DiscoverThe Ultimate Health Podcast478: How to Naturally Overcome Depression & Anxiety | Dr. Andrew Weil
478: How to Naturally Overcome Depression & Anxiety | Dr. Andrew Weil

478: How to Naturally Overcome Depression & Anxiety | Dr. Andrew Weil

Update: 2022-06-14


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Dr. Andrew Weil (IG: @drweil) received a degree in botany from Harvard and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

He’s the founder and director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. The Center is the leading effort in the world to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine.

Dr. Weil is a founder and partner of the growing group of True Food Kitchen restaurants & co-founder of

He’s an internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and the reform of medical education.

Dr. Weil is the author of many scientific articles and 15 books.

Today we’re going deep into mental health and talking about natural ways to help you if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety or stress.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Dr. Weil’s approach to mental health challenges
  • What to eat + what not to eat to beat anxiety & depression
  • The 4-7-8 breathing technique for anxiety
  • How the gut microbiome affects the vagus nerve
  • The benefits of consuming fermented foods
  • Dr. Weil’s thoughts on leaky gut + 2 supplements he recommends
  • Vagal stimulation techniques
  • Learn how to decrease sympathetic activity
  • Sunscreen blocks vitamin D synthesis
  • Practicing stress management regularly
  • The true benefits of social connection for mental health
  • Dr. Weil stays curious as he ages
  • The potential of psychedelics for chronic pain
  • The effect of dance & sound on the mind-body connection
  • Feeling connected through psychedelic experiences
  • Is it cultural appropriation to take psychedelics in North America?
  • Dr. Weil shares the story of the first time he took magic mushrooms
  • The evolution of the psychedelic scene over the years
  • Dr. Weil’s sleep hygiene tips
  • Naturally managing Parkinson's & Alzheimer's

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Nutritional Psychiatrist Reveals Top Foods to Beat Depression and Anxiety | Dr. Drew Ramsey (#424)

Dr. Steven Gundry on Boosting Your Mental and Physical Energy (#404)

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478: How to Naturally Overcome Depression & Anxiety | Dr. Andrew Weil

478: How to Naturally Overcome Depression & Anxiety | Dr. Andrew Weil

Jesse Chappus Interviews Dr. Andrew Weil