Episode 11: Brain Food: Exploring the Gut-Brain Axis with Uma Naidoo, MD | The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast Sponsored by Orgain

The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast

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Mar 8, 2022

Episode 11: Brain Food: Exploring the Gut-Brain Axis with Uma Naidoo, MD

When it comes to nutrition and diet, people tend to only consider their physical health – but a growing body of research shows that what we eat can significantly impact our brain health. In this episode of The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast, host Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is joined by nutritional psychiatrist and professional chef Dr. Uma Naidoo to speak about the gut-brain axis. Listen in as Dr. Naidoo shares about the role the microbiome plays in our cognitive and psychological health, including how nutrition can impact age-related cognitive decline and mental health, such as anxiety and depression. Plus, learn some of her tips on how to create a plate that supports your mood and mental health.

About The Guest

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Dr. Uma Naidoo, MD


Dr. Naidoo is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and professional chef, and is the first Nutritional Psychiatrist recognized by The American Psychiatric Association. After graduating as a medical doctor, she completed her training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Naidoo founded, and is the director of, the first hospital-based Nutritional Psychiatry Service in the U.S. and is also the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at both Massachusetts General Hospital and General Hospital Academy, while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Naidoo is the national bestselling author of This Is Your Brain on Food.

About The Host

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Mary Purdy, MS, RDN


Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is an integrative eco-dietitian and nutrition educator with a Master's Degree from Bastyr University, where she is currently adjunct faculty. She has been in clinical practice for over 12 years using a personalized medicine and functional nutrition approach. In addition to being the host of The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast, she has her own podcast, The Nutrition Show, and is an author of two books, Serving the Broccoli Gods and The Microbiome Diet Reset. Mary is also a sought-after speaker, Climate Reality Leader, and consultant working with organizations to create a sustainable and resilient food system.

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