When Dr. Drew Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist and Columbia professor, bought a small farm in rural Indiana, he learned more about food than just how to grow a tomato (albeit, he grows one fine tomato!). He learned that putting our hands in the soil is therapeutic, that there is nothing like picking ingredients from your garden and assembling a meal for your family, and much more.
Today, in our Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru talks with Broken Brain docu-series expert speaker and kale evangelist, Dr. Drew Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey integrates nutrition into his clinical psychiatry practice as an important component of treatment.
Dhru and Dr. Ramsey discuss the need to put brain health and psychiatry into the vocabulary of our daily lives, the many benefits of growing your own food, nourishing our minds with community engagement, and much more. You’ll even get to hear Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe that anyone can make easily.
In this episode, we dive into:
-What is nutritional psychiatry? (2:53)
-The intersection of traditional psychiatry and Dr. Ramsey’s approach (5:56)
-Using food to improve mood and brain health (11:05)
-Farm life and its benefits (19:35)
-Regenerative agriculture (26:51)
-Eating locally in urban areas (34:37)
-Community as a form of nourishment (38:20)
-The latest science on food and brain health (43:31)
-Tips to choosing quality animal foods (46:35)
-Dr. Ramsey’s transition from vegetarianism to eating meat (49:22)
-Functional vs. dysfunctional medicine (54:33)
-Dr. Ramsey’s favorite kale recipe (56:16)
-Finding Dr. Ramsey online (1:02:35)