Gut & Mood: Mass General Psychiatrist Connects Diet To Mental Health

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A guide written by a nutritional psychiatrist at Mass General explores the connection between diet and mental health, highlighting the notion that what we put into our bodies has a massive role to play in mood.

Doctor Uma Naidoo is the author of "This Is Your Brain On Food," in which she urges that foods filled with fiber, along with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are pivotal to the health of the human brain.

One important point in the book is to move away from the standard American diet which is typically filled with ultra-processed and sugary ingredients.

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For prebiotics, Dr. Naidoo recommends eating garlic, leeks, onions, bananas, and oats. Healthy fats include avocadoes and olive oil, with fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha offering benefits of their own.

She says those who eat right often find success in combating depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.

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