Harvard Nutritional Psychiatrist Shares the Key Foods for Incredible Mental Health | Dr. Uma Naidoo

Harvard Nutritional Psychiatrist Shares the Key Foods for Incredible Mental Health | Dr. Uma Naidoo

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Diet, nutrition, and mental health. What is the connection between them, how does our nutrition influence our mental health and emotions, and what are the steps we can take today to walk on a path towards proper brain health? Has your diet significantly affected your emotions, behaviors, or mental wellbeing? Are you seeking a powerful alternative to the never-ending cycle of prescriptions? On this episode of Health Theory, nutritional psychiatrist and author Dr. Uma Naidoo joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore the connection between your diet and your mental behaviors. They discuss ways to lower anxiety through diet, the affect sweeteners have on your brain, what key foods to avoid, the ketogenic diet, what steps you can take for proper brain health, the dangerous and hidden ingredients in fast food, how to build a healthy proper salad, and what supplements everyone can benefit from taking.


Mind & Body | Dr. Naidoo shares her journey to focusing on nutritional psychiatry. [0:46]
Anxiety | Dr. Naidoo discusses the connection between your diet and your mental health. [2:41]
Sweeteners | Dr. Naidoo shares the affect of sweeteners on your mental health. [5:55]
Foods to Avoid | Dr. Naidoo reveals the foods to avoid for better mood and mental health. [9:09] Panic | Dr. Naidoo discusses the connection between anxiety and being hypoglycemic.[12:16]
Keto | Dr. Naidoo discusses the ketogenic diet and its relation to improved anxiety. [13:35]
Brain Health | Dr. Naidoo discusses the ‘brain diet’ and the best foods for our brain. [15:06]
Alcohol | Dr. Naidoo discusses a healthy approach to consuming alcohol. [17:48]
Sodium | Dr. Naidoo shares her take on sodium and its affect on our health. [20:34]
Fast Food | Dr. Naidoo reveals the hidden, yet dangerous, ingredients in fast food. [26:12]
Meat | Dr. Naidoo shares the best practices for having animal protein in your diet. [30:23]
Mediterranean | Dr. Naidoo breaks down the mediterranean diet and its benefits. [32:09]
Easy Steps | Dr. Naidoo shares the ‘easy wins’ you can implement into your diet. [34:02]
Magnesium | Dr. Naidoo discusses the importance of magnesium in our diet. [36:15]
Salads | Dr. Naidoo reveals the dos and don’ts of building a healthy salad. [37:15]
Supplements | Dr. Naidoo discusses the supplements most people can benefit from. [41:33]
Connect | Dr. Naidoo shares how you can follow her to learn more. [42:54]


“When a doctor says to you, “Here take this prescription,” as I have done as well, it’s disempowering to someone, you know. You’re being told you have to do this and you have this symptom and this is what will make you better. I think that nutrition and food flips that ratio and puts the person in the driver seat.” [25:14]

“Having those little things at the tips of the fingers is empowering; knowing that there are 200 names for sugar.” [28:30]

“What I find is that of the different diets, the mediterranean eating pattern has consistently shown the best results for depression and anxiety.” [32:00]

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  1. Moe Moe on August 16, 2022 at 5:21 am

    I love this channel ❤️

  2. Sheila Hendrix on August 16, 2022 at 5:23 am

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  3. Disappointed Mom on August 16, 2022 at 5:25 am

    useless video

  4. Mitiku Debelie on August 16, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Thank you

  5. Michael Zahnow on August 16, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Eat fruit and veggies in alphabetical order!?

  6. Darren on August 16, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Just want to say thanks for interviewing these exerts that expose our corrupt diet and health system. Much needed alternative knowledge and opposing views to mainstream corruption 😌

  7. Birch C. on August 16, 2022 at 5:28 am

    Wow! ***my new hero*** this woman is a very helpful nutrition resource.

  8. HaPPy ViBeS on August 16, 2022 at 5:31 am

    Brain food— try out this recipe —- to increase your memory power

  9. SILVERBACK on August 16, 2022 at 5:31 am


  10. Celia Barrett on August 16, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Am I missing it? I don’t see the name of her book in the note.

  11. Barbara Brown-Daniels on August 16, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Please help her!

  12. Delete on August 16, 2022 at 5:32 am

    I stopped sugar and junk for one week, and it resulted in consecutive days where I just felt awake and not stressed as much. Then we got invited to a kids birthday party and I pigged out on pizza and doughnuts. The next day, high BP again and anxiety.

    It works, but the bad stuff is highly addictive and you have to be disciplined, which I am not.

  13. gabbott432 on August 16, 2022 at 5:34 am

    is this lady being intentionally vague and not answering the questions thoroughly, or is it just me..?

  14. Jerod D on August 16, 2022 at 5:35 am

    What about honey? Or fructose sugar?

