This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods That Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More

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


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Eat for your mental health and learn the fascinating science behind nutrition with this "must-read" guide from an expert psychiatrist (Amy Myers, MD).

Did you know that blueberries can help you cope with the aftereffects 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.
A triple threat in the food space, Dr. Uma Naidoo is a board-certified psychiatrist, nutrition specialist, and professionally trained chef. In This Is Your Brain on Food, 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 40 delicious, brain-healthy recipes, This Is Your Brain on Food is the go-to guide to optimizing your mental health with food.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316536820
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 6,974
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

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; Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy; and has a private practice in Newton, MA. She also teaches at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The Gut-Brain Romance 11

Chapter 2 Depression: Probiotics, Omega-3s, and the Mediterranean Eating Pattern 29

Chapter 3 Anxiety: Fermented Foods, Dietary Fiber, and the Tryptophan Myth 57

Chapter 4 PTSD: Glutamates, Blueberries, and "Old Friends" Bacteria 81

Chapter 5 ADHD: Gluten, Milk Caseins, and Polyphenols 99

Chapter 6 Dementia and Brain Fog: Microgreens, Rosemary, and the MIND Diet 115

Chapter 7 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: NAC, Glycine, and the Dangers of Orthorexia Nervosa 139

Chapter 8 Insomnia and Fatigue: Capsaicin, Chamomile, and Anti-Inflammatory Diets 159

Chapter 9 Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia: L-Theanine, Healthy Fats, and the Ketogenic Diet 181

Chapter 10 Libido: Oxytocin, Fenugreek, and the Science of Aphrodisiacs 209

Chapter 11 Cooking and Eating for Your Brain 231

Appendix A Glycemic Load of Carbohydrates 293

Appendix B Common Sources of Vitamins and Select Minerals 295

Appendix C Antioxidants and ORAC 301

Acknowledgments 303

Notes 305

Index 361

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