Nutritional Psychiatrist Shares Diet Mistakes that Cause Depression and Anxiety | Dr. Drew Ramsey

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Do you ever feel like you´re losing enthusiasm for life and struggling to enjoy the things that would usually make you happy? Initial signs of depression and anxiety can manifest through minor issues like losing your nerves about your in-laws or getting angry for no reason at all. But what if there is a way to fight depression with the food you eat? What might surprise you: Your current diet might be the source of your anxiety and depression. Your mood is directly impacted by what you eat. With the proper evidence-based nutrition, it is possible to take control of anxiety, boost your mood and live a life full of joy. In this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by Nutritional Psychiatrist, Men’s Health advisor, and author Drew Ramsey to discuss such matters and more as they explore the current state of depression. They also explain why nutrition is the easiest way of influencing depression positively and uncover a psychological lever to reduce your anxiety. Furthermore they disclose the way your anxiety is influenced by the foods you eat, which foods you should avoid and finally why you shouldn´t lose hope if you currently struggle with mental illness.


The current state of depression. [01:05]
Why nutrition is the easiest way of influencing depression positively. [1:25]
A psychological lever to reduce your anxiety. [2:41]
How your anxiety is influenced by the food you eat and the food that causes Tom anxiety. [3:36]
What creates lasting change, and how to lead with kindness to change behavior. [6:44]
Why most diets fail. [8:40]
The food basics almost every Nutritional Psychiatrist agrees on and why they matter. [9:25]
Drew reveals the things that are NOT part of every good diet. [12:03]
One thing Tom and Drew disagree on. [14:29]
Why knowing where your food comes from can help you cure loneliness. [19:11]
The big benefits of eating seafood and the top 3 kinds of seafood to beat depression. [24:40]
How Omega 3 fats in seafood work like snipers in your immune system. [28:00]
Drew´s on being vegan and which fats are bad for you. [30:25]
What you should rather do than buying expensive tests and supplements. [33:35]
How moving away from New York to a farm improved the mental health of Drew. [34:34]
Why you shouldn´t lose hope if you currently struggle with mental illness. [42:29]


“It´s an epidemic. Everything is going up. Depression is up…Recently showing male depression is up 60-70% over the last 12 months.” [1:05]

“They found that the risk of depression during quarantine, if your nutrition is bad, went up over 1000%.“ [1:55]

“There are foods that people need to cut out of their diet. Diets need to change drastically…” [7:15]

“All good diets are lacking ultra-processed foods. The reason I think they´re evil because of the way they increase inflammation.” [12:12]

“We did a research study where we said: When we look at all the literature, what are the top nutrients that are most important for brain health and helping depression? Twelve nutrients stand out. So we asked ourselves: What foods have the most of these 12 nutrients? Aside from plants, 3 of the top 5 foods were seafood.” [26:00]

“I have treated people with every type of mental illness, and it´s actually what gives me hope. It´s what gives me strength and resilience. I have seen people who have it so hard with what happens in their minds, and to see them just do amazing things: Start companies, have families, whatever it is, makes me very hopeful.“ [42:57]




  1. No offense but I have this to say. Than buddy where are ya. Cuz ain't no doctor listens to what we say. Man I even tried CAMH. And they can't help me either. So where do ya go city hall. That's a shame. That ppl beg for help and we don't get it

  2. GREAT interview! I am a cancer patient in remission. Was diagnosed a year ago. After going through chemo and radiation I suffered terrible depression. Consequently, doc put me on depression medication. It sucked! I started researching food as healing. I’ve been off medication for 5 months, completely cut out ALL sugar, eat 10 cups of vegetables a day, fish 3 times a week (do my best), no coffee after 1 pm, probiotics, etc. I’ve really noticed a difference. I love how this interview doesn’t prescribe a “one size fits all” approach. Love these two! Thank you for this fabulous information 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. Thanks Dr IGUDIA On YouTube, your herbs really worked in curing me from my type 2 Diabetes after so many months of battling with this illness

  4. I love every bit of this ✨💕 thank you both for the wonderful and eye opening conversation ✨🙏
    So looking forward to more 🥳
    Fermented Cheers gentlemen 🥂

  5. Thanks Tom for waking me up out of my decade-long debilitating depression. I have switched to a paleo/keto hybrid per the advice of your health theory guests, and it genuinely transformed my entire physiology.

  6. I think channels like this one are amazing. The fact that we are not paying for this content is unbelievable. I hope it stays that way. not everyone has the power to be able to access these brilliant minds. This doctor though…he kind of annoyed me…once he used the words "predatory" and "alpha" reminded me of a liberal!!

  7. nobody is by default an anxious person, anxiety comes from a damaged digestive system (worsen by any kind of external stress). In my case, I suffered anxiety at 33 years old for the first time in my life. Meds didn't do anything at all. Finally, after 1 year of trying to figure out the root cause, it came from NAFD due to my SAD diet. With a very low carb diet I am healing all!

  8. i am not sure what his message is. traditional diet can solve mental health problems? any traditional diet? the variation among those is huge. plus there is little actual science quoted here to actually back up this assertion

  9. Amazing video sir as you are inspiration for everyone !!!!! A few years ago I was also suffering from Depression and no medicines work for me & Then someone suggests me to follow the amazing tips given by you along with using memory support capsules of planet ayurveda that am using for last five months and i have so much amazing results

  10. I heard about the Forwago and decided to give it a try. I am more than grateful for the plans which helped me to improve my physical and mental health. Definitely, I would recommend everybody to try it!

  11. Mushrooms saved my life from anxiety and depression…Hit