  15. Sarah Murphy on August 16, 2022 at 5:36 am

    She is wonderful and Tom seems like a good guy but it was irksome that he interrupted abruptly a few times and was a big too focused on his experiences with anxiety. My comments are shared in the spirit of constructive change and attunement. Rush less and listen more.

    Posting this interview is a gift to all of us so thank you, Tom!

  16. testsub1 on August 16, 2022 at 5:40 am

    Her accent is difficult to understand.

  17. Sheila Hendrix on August 16, 2022 at 5:41 am

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  18. Yellow Rose on August 16, 2022 at 5:41 am

    Sorry if I missed. Is Xylitol made from birch ok to use?

  19. TheGoodjeffman on August 16, 2022 at 5:45 am

    Is it my imagination or does this advocate of good nutrition herself look a bit overweight. She needs to Walk her Talk. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a lot of interesting points to make.

  20. Geert Heymans on August 16, 2022 at 5:45 am

    One thing that ennoys to death … the sponsor branding talk … which makes the talk nothing but a promo stunt ! Or is it just typical an American way of promoting ideas the necessity for any interesting conversation which can’t be engaging without the commercial stultifying stuff … 🤔?

  21. Herve DuChemin on August 16, 2022 at 5:46 am

    So fresh juiced carrots or some raw enzymatic honey are bad for you because of the sugar? Nahhhh. The dose makes the poison.

  22. qicongjcd123 on August 16, 2022 at 5:46 am

    What is the title of her book that y’all discuss? Thanks for this video.

  23. Steven K. on August 16, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Commercial way too long. Done at 22 minutes in.

  24. Megan Lyons - Health & Wellness Expert on August 16, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Thank you for your work, Dr. Naidoo! Just posted my own video on top 10 brain foods (I’m a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist), and I cited your book! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Julie Levesque on August 16, 2022 at 5:50 am

    200 names for sugar…pretty sneaky of the corporations

  26. Brandon Combs on August 16, 2022 at 5:51 am

    My name is Brandon William Combs & I am a prisoner at the Oregon State Hospital in Junction City Oregon. We need nutritional psychiatry. Living here is a punishment. Not a therapy. They make our bodies sick and do nothing to heal our minds. It is however an effective, albeit , inhumane detriment to crime.

  27. Thee JJ on August 16, 2022 at 5:51 am

    The idea of introducing alternatives to inspire people rather than forbidding it reminds me of the uk tv show eat well for less. They swap people’s daily go to groceries without showing them the labels and motivate them to eat better foods motivating them to eat healtier foods by showing them how much money they can save up if they do. Usually actually having the people focus on a specific goal they want to save up for.

  28. Theresa Nania on August 16, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Y does this man keep interrupting her

  29. Granny Grammar on August 16, 2022 at 5:52 am

    "the affect sweeteners have on your brain"? Good try, but no.
    Consolation prize: any effect on your brain may have an effect on your affect.
    Note that the Grammarly and Grammar101 entries on these are terrible and the Merriam-Webster is pretty poor.
    Any change in your brain may have an influence on the impression you make on others.
    To have an effect, noun, is to affect, verb, but the aspect of your manner that affects others is your affect, noun.

  30. Brandon Combs on August 16, 2022 at 5:52 am

    My name is Brandon William Combs. I am a prisoner at Oregon State Hospital in Junction City. We need nutritional psychiatrists. They force medicate and feed us a "modified" DASH diet.

  31. Suzette Bavier on August 16, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Thank you both So Very Much❣❣❣❣❣

  32. Wanda Weber on August 16, 2022 at 5:52 am

    What to you suggestions to 11yr old love fast food. Computer games does not exercise stay up late night. Very bad habits I think he has anxiety about the new school . His mother has let this monster get out of hand

  33. toeknee Lorenzo on August 16, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Wud u say magnesium pills r better than magnesium oil?

  34. PrdxlDrm on August 16, 2022 at 5:55 am

    5:55 I mean… don’t get me wrong, artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame are awful to our health and are effectively neurotoxins (in other words, their action on the brain is no better or even worst than pure sugar). That being said, the amount of caffeine that Tom was drinking is stupidly high and that in itself is enough to drive someone’s anxiety through the roof!

  35. carlbernngl on August 16, 2022 at 6:00 am

    What did she say at 5:55?

