564. This Is Your Brain on Food: Connecting Mental Health & Nutrition with Dr. Uma Naidoo
Our guest today is the brilliant Uma Naidoo, MD, a Harvard board-certified psychiatrist, professional chef, author, and nutrition specialist. Dr. Uma's book is called This is Your Brain on Food. It's a full guide to the surprising foods that fight things like depression, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, and more. We go super cutting edge in this one as we talk about the undeniable relationship between our mental health and diet/nutrition.We start with her own health journey and integrated practice before getting honest with a few familiar faces in our cupboards at home – coffee, alcohol, sugar, seed oils, etc. – myth busting and truth telling on what’s good, and what isn’t, for our mental wellbeing.We all know the difference between feeling good after eating good, and feeling bad after eating poorly. Listen in to get the science on why that happens, and how we can design our diets (not restrict them) to unlock our best selves. We also talk about:Relatively new field of nutritional psychiatry A lesson from a patient Uma’s cancer diagnosis and treatmentPrecision-based integrated nutrition Connection between mental health and foodToxicity of a leaky gut (and fixing it)The brain chemistry of stress and sugarFast food and marketing messagesThe serotonin hypothesisPros and cons of coffeeNutrition in schools, then and nowGaps in the current medical system Eat the rainbow Resources:Read: This Is Your Brain on FoodWebsite: umanaidoomd.comInstagram: @drumanaidooJoin our community:almost30.com/membershipfacebook.com/Almost30podcast/groupsPodcast disclaimer can be found by visiting: almost30.com/disclaimer. Find more to love at almost30.com!Almost 30 is edited by Crate Media.Mentioned in this episode:Canvas Prints | Go to CanvasPrints.com and use code 'ALMOST30' to get 25% off your entire order.Nike | Nike Go are the perfect pair of leggings with infinite lock fabric, extra wide waistband, and six pockets for all your gear. Get yours today at Nike.com.Match | Match believes the most important relationship is with yourself. So, in a world where you can choose to do anything – or anyone – choose you first. Download the Match app today.Lululemon | Set joy in motion this holiday season at Lululemon.com.Osea | Find your new skincare and body care favorites at oseamalibu.com, and get a special discount just for our listeners.EquiLife | Listeners get $100 off the Minerals & Metals At-Home Lab Test at stephencabral.com/almost30.