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The Food Mood ConnectionDid you know that blueberries can help you cope with the after-effects of trauma? That salami can cause depression, or that boosting Vitamin D intake can help treat anxiety? When it comes to diet, most people's concerns involve weight loss, fitness, cardiac health, and longevity. But what we eat affects more than our bodies; it also affects our brains. And recent studies have shown that diet can have a profound impact on mental health conditions ranging from ADHD to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, dementia and beyond. Dr. Uma Naidoo is a board-certified psychiatrist, nutrition specialist, and professionally trained chef. In The Food-Mood Connection, she draws on cutting-edge research to explain the many ways in which food contributes to our mental health, and shows how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues. Packed with fascinating science, actionable nutritional recommendations, and delicious, brain-healthy recipes, The Food-Mood Connection is the go-to guide to optimizing your mental health with food.
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It's no surprise that what we eat affects the way we feel, however This Is Your Brain on Food offers valuable and much-needed information on the specific ways that food helps and harms our mental health. This is a must-read for anyone interested in natural ways to improve cognitive function. * Amy Myers, MD, author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection * In a very real sense, we are our brain's architect in terms of both structure and function. And without question, food may be the most powerful influence on our brain's destiny. Building on leading research, The Food Mood Connection provides everything you need to craft a nutritional program focused on optimizing brain health and performance. * David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain and Brain Wash * A unique leader in the food-as-medicine field,, Dr. Uma Naidoo reveals the hidden connections between food, our mood, and the brain. She tells us how the deep suffering from depression, anxiety, dementia, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other conditions can be relieved through dietary changes, all based on solid science...When it comes to cooking and eating to improve mental health, nobody does it better! * William W. Li, MD, author of Eat to Beat Disease * Dr. Naidoo brings together her background as a professional chef, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, and nutrition expert to take readers to the cutting edge of what we know, and don't know, about the complex connections between our diets and mental health. This is one of the great frontiers in medicine, and having her as a guide will be invaluable for anyone wanting to know more about this critically important and rapidly unfolding topic. * Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Harvard University, author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy * Dr. Uma Naidoo has synthesized the current research on food for mental health in the most reliable and digestible way that I've experienced. A must-read if you are looking for what you should or shouldn't do to boost your mood, energy, or concentration. * Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics and author of The End of Mental Illness * As a trained chef and psychiatrist, Uma Naidoo is uniquely qualified to dispense food as medicine for the mind/body interface. This is an important book, and as satisfying as a great meal. * David L. Katz, MD, president of True Health Initiative and coauthor of How to Eat * Dr. Uma Naidoo unveils a truth that I wholeheartedly endorse: what we eat affects our brains. Her incisive research and scrumptious recipes are an ode to enhancing mental acuity. * Lisa Mosconi, PhD, director of the Women's Brain Initiative at Weill Cornell and author of The XX Br * In this riveting guide to nutritional psychiatry, Dr. Naidoo shares her deep personal insights, broad research findings, and profound wisdom. The Food Mood Connection is destined to be a must-read for anyone who wants to care for themselves and their body, to optimise their physical and mental health, and ultimately to live a long and healthy life. * Dr. Lynda Gratton, professor at London Business School and coauthor of The 100-Year Life * If you want to improve your cognitive function, mood and mental health, read this book! * Dr. Josh Axe, author of Keto Diet * A timely reminder that being mindful of what we eat is the way to stay healthy in body and mind. * Waitrose Weekend *
Dr. Uma Naidoo is the head of faculty at Harvard Medical School and is Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a trained chef and runs a "food and mood" column for the official Harvard Health blog, which is trusted by over 8 million unique readers each month. This is her first book.