Dr. Andrew Weil is a highly respected advocate of integrative medicine. According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, integrative medicine is a combination of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) that have been shown scientifically to be safe and effective with mainstream medical treatments.
An article by Brad Lemley on DrWeil.com defined integrative medicine as "healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle."
One of Weil's focuses is the prevention of illness by making basic lifestyle choices. He has outlined five essential moves to increase wellbeing.
Weil first recommends iodine because it controls all the necessary metabolic functions of the body, like blood cell production, body heat, hormones and muscle function.
When you lack sufficient iodine, you may experience fatigue, cold intolerance and weight gain. You may deal with gastrointestinal issues, abnormalities of the skin, and neurological problems.
Weil said that millions of women are affected because the standard American diet lacks iodine. If you are deficient in iodine, your thyroid gland may become enlarged. This can result in hypothyroidism symptoms, such as brittle hair and nails, dry skin, exhaustion and puffiness of the eyes.
According to the National Institutes of Health, adults should get 150 mcg of iodine every day. If you need more iodine, eat more seafood such as lobster, sardines, shellfish and tuna, as well as more dairy products. Kelp is a particularly rich source of iodine, containing 2500 mcg of iodine in every gram.
Weil's second recommendation is adding pistachios and an herbal licorice product called deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). These items can improve digestion, heartburn, IBS and stomach pain.
Pistachios have prebiotic qualities, enhancing good bacteria levels in your digestive system. DGL can ease heartburn, indigestion and GERD symptoms as it enhances the mucous coating of the intestinal tract, lower esophagus and stomach.