Video: Inflammation, Food, & Mood
By Erica Zelfand

Preventing & treating mental illness with food.

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Some key takeaways:

  • Inflammation, oxidative stress, and toxins can harm the brain and nervous system and contribute to mental health issues. Nutrition, lifestyle, psychedelics, and other tools can help reduce inflammation.
  • Ultra-processed foods are highly inflammatory and can contribute to depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. They are engineered to be addictive.
  • Other inflammatory foods and substances discussed include MSG, aspartame, advanced glycated end products (AGEs), alcohol, and glyphosate (Round Up).
  • Managing blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance, and being mindful of obesity can also help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of depression, dementia, and other problems.
  • Stress reduction through activities like exercise and meditation are important for mental health in addition to diet.
  • An anti-inflammatory diet focuses on whole, organic foods