claim to fame: World-renowned pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.

Health philosophy: “Health is a positive state of wholeness and dynamic balance that allows us to function well in our environment. Healthy diet and lifestyle measures enhance overall balance and resiliency, thereby helping to prevent disease and optimize health.”  


Vitamins/supplements:  Every day, Weil takes (with meals) an iron-free multivitamin/multimineral supplement containing a blend of antioxidants;Vitamin B-12 spray; 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 (also called cholecalciferol); 2-3 grams of pure, molecularly distilled fish oil containing both EPA and DHA; Weil Juvenon Healthy Aging Support (                                                                                                          

Favorite workout: Walking with his Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Ajax and Asha.    

Favorite healthy dish: Tuscan kale salad, one of the most popular dishes at his True Food kitchen restaurants. (Visit for recipe.)                                                                          

Secret weapon: Breath work for healthy stress management; specifically the 4-7-8 (or relaxing breath) exercise. Here’s how to do it: Sit or lie in a comfortable position and place the tip of your tongue just behind your upper teeth throughout the exercise. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a gentle “whoosh” sound. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a count of four. Hold for a count of seven, then exhale through your mouth (“whoosh”) to a count of eight. Inhale and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.