  36. _pudu on August 16, 2022 at 6:01 am

    duuudeee hes interrupting twice just at the very start of the interview? so disrespectful, and just to talk about his own personal stuff like hes hired her for a personal consultation? 🙁

  37. Don Beck on August 16, 2022 at 6:01 am

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  39. cetin metin on August 16, 2022 at 6:05 am

    Nature sounds never change.
    The sounds of birds and bees never change.
    This is nature’s memory.
    Nature sounds can strengthen your memory.
    But traffic sounds and human voices are irregular.
    Excessive and constant exposure to irregular sounds can impair your memory.
    Bees find their hives even if they go long distances.
    Bees always weave perfect honeycombs.
    They never forget to make honeycombs.
    They work like a master mathematician.
    Honey strengthens memory.
    Honey walnut mixture protects all your organs.
    Why don’t those with Alzheimer’s forget how to talk?
    If they didn’t have teeth, they couldn’t talk.(dentures)
    Why is there so much crying in Alzheimer patients?
    Pomegranate seeds look like teardrops, right?
    Why is Alzheimer’s more common in the elderly?
    Old people don’t usually have teeth, do they?
    Pomegranates and almonds can be two great fruits for the whole body.
    Because pomegranate and almond represent the brain.
    Pomegranate seeds are in the form of small seeds in a transparent capsule.
    The structure of the human cell is in the form of a small nucleus in a transparent capsule.
    The pomegranate is large and round like a human head.
    The pomegranate peel is thick, and the inside of the pomegranate peel is similar to the inner surface of the human skull.
    Pomegranate can regenerate brain cells and treat Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
    Pomegranate peel can be beneficial for bones as it resembles a human skull.
    The inside of the pomegranate is red, just like the blood in the human body.
    The membrane inside the pomegranate may represent the cerebral cortex.
    In other words, to treat the brain, you may need to eat the pomegranate completely with its peel, skin and seeds. Pomegranate is a complete food.
    Pomegranate seeds resemble human teeth.
    Our teeth are located in the skull.
    The soft, juicy inner texture of the pomegranate can heal your internal organs, while the peel of the pomegranate can heal your bones.
    The chambers in the "Pomegranate" resemble a cross-section of the kidney.
    Pomegranate seeds resemble kidney stones. Pomegranate can dissolve kidney stones and clear kidneys.
    Pomegranate can cure mental illnesses.
    The velvety green rind of the almond resembles a human hair.
    Small holes on the hard shell of the almond look like hair follicle holes.
    Fresh almonds should be a complete food.
    Fresh almonds may be beneficial in neurological diseases.
    The velvety green bark of almonds can be a great tonic for hair.
    There are terrific claims about hydrogen peroxide and bay leaf.
    The claim is this: drop 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide into a glass of water and drink it.
    No matter how much you drink, repeat this practice whenever you want to drink water.
    Chew a few bay leaves every day and get rid of all your diseases.
    And consume bay leaf in the form of tea.
    Additional information: The rate of hydrogen peroxide you will get from the pharmacy should be 3 percent.
    Pregnant women should not use bay leaves.
    I don’t know English. I hope I made understandable sentences with google translate.

  40. Nina Alvarez on August 16, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Tom, what diet do you follow?

  41. Ann TV on August 16, 2022 at 6:06 am

    Glad I found this. It’s a great help to me. I had a depression when I was 18 and now I’m 53. I still keep on studying about this different kinds of disorders and that food has a big impact on this. I have a sweet tooth.

  42. gpx922 on August 16, 2022 at 6:07 am

    I have severe OCD I will take her advice sort of at the end of the day she is overweight and the keto diet is poisonous

  43. Leandro Barrios on August 16, 2022 at 6:10 am


  44. hannah on August 16, 2022 at 6:11 am

    So it’s processed “veg” oil (canola, sunflower, corn, safflower ) that’s unsafe. It’s not that the seed itself that’s the problem. How about coldpressed, unrefined veg/seed oil?

  45. David Lloyd-Jones on August 16, 2022 at 6:13 am

    "the affect sweeteners have on your brain"? Good try, but no.
    Consolation prize: any effect on your brain may have an effect on your affect.

  46. Sharina Ross on August 16, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Found this good

  47. L Crust on August 16, 2022 at 6:18 am

    Concerning salt – several years ago I read that about 30% of the population is sensitive to salt. In my own case, at a doctor’s appointment several years ago, I was found to have excessively high blood pressure, and the doctor wanted to put me on BP medication, which I didn’t want. She gave me another week to come back for another checkup. So, I went home and got rid of all the prepared foods that I had, started cooking my own food of fresh vegetables (without added salt), and after the end of the week my blood pressure was down to normal. So, salt CAN make a difference, but your sensitivity may vary.

  48. Picturi Si jucarii on August 16, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Hello,i had many emotional shocks trough years and many problems in my family,now i have fear that i loose my mind,that i will talk wrong,that i will behave wrong,it is good ashwagandha to get rid of running thoughts,bad feelings and things like that?

  49. Allen Culbertson on August 16, 2022 at 6:19 am

    God bless you and thank you 😇

  50. MernCat on August 16, 2022 at 6:20 am

    I remember reading a book by Gary Null that I believe was published in 1979 talking about this.. I used to watch Dr Amen on PBS about 20 years ago talking about this exact stuff.. everything from food to herbs and specific vitamins and minerals