This is your brain on Food
Hardback 384 pp. by Uma Naidoo, MD | Item Catalogue Number: 34190
“This Is Your Brain on Food” is the go-to guide to optimizing your mental health with food.! Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More!
Harvard-trained psychiatrist and nutrition expert Uma Naidoo, MD, uses cutting-edge research to explain the 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 issues.
Did you know that blueberries can help people 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 management, cardiovascular health and longevity. But what we eat affects more than our bodies; it also affects our brains. Now more than ever our food is something we can control. Foods can boost our immunity which is also linked to levels of depression and anxiety; studies also show a link to insomnia, dementia and more.
Packed with fascinating science, actionable nutritional recommendations, and delicious, brain-healthy recipes, This Is Your Brain on Food is the go-to guide to optimizing your mental health with food.
“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, This Is Your Brain on Food 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
“In This Is Your Brain on Food, reveals the hidden connections among 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. Each chapter takes us on a journey through mental well-being that surveys the market, menu, and spice cabinet. A unique leader in the food-as-medicine field, Dr. Naidoo is a rare combination of Harvard psychiatrist, nutrition specialist, and professional chef!”—William W. Li, MD, author of Eat to Beat Disease
“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
About the Author
Uma Naidoo, MD is board-certified psychiatrist (Harvard Medical School), professional chef (Cambridge School of Culinary Arts), and nutrition specialist (Cornell University). 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.
Dr. Naidoo speaks frequently at conferences at Harvard, for Goop audiences, the New York City Jewish Community Center (JCC), and Ivy Boston. She blogs for Harvard Health and Psychology Today and completed a unique video cooking series for the MGH Academy which teaches Nutritional Psychiatry using culinary techniques in the kitchen.
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