Dr. Uma Naidoo is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef, and Nutrition Specialist. Her niche work is in Nutritional Psychiatry. Additionally, she is regarded as a medical pioneer both nationally and internationally. In her role as a Clinical Scientist, Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the USA. She is the first psychiatrist awarded with the coveted “Curtis Prout Scholar in Medical Education”. The American Psychiatric Association has asked Dr. Naidoo to author the first academic text in Nutritional Psychiatry.
In addition, Dr. Naidoo is the author of the book, This Is Your Brain On Food. In her book, Dr. Naidoo shows cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others. She shares some of this with us during this episode. Also, Dr. Naidoo explains how Nutritional Psychiatry helped mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy treatments during her own journey with Breast Cancer.
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Here are some highlights from this Podcast:
(3:47) – The Power of the Prescription Pad
(5:50) – How Diet Affects Mood
(7:08) – Specific Foods that lead to Anxiety
(8:57) – How to Maintain a Healthy Microbiome
(12:05)- Dr. Naidoo’s Healing Journey and How Food Played a Role
(16:17) – Key Takeaways from her book
(18:41) – How Long Before You May Notice the Effects of Food on the Body and Mind
(20:01) – Mental Health in a Covid Era