Food As Medicine: How To Fix Your Diet To End Disease & Mental Illness | Dr. Uma Naidoo

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Dr. Uma Naidoo is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, a professional chef graduating with her culinary school’s most coveted award, and a trained Nutrition Specialist. Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described her as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food and medicine space. 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) and Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

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In this episode we discuss (audio version / Apple Subscriber version):
Understanding the role that food and diet play in mental health issues and treatment (12:53 / 10:55)
Exploring the root cause of anxiety and depression (18:23 / 16:27)
How to eat to calm anxiety (21:12 / 19:15)
The link between inflammation, mental health, and gut health (24:52 / 22:55)
The bidirectional relationship between anxiety and gut and autoimmune connections (47:01 / 42:41)
The link between psychiatric conditions and food sensitivities and allergies (50:44 / 46:24)
The connection between metabolism and anxiety (57:07 / 52:47)
Nutrients and micronutrients to help reduce anxiety (1:01:27 / 57:08)
Putting together a low-anxiety plate (1:15:41 / 1:11:19)

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  • @aija5810 says:

    Thank you 👍 for your best advice

  • @joecool3332 says:

    The Rolling Stones wrote a song about the drugging of women with valium (Mother’s Little Helper)

  • @fuckyougeorgebush says:

    19:45 My “outrage” related to politics is because I have no say in the laws that affect my life. Because my neighbor believes in authority, I have to live like a slave.

  • @aliceb6847 says:

    Mental illness is mostly due to trauma of some sort. Most are in denial of their experiences. Saying it’s due to diet is just as dishonest as saying it’s due to chemical imbalance.

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  • @BUY_YOUTUB_VIEWS_e0e125 says:

    Nice work man keep it up 🙏🏻✊🏻

  • @chequitaowens1885 says:

    Food industry should be held accountable like the tobacco industry was and was made to put warning labels on tobacco products. Consumers should be warned better and alerted about health consequences. Harmful effects from some foods may take longer to be noticed but general public may be taking great chance eating unhealthy foods (marketed as safe)

    • @oohwha says:


      If metabolic related bad health outcomes woke up tomorrow and were only doing as much damage to humanity as tobacco related bad health outcomes were doing at their peak (in the 1980s and 1990s in the USA)… people would go into shock. Imagine how free of intake the hospitals and doctor’s offices would be… imagine how fewer the prescriptions would be at the pharmacies……

      Oh… wait… fewer prescriptions at the pharmacies? We can’t have that! Profits > ALL 😥😥

  • @oohwha says:

    “Depression and Anxiety are NOT Prozac deficiencies.”

    I wonder how many years we have left before the “NOT” gets removed from this statement and the majority of society actually believes it?

    “Oh Brave New World, with such people in it.”

    *takes a soma tablet*

  • @bluestrife28 says:

    I hope this makes me not look at everything that I eat with fear and hatred. I never enjoy eating; and ppl who do usually disgust me idky . because I feel like it’ll kill me faster, especially here where they don’t care about you and invent a new pos food every day.

    • @christinalively8292 says:

      I think you need to see a
      Naturopathic Dr. You seem to have a food issue that they can address

  • @mr.snicker-doodles7081 says:

    Back in mid 1980’s when I was 26 I realized that SUGAR was making me feel depressed, anxious and sometimes even suicidal ! I started avoiding it and it was a 180 degree turn around! To this day I am off it ( although I do cheat during the Holidays a little haha)….and I FEEL awesome! Truly one of the worst things you can consume. I recently took it a step further in the last year or so and went Keto. It’s working great! Thx for this video, amazing info!

  • @suzannabirarelli9544 says:

    I love your videos, very informative. I’d love to hear you speak about oxalates in the foods because a lot of healthy foods you’re talking about are also high in oxalates like almonds, dark chocolate, some bean and pulses and expecially not good for metabolic issues where the kidneys are involved, thank you

  • @morgotha42 says:

    breast milk vs formula……. there is a situation going on that is forcing women to use formula and its NOT talked about! It happened to me! once you have the child a nurse comes in all nice and sweet and tries her dammed’st to push birth control! “you dont want to risk getting pregnant again this soon” and I fell for it the first 2 children! I was a low income mother who indeed did not want more children to fast and unplanned! well guess what happens the moment you take the birth control! Your Milk DRIES UP!!!!!!!!!! They Never warn you that might happen!

  • @keikonakamoto3235 says:

    Absolutely!!! We live in our bodies 24/7 and yet, my doctors never ask me what’s going on in my life diet or anything. When I share this information they dismiss the information and just try to prescribe pills instead. When I refused the prescription, they then just dismissed me!

    • @salyol7 says:

      Prescriptions there is a lot of money to be made with this I think best to avoid most of it.Very sad and unacceptable when you see seniors especially how many pills they are prescribed good chance it makes their health worse.

  • @ssgundes1 says:

    Very interesting podcast. I work in mental health and talk about food as medicine a lot. However in my experience with iron supplements that Iron supplements suck. You should be advocating for using cast iron pans for cooking.

  • @salyol7 says:

    If government would force companies to no longer sell and make junk good than we would be healthier it can be done

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