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Can you beat depression with food? with Dr. Drew Ramsey

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We’re often told that eating well can prevent diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, but what about the effects of diet on mental health? The correlation is just as strong. What we eat impacts our brains and mental health—food does affect mood. In fact, highly processed foods can lead to a 50 to 100% increased risk for clinical depression and high-glycemic foods pose a significant risk as well. It’s time we stop thinking of the way we eat as relevant to only one piece of our health, it dramatically influences the entire body.

Today’s guest on this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is here to talk about the link between diet and mental health. Dr. Drew Ramsey is not your average psychiatrist. A writer, farmer, and doctor who focuses on the connection between mental health and food, he is passionate about nutritional interventions and creative media to share a different way of thinking about the brain and mood. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City. He also spends much of his time with his family, growing their own food, on a 127 acre organic farm.

Dr. Hyman is an 11-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician and international leader in the field of Functional Medicine. His podcast, The Doctor's Farmacy, is a place for deep conversations about the critical issues of our time in the space of health, wellness, food and politics. New episodes are released every Wednesday here on YouTube, and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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11 Comments on Can you beat depression with food? with Dr. Drew Ramsey

  1. Thank you both. It’s nice to see that you TRULY CARE ABOUT HEALING AND NOT TREATING. Conventional drs are full of sh-t.

  2. Amino Acids such as Phenylalanine and Tyrosine will put you back to normal. Both are known as antidepressants. Phenylalanine is a precursor of Tyrosine. I tspn of either will balance you within 24hrs. Buy at Health Shops.

  3. Thank you for this discussion!

  4. All this talk is missing is one of those $100 scented candles burning in the middle of the table.

  5. Glad to hear that someone is finally talking about preventative psychology. It is a great idea. We have yearly doctor check-ups, blood tests and various screenings, why not have psychiatry check-ups, with stress-coping skills and communication skills recommendations?

  6. Laurie Lancaster // 28th November 2018 at 5:22 pm // Reply

    The theory that a good diet supports mental health is scientifically proven! For one thing, a healthy diet supports a healthy microbiome. An unhealthy diet may feed bad bacteria, like candida, and it is also inflammatory. Inflammation has been shown to destroy tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin. Inflammation is exacerbated by by foods with a high glycemic index, such as sugar, too many omega 6’s, trans fats, etc. Fruits, vegetables and spices contain phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, vitamin A, C, D, E, K, omega 3’s, etc. all have been proven to reduce inflammation (scientifically, more than once, the USDA has a inflammatory rating of foods, and The Inflammatory Ratings completed by Monica R. both found similar results, I think the USDA included more spices that contained the phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. There is a test to test the level of inflammation, and there is a test to test levels of anti-oxidants too! We are so close, we just need to connect the dots. I know, for me, wheat triggers inflammation, I am sensitive to it, it makes my muscles all hurt, I retain water, and I feel depressed. I think part of the challenge is knowing what you are sensitive to!

  7. Cherie Province // 28th November 2018 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Thank you for a good lecture. Just a suggestion, change the camera angle….when you are in close it is good, but when the camera backs off, I feel like I am on a drone looking down on you….because of the high camera angle you both appear to be looking down most of the time.

  8. Olive oil, butter, garlic and onions are all of the ingredients that I grew up in an Italian and Polish household. My parents both lived a great life until 94 years old. I’m thrilled that a doctor starts his process with his patients with ‘food is medicine’. Thank you, Dr. Hyman, for another great podcast.

  9. most omega 3′ oils are rancid…where do i buy non processed omega 3 vitamins?

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