Discovering the connection between food and mental health has been a revelation. It’s made a necessary difference in my sleep and chronic pain. Once perceived, it seems so clear. Yet not all doctors and therapists are making these connections yet. I'm passionate about letting you know how you can nourish your mood and give your brain health what it needs. I hope you will share this profoundly hopeful message with others.
I love geeking out on topics like the human microbiome, blood sugar and cortisol, microglia and inflammation, and the gut brain, our second brain. Not everyone wants to read dozens of books from my favorite teachers, like Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health by Leslie Korn and The Ultra Mind Solution: Healing Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First by Mark Hyman, MD. But the research is there, and it’s compelling.
Nutrition mental health research is slowly starting to come into more mainstream awareness, with review articles from the American Psychological Association; a collection of peer-reviewed articles in Clinical Psychological Science; and a review of the impact of food on neurotransmitters in Harvard Medical School's blog. Just this week, the Harvard Medical School had an article about the impact of leaky gut -- which has been recognized and treated largely by the leaders in the field of naturopathic and functional medicine whom I follow --on autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, and mental illness.