The Cutting Edge of Nutritional Psychiatry: Healing through Food | Felice Jacka, PhD, OAM

Join acclaimed researcher and pioneer in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry, Felice Jacka, as she takes us on a captivating journey into the transformative power of food for mental health. In this enlightening video, Felice shares her personal journey of studying Nutritional Psychiatry and provides valuable insights into the current state of the field. She explores foundational nutrition knowledge, highlights go-to foods for mental health, discusses trials examining the link between food and mental well-being, and addresses the barriers preventing us from adopting healthier eating habits.

Drawing upon her extensive expertise and groundbreaking research, Felice Jacka sheds light on the fascinating connection between nutrition and mental health. She shares her own journey of discovery, discussing the pivotal moments that led her to explore the relationship between food and mood. With a focus on evidence-based research, Felice presents the latest advancements in Nutritional Psychiatry, providing valuable insights into how specific dietary patterns and nutrients can impact mental well-being.

0:00 Intro

2:57 How Felice Began Studying Nutritional Psychiatry

7:01 Nutritional Psychiatry Today

8:59 Foundational Nutrition Knowledge

14:27 Go-to Foods for Mental Health

19:41 Combining Food and Medicine

22:08 Trials that Examine Mental Health and Food

26:54 The Issues with Nutritional Psychiatry

32:08 Prevention is KEY

39:46 Why Ketosis May Be Harmful for Health

56:04 What’s Preventing Us From Eating Healthy

57:10 Ultra-Processed vs Processed Foods

59:13 It’s Time To Change… How Do We Do It?

1:04:12 Cutting Down on Alcohol Consumption

1:11:22 Conclusion

Felice Jacka OAM is Alfred Deakin Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry, Co-Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. Professor Jacka has been responsible for establishing the highly innovative and impactful field of ‘Nutritional Psychiatry’, influencing policy and clinical guidelines and practice in psychiatry globally. She is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2020-2022), putting her in the top 0.1% of publishing scientists worldwide for impact. In 2021 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to Nutritional Psychiatry.

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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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