Balancing Mind and Body: Nutritional Psychiatry with Dr. Uma Naidoo

This week, join Valeria and Dr. Uma Naidoo for a discussion on the fascinating relationship between food and mental health.

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This week, join Valeria and Dr. Uma Naidoo for a discussion on the fascinating relationship between food and mental health. Dr. Uma is a prominent psychiatrist, chef, and bestselling author. Drawing from her books like "This Is Your Brain on Food" and new release "Calm Your Mind with Food," she uncovers the scientific connections between diet and emotional health, shedding light on how specific foods can influence conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress, and how you can use your diet to help relieve symptoms. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the mind-food relationship and learn valuable ways to cultivate mental resilience through what you eat.

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What We Talked About:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:57 What is nutritional psychiatry?
  • 03:21 Integrating nutrition into medicine
  • 06:39 Journey to holistic nutrition
  • 10:24 The rise of anxiety
  • 12:31 How anxiety manifests in our body
  • 15:50 The impact of gut health to our mental health
  • 19:05 How to start paying attention to your gut and mental health
  • 21:04 The Six Pillars for calming your mind
  • 23:18 Breaking the fast-food cycle
  • 29:32 Emotional eating
  • 31:56 “Everyday is day one”
  • 34:40 Personalized nutrition for women
  • 38:39 Food as medicine for the mind
  • 42:01 Is there good anxiety?
  • 43:53 Medication and supplements
  • 45:13 Instilling healthy eating habits in kids
  • 50:54 Calming teas
  • 52:33 Intro to spices



Dr. Uma Naidoo

Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based Nutritional Psychiatry Service in the United States. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She was considered Harvard’s Mood Food Expert and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. In her books, “This is Your Brain on Food” “Calm Your Mind with Food”, she shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a 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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