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Eating to Optimize Brain Health, Gut Health, and Mental Health

The two most common psychological disorders in the world are depression and anxiety.  Their impact on happiness and well-being is tremendous.  Although all mental health disorders are extremely complex in their causation, a compelling and growing body of research says diet plays a significant role in their prevention and treatment.  Certain nutrients and dietary patterns promote a healthy brain, as well as a healthy gut microbiome – both of which are critical to mental well-being.  In contrast, a lack of specific nutrients and an excess of unhealthy, processed foods greatly harms mental health. 

I would like to invite you to attend a virtual presentation I will be delivering this Tuesday evening, May 4th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Niagara region) on this important topic.  I rarely have events that are free and open to all that are interested – this is one of them!

If you would like to attend, please register by today or tomorrow.  Register at the following link:

Get Your Ticket (click here)

Information that will be covered in this presentation includes:     

  • How food choice impacts gut health, brain health, and ultimately, mental health
  • How reducing inflammation in the body, helps reduce depression and anxiety
  • How specific nutrients impact the production of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the body, like serotonin, that influence mood
  • Why the Mediterranean diet – rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish, nuts, and whole grains – may be the best defense against depression
  • How fermented foods and probiotics contribute to mental health
  • Why certain antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, such as turmeric, are considered natural antidepressants
  • How different beverages affect mental health, including water, coffee, tea, sugary drinks, and alcohol
  • Why ultra-processed foods, especially those high in sugar, are so harmful to brain health, gut health, and happiness
  • What the ultimate “Happiness Diet” looks like, including specific foods and food quantities 



I’m a registered dietitian with a passion for peanut butter sandwiches and an undying love for chocolate. I’ve been researching, writing, and speaking about eating for optimal health for over 25 years. I have two wonderful daughters, love hiking year-round, and have a definite addiction to pickleball. Perhaps, most importantly, I never let a good dance song go to waste!

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