The 11 Best Wellness Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
Netflix is home to literally thousands of titles for your viewing pleasure, and lately, we've been noticing a lot of new docos appearing in our trending page with a particular focus on health and wellness. It's no surprise, as we're living in a time where we have access to the most amount of expert information on food, exercise and sustainable living. To save you from scrolling, we've compiled the best wellness documentaries to binge this week, from living with less to sustainable food sources.
1. The Game Changers
Narrated by professional UFC champion James Wilks, this informative doco will serve you with short interviews with scientists and medical professionals as he embarks on a journey to discover the optimal diet for health and physical performance. If elite sports aren't your thing, don't worry—everyone will get something out of this thought-provoking film.
2. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have built a loyal following through their outlook on life that rejects excess and celebrates meaning. You'll hear them offer insight into the way that they live and why 'things' don't provide happiness.
We're constantly learning more and more about the power of our own minds, and Heal examines this even further, linking physical ailments with the human psyche. Hear stories from physicians, spiritual leaders and sufferers of chronic illness on the topic of healing from within.
4. I Am Maris
This addition to the list comes in at a short fifty-four minutes which makes it a perfect addition to the binge-able list. Maris Degener shows us how she has harnessed the power of yoga as a way of overcoming anorexia and starting over with a refreshed outlook on life.
5. Forks Over Knives
Food, in particular, the processed kin, is the topic at the forefront of this documentary where two food scientists detail their research into rates of obesity, diabetes and other illnesses.
6. The Mind Explained
Hosted by the one and only Emma Stone, go inside your own head to learn about the inner workings of the human brain. Each episode tackles a particular topic such as anxiety or dreams in this five-part series.
7. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
I'm sure you've heard of Marie Kondo, and you might have even adopted her joy-sparking philosophy at home. Therapeutic in and of itself, the show follows as Kondo helps clients to declutter and learn the importance of letting go to move forward.
8. The C-Word
Premiering in 2016, this Morgan Freeman-narrated doco takes a magnifying glass to cancer and what can be done to prevent the likelihood of a diagnosis through lifestyle and social changes.
9. Fed Up
Having been nominated at the Sundance Film Festival, Fed Up revolves specifically around the problem of childhood obesity and the large quantities of processed foods that are to blame. Producer Stephanie Soechtig presents clear and concise evidence that's shocking and important.
A huge topic for conversation right now, sustainable farming and agriculture is the only way to ensure the stability of our vital food system going forward. Sustainable speaks with progressive farmers who are leading the way in terms of ethical food production and who give us hope that the future of farming is in good hands.
11. The Truth About Alcohol
Experienced in treating emergency room patients first-hand, Javid Abdelmoneim explores all things alcohol in this hour-long documentary—its benefits, its risks and the way in which it influences our brains and bodies.
When you're finished with these, start on this list of the best new shows on Netflix this November.