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 delicious, brain-healthy recipes, This Is Your Brain on Food is the go-to guide to optimizing your mental health with food.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
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About the Author
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
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