This Is Your Brain On Food

This Is Your Brain On Food

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This Is Your Brain On Food


An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More

By Uma Naidoo, MD

Many people focus on the way their diet affects their physical health, their figure, and the environment. But we don’t often think about our diet’s influence on our mental state, and the consequences of this blind spot are dire. Pre-COVID statistics show that a staggering one-in-five American adults will suffer a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year, and 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life.

In other words, there is an epidemic of poor mental health becoming more apparent in this country — one that could be mitigated more effectively, and even reversed, by simple changes to our diet and lifestyle.  Now, more than ever, maintaining ourselves and our loved ones in optimal mental and physical health is key.

Dr. Uma Naidoo has spent her life exploring the relationship between nutrition and mental health – and her triple-threat credentials as a psychiatrist, nutritionist, and trained chef give her a unique lens into their surprisingly intricate connection. In THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FOOD (on-sale now on Amazon) she unpacks the complex ways in which food contributes to psychological wellness, offering practical – and surprising – dietary solutions for combatting a host of physical and cognitive health issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, dementia, and many more.

Packed with cutting-edge research on more than 200 foods, nutritional recommendations, and brain-healthy recipes, THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FOOD is the ultimate guide to reworking your brain – by reworking your dietary choices.


Uma Naidoo, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, professional chef, and nutrition specialist. She is currently the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she consults on nutritional interventions for the psychiatrically and medically ill; Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy; and founder of a private practice. She also teaches at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She blogs for Harvard Health and Psychology Today and has just completed a unique video cooking series for the MGH Academy, which teaches nutritional psychiatry using culinary techniques in the kitchen.





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