Brain Foods for Beating Depression and Anxiety – Kwik Brain with Jim Kwik

I had the pleasure of being on Jim Kwik’s podcast. Jim and I have known each other for a little while now and it is always great to connect with him. He is an expert in helping people learn and improve their memory. We really connect over our mutual love of brains and brain health. His work helping people improve the functioning of their brains is the kind of activity that helps round out a mental fitness program. We often try to get physically stronger with our fitness but what about improving our mental fitness with reading speed and retention? I am trying to follow one of Jim’s suggestions about reading 20-30 pages of a book every day. What about you?

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  • [02:39] The one thing that made me hopeful about mental health this past year
  • [05:20] The steps I ask my patients to take when thinking about their mental health and nutrition
  • [09:15] What I recommend people start eating right away for their brain health
  • [11:18] The short rhyme I tell my patients to easily remember which foods to be eating for their mental health 
  • [12:13] Why I eat dark chocolate


  • [05:28] “There are ways you can think about nutrition that impact your mental health to get away from that black and white thinking like ‘oh now you eat blueberries, now you have a healthy brain.’” 
  • [05:52] “There’s so much data now that nutrition is your most powerful environmental factor that for the most part is really under your control.” 
  • [11:56] “When we take in real food even in a treat or snack form like that we’re getting more fiber, more protein, more real fats that fills us up and sort of settles us down.”

Drew Ramsey, MD

Drew Ramsey, M.D. is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a clear voice in the mental health conversation and one of psychiatry’s leading proponents of using nutritional interventions. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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