#169 Build Your Brain Using Food with Dr Uma Naidoo

19 Oct 2022

On the show today, I catch up with Dr Uma, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef and Nutrition Specialist.

Uma has been on the pod before where we talked about nutrition, OCD and anxiety and on today’s episode we talk through practical tips on:

  • hydration for mental health and some practical tips to drink more
  • How her views evolved since writing her book “The Food Mood connection”
  • The 80/20 rule and the importance of balance and flexibility
  • What’s in her cupboard & fridge and some budget-friendly ways to eat well
  • Spices that support brain health
  • What’s next for the field of nutritional psychiatry, including psychobiotics

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Dr Uma Naidoo

A Harvard trained psychiatrist, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy and best selling author of The Food Mood Connection

Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr. Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food and medicine space: a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef graduating with her culinary schools’ most coveted award, and a trained Nutrition Specialist. Her nexus of interests have found their niche in Nutritional Psychiatry.

Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based Nutritional Psychiatry Service in the United States. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

She was considered Harvard’s Mood-Food expert and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Naidoo is also the national best selling author of This Is Your Brain On Food.

In her book, she shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others.

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