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AMWA Conference – Nutritional Psychology

Excited to be speaking in November at the National Conference of the American Mental Wellness Association (AMWA) = https://www.americanmentalwellness.org/national-conference/

Here is my presentation outline – hope you can make it!

Food for Thought – Nutritional Psychology & the Role of Nutrition in Mental Wellness

  1. Nutrition plays well-known effects on “physical health and wellness” – including cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and cellular.
  2. Less well-known are the effects of nutrition on “mental” health and wellness – including depression, anxiety, pain, and burnout.
  3. The emerging field of “Nutritional Psychology” describes the biochemical/physiological basis for the behavioral/psychological effects of nutrition and lifestyle choices to impact mental wellness.
  4. This presentation will describe research-supported nutrition modalities to positively influence mental wellness – including pre/probiotics, plant polyphenols (“phytobiotics”), essential fatty acids, and traditional herbal therapies.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the role that nutrition plays on “mental” health and wellness – including depression, anxiety, pain, and burnout

Be able to describe the biochemical/physiological basis for nutrition and lifestyle choices to impact mental wellness

Appreciate the range of research-supported nutrition modalities to positively influence mental wellness – including pre/probiotics, plant polyphenols, essential fatty acids, and traditional herbal therapies

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