129: How to boost your immune system – with Dr. Uma Naidoo

By August 4, 2020The Simplifiers Podcast

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Q: are you feeling run-down, exhausted, stressed, and wish you could boost your immune system? I don’t blame ya! Life is wacky right now and you might be feeling the effects of it all, physically and mentally.

My special guest today is Dr. Uma Naidoo and she’s simplifying how to boost your immune system. And surprisingly enough, it’s simpler than you think… Bottomline, when you understand how the foods you eat directly affects your brain, (which then affects every other aspect of your body), it’s a total game changer. 

Here’s how.


My special guest today is Dr. Uma Naidoo and she’s simplifying how to boost your immune system.

We tackle all aspects of it, including:

  • Why it’s so important to focus on boosting your immune system, especially now through a pandemic and through big, big change
  • What she believes are the 5 key areas to better brain health, broken down in simple, easy-to-understand terms:
    • neuro-oxidative stress
    • neuro-inflammation
    • neuro-plasticity
    • emotional immunity
    • the gut-brain connection
  • The very best foods to embrace and which ones to avoid to build a stronger immune system
  • How to adopt ACTUAL habit change – what does it take to make healthy changes stick?
  • …and ultimately, what foods you should stock in your pantry to help cut brain fog, fatigue and stress.

I’m willing to bet you’ll learn at least a couple of new, simple things to try out after listening to this one. It’s just simple, small shifts that’ll stack up and help you get back to thriving over time. Enjoy!

Q: Are you struggling with your immune system or feeling low energy these days? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and start to boost your immune system this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More – Dr. Uma Naidoo 

(note: this book will be released in the UK in September 2020, under the title: The Food Mood Connection)

Podcast: How to make self-care ‘non-negotiable’ through cooking, featuring Carly Pollack – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to improve your gut health, featuring Dr. Daniel  – The Simplifiers Podcast

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About Dr. Uma Naidoo

Dr. Uma Naidoo – Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food as medicine space: She is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef and Nutrition Specialist. Her niche work is in Nutritional Psychiatry and she is regarded both nationally and internationally as a medical pioneer in this field. 

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Harvard Health Press, Goop, and many others, Dr Uma has a special interest on the impact of food on mood and other mental health conditions. 

She is the author of the upcoming book: This Is Your Brain on Food, showing the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and can treat and prevent a wide range of health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD and more.

Where Dr. Uma hangs out online:

Website: umanaidoomd.com 

Facebook: @DrUmaNaidoo

Instagram: @DrUmaNaidoo


LinkedIn: @umanaidoomd

Dr. Uma’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Dr. Walter Willett – He is a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He has focused much of his work over the last 40 years studying the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases and has published over 1,700 original research papers and reviews, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease, cancer, and other conditions. He is the author of the textbook Nutritional Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Uma Naidoo

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