7 Film Documentaries to Improve Your Health and Wellness on Netflix

These films are emotional, sometimes controversial, and definitely worth watching.

The arrival of the coronavirus has changed the world altogether. People, who were already addicted to online content platforms like Netflix, currently have no other option besides looking for exciting content online. That’s because the Covid-19 pandemic has forced them to spend most of their time at home. 

Netflix provides users with the opportunity to gather essential knowledge on wellbeing through a series of film documentaries on health and wellness. Recent years have seen the release of a series of such shows on the platform. Watching these shows will help you to learn a thing or two about taking care of your health, which is a real good thing considering the current situations. 

The problem is that American Netflix shows can only be viewed by residents of the US. To be more, precise, you’ll need a US IP address to watch those shows. If you are located outside the United States, you will not be able to access those content due to geo-restrictions. However, the good news is that you can view anything on Netflix irrespective of your location by using a VPN. 

The section below will introduce you to the seven documentaries that you shouldn’t miss watching if you care for your health and wellbeing. 

1. Heal (2017)

This 2017 documentary revolves around the fact that most Americans suffer from chronic stress disorders and thus have a compromised immune system. The show takes viewers on a spiritual and scientific journey that teaches them that the human body can practice self-healing successfully by changing certain perceptions.  

If you are interested in the science of healing beyond conventional treatment options, this is a perfect show for you. 

2. The Game Changers (2018)

This 2018 documentary is a must-watch for you if you feel that vegetarians cannot have a muscular physique. The show is voiced by celebrated actor and legendary bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. The show will introduce you to several professional fighters who are fueled just by plant products.  

As you’ll watch the documentary, you’ll see experts talking about various health markers. For instance, you’ll learn how it is easier for a vegetarian to maintain a healthy cholesterol level compared to a meat-eater.

3. The End Game (2018)

This Netflix documentary was also released in 2018. Do not miss this show if you have anyone close to you suffering from a terminal illness. It will teach you how to offer the best care to that person through counseling, palliative care, hospice, and so on. The End Game will inform you about the palliative care offered by the Zen Hospital in San Francisco.

4. Rotten (2017)

Rotten hit the Netflix screen in 2017. If you want America to have a healthy future, watch this show. It will teach you how to avoid contaminated food and make you a more conscious eater. 

Rotten will force you to be more careful about the things you choose to eat. This will have a direct impact on your health and the health of your family.

5. Take Your Pills (2018)

This controversial documentary was released in 2018. Take Your Pills is a documentary with the stimulant industry of the United States as its central character. Do watch this show if you prefer knowing about medications before making them part of your daily life.

The documentary will tell you how medications like Ritalin and Adderall are used not only for treating ADHD in kids but also for keeping children and adults focused on work for longer durations. In short, the film will expose the ugly truth of the country’s stimulant industry.

6. A User’s Guide to Cheating Death (2017)

If you want to know the reality behind fad diets, wellness products, and cosmetic procedures, do watch this 2017 documentary on Netflix. As you’ll watch the various episodes of A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, you’ll get to know how various big companies are fooling people with shrewd marketing tactics.

These companies promise to come up with products capable of making users ageless. The users, in turn, spend hundreds of dollars to buy the products. However, they never get the desired results. Watch the six-part series to see Timothy Allen Caufield of the University of Alberta expose more such realities.

7. Heroin(e) (2017)

Heroin is an Oscar-nominated documentary film that you can watch on Netflix. The film was released in 2017 and talks about West Virginia’s opioid epidemic. Don’t miss watching Heroin(e) if you want to learn how to fight and defeat drug addiction. 


These were just the top seven health and wellness-based documentary films you can watch on Netflix. The platform has more such treasures in store for you.

As you are spending most of your time at home these days, you should quickly finish watching as many as you can. These shows don’t have a single dull moment. Other than being highly informative and enlightening, they are also extremely entertaining.  If you are interested in learning more about psychedelic substances, check out this list.

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