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44. Your Brain on Food: How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health - with Dr. Uma Naidoo #WellnessWednesdays
Episode 4429th July 2020 • Be Well by Kelly Leveque • Kelly Leveque
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I am fascinated by how food and our diet affects our mood. Dr. Uma Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based nutritional psychiatry service in the United States. She’s the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy. While serving on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, she was considered Harvard’s food-mood expert and has been featured in The Wallstreet Journal—in other words, she’s curious about which foods impact our moods and how. In her new book, “This Is Your Brain On Food,” she explores the fascinating science behind the food-mood link and offers actionable nutrition recommendations and recipes to optimize your mental health.

You will learn about...

  • (02:29) Getting interested in pairing psychiatry and nutrition
  • (09:16) The link between physical and mental symptoms
  • (16:08) The role of flavor in satisfaction and mood
  • (23:00) How gut health influences mood and mental state
  • (28:50) The science behind chocolate and controversial foods
  • (34:16) How carbohydrates affect your mood


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