How food makes people mentally ill – or sane

Can blueberries help with trauma processing? Can salami cause depression? Or can an increased vitamin D intake support the treatment of anxiety? Yes, Uma Naidoo finds, a psychiatrist, nutrition specialist and trained cook.
6 January, 2023 by
How food makes people mentally ill – or sane
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

When they want to optimise their diet, most people are concerned with weight loss, fitness, heart health and longevity. But what we eat doesn't just affect our bodies, it also affects our brains. Recent studies have shown that diet can profoundly impact mental illnesses such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, dementia and more.

Uma Naidoo is a consultant psychiatrist, nutritionist - and trained chef. In her book, “This Is Your Brain on Food”, she draws on the latest research to explain how food affects our mental health and how a healthy diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of mental and cognitive problems.

Uma Naidoo is a speaker at the 3rd International Food Innovation Conferencewhich will take place on 21 June 2023 at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. The conference is dedicated to the question of how the food system can be sustainably reformed along its entire value chain from production to final consumption. In the third edition of the conference, the focus will be on consumers. Representatives of start-ups and industry leaders will discuss with scientists and thought leaders questions such as:

  • What does it take for novel food to be accepted?
  • Do consumers need to be seduced and educated?
  • Can suppliers survive with better food at lower prices?
  • Will healthy diets become the luxury of the future?
  • How do we solve the standoff in the game of responsibility between producers, industry, trade, consumers, politics, authorities and regulators?
  • Who will be the game changer, a "Tesla of the food industry"?

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