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#83 The Brain Series (Part 1 of 3). Food, OCD and Anxiety with Dr Uma Naidoo


View #83 The Brain Series (Part 1 of 3). Food, OCD and Anxiety with Dr Uma Naidoo

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Dr Uma Naidoo is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef and Nutrition Specialist. It is a pleasure to host this internationally regarded medical pioneer in this more newly recognized field of Nutritional Psychiatry.

In her role as a Clinical Scientist, Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Uma is a professionally trained chef as well as working as a Psychiatrist, and after listening to this podcast you’ll understand why Michelin-starred David Bouley described her as “the world’s first “triple threat” in the food as medicine space”

Dr. Naidoo, has been asked by The American Psychiatric Association to author the first academic text in Nutritional Psychiatry. But she’s already the author of a book you can get your hands on in  the UK called “The Food Mood connection” and in the States it’s “This is your brain on  FOOD”.

On the show today we talked about:

  • Uma’s upbringing, family roots in ayurveda and how her grandmother influenced her love of medicine and food
  • Culinary School and why she went
  • Nutritional Medicine it’s scientific shortcomings and her dietary agnosticism 
  • Food Irritants to mental health, including transfats, additives and sugar
  • Spices, Fibre and Plants
  • Her perspective on Nootropics and Adaptogens
  • The vagus nerve as a bidirectional superhighway of information between the gut and brain
  • The connection between diet and OCD, PTSD and Anxiety
  • Her culinary hacks for making healthy food taste incredible

 

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Summary

What a pleasure to have Dr Uma on the show and a great episode to kick off 2021 with!

The subject today is one that I’m asked a lot about –  and I’m delighted to be able to go into the topics in more detail on this episode.

Do check out all the social media links and website for Dr Uma here – there’s a wealth of information there that I’m sure you will find interesting and also Dr Uma’s book which has been released in both the UK and the USA – UK: “The Food Mood connection” , USA:  “This is your brain on  FOOD”.

Click on this link to view a recent blog post that Dr Uma has written 


Guest: Dr. Uma Naidoo, Nutritional Psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School

Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr. Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food as medicine space: She is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef and Nutrition Specialist. Her niche work is in Nutritional Psychiatry and she is regarded both nationally and internationally as a medical pioneer in this more newly recognized field.

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Harvard Health Press, Goop, Healthline, Martha Stewart and many others, Dr. Uma has a special interest on the impact of food on mood and other mental health conditions.

In her role as a Clinical Scientist, Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Naidoo graduated from the Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston during which she received several awards, some of which included a “Junior Investigator Award” (American Psychiatric Association); “Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists” award (Harvard), as well as being the very first psychiatrist to be awarded the coveted “Curtis Prout Scholar in Medical Education”. Dr. Naidoo, has been asked by The American Psychiatric Association to author the first academic text in Nutritional Psychiatry.

In addition to this, Dr. Naidoo is the author of the upcoming title, This Is Your Brain On Food to be released August 4th, 2020. 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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