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Naturally Informed Mental Wellness - FREE virtual conference

Listen to FREE On Demand content from the Naturally Informed Mental Wellness: Mastering the Market virtual conference that took place January 20-21, 2021. In the opening keynote, Dr Alex Richardson, introduces the role of nutrition in brain development and function, and how diet impacts behaviour, learning, mood and cognitive performance.

Listen to FREE On Demand content from the Naturally Informed Mental Wellness: Mastering the Market virtual conference that took place January 20-21, 2021.

  • KEYNOTE 1: Nutrition for Life: Introducing the Link Between Food, Brain Development, Mental Performance & Behaviour

In this opening keynote, Dr Alex Richardson introduces the role of nutrition in brain development and function, and how diet impacts behaviour, learning, mood and cognitive performance.

Dr. Richardson outlines the importance of good nutrition – and particularly dietary fats – for brain functioning, mood and behaviour throughout the lifespan.  This overview summarises the basic science, and the latest clinical trial evidence showing how dietary changes can improve learning ability, behaviour and mood, and may help children and adults with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and other conditions, including depression and age-related cognitive decline.

  • KEYNOTE 2: This is Your Brain on Food

The Day 2 Keynote address is presented by Dr. Uma Naidoo, author of This Is Your Brain on Food. A Harvard psychiatrist who has studied nutrition and is a trained professional chef,

Dr. Naidoo draws on cutting-edge research to explain the many ways in which food contributes to our mental health. Learn about the connection between the gut and brain, and gain valuable insights into how a sound diet can help prevent and remedy a range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety to OCD.

  • Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis and Mental Well-Being

Professor Ted Dinan gives an overview of the 'gut-brain axis' and its implications for mental health. 

Stress-related disorders exert a major economic impact in all European countries. The brain-gut-microbiota axis has been described as a new paradigm for advancing understanding and treatment of such diseases. There is now overwhelming evidence to support the fact that gut microbes have a major impact on central neurochemistry and behaviour, especially in stress-related disorders such as depression.

Recent studies indicate that patients with depression have altered gut microbes. The reason for this dysbiosis is uncertain. Over recent decades, dietary patterns in Europe and elsewhere have undergone significant compositional changes, with increased intakes of red meat, high-fat foods, and refined sugars. Individuals who consume a Mediterranean diet have lower rates of depression, and a recent study suggests that a Mediterranean diet may have antidepressant properties.
 


Other presentations available on demand include:
  • E-sports & Gaming: An Emerging Opportunity for Mental Performance and Agility
  • Nootropics Market: Nutrition for Memory & Cognition
  • New Ashwagandha Research for Stress, Sleep & Immune Health
  • State of the World:  Stressed, Tired, and Foggy Trends and Opps
  • Psychedelic Therapy: Healing Hearts, Minds and Souls
  • Creating a Healthier, Happier (and Successful!) Workplace