How to Feed Your Brain and Boost Your Mood with Dr. Uma Naidoo

Have you ever thought about feeding your brain? What you put at the end of your fork not only changes your physical health but your mental health, too. And the good news is that improving your mood with food can be simple and easy to do.

As a leading voice in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry, Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef, and Nutrition Specialist, is shedding light on the food-mood connection and the cutting-edge science to back it up. Her new book, “This Is Your Brain on Food,” dives into the many ways that food can have a profound impact on stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, cognitive decline, and more. 

Having grown up in a large South Asian family where cooking, Ayurveda, and mindfulness were an integral part of her upbringing, Dr. Naidoo merged her roots in the kitchen with her lifelong passion for science and became a medical doctor who literally uses food as medicine. 

Dr. Naidoo believes that while so much is out of our control, food is something you can control. And with the right choices, you can start eating differently today and make an immediate impact on your brain and overall mood.

“Food is a low hanging fruit that we can use to improve our mental well-being.” ~Dr. Uma Naidoo

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The two-way highway between the gut and the brain
  • Why sugar can negatively affect anxiety and how to reduce your consumption 
  • Foods to avoid for stress and anxiety
  • What to eat for optimal gut health to nourish the microbiome
  • The mindfulness habits that can improve mental health
  • Why fiber is your friend along with spices and fermented foods
  • The role of caffeine in your well-being 
  • How to prevent cognitive decline
  • Why mental fitness can help improve your long-term health and happiness

You’ll feel empowered to start feeding your brain with mood-boosting nutrients and food!

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