Ask the Expert: Food and Depression


21 minutes

How Food Impacts Mental Health Featuring Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, MD, nutritional psychiatrist, author, and farmer, shares the connection between food and mood. Learn about his philosophy to eat to beat depression. He'll share his recommendations on what to eat, and what to avoid.

In this Episode of Ask the Expert

We will cover the link between food and mood:

– What foods are good for your mental health?

– What foods to avoid if you have anxiety or depression

– What is the ANDI score?

– Organic versus processed foods

And more!

About Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, MD, is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. His work focuses on clinical excellence, nutritional interventions and creative media. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice based in New York City.

Dr. Ramsey is a popular keynote speaker who has given three TEDx talks on nutrition and mental health and conducts workshops nationally. His work has been featured on the Today show, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, and the BBC and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. He has published academic work in Lancet Psychiatry, Comprehensive Psychiatry, and the Journal of World Psychiatry. He is on the advisory board at Men’s Health Magazine and the editorial board at Medscape Psychiatry.

He is the author of the forthcoming Eat To Beat Depression and Anxiety (Harperwave 2021) and three prior books, most recently the IACP award-winning cookbook Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health. The bestseller Fifty Shades of Kale made this superfood accessible to thousands. The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood and Lean, Energized Body explores the impact of modern diets on brain health.

Dr. Ramsey is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, received an MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College.

He splits his time between New York City and Crawford County, Indiana where he lives with his wife and children on their organic farm and forest.


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Other doctors and specialists get to make food recommendations—why can't psychiatrists be the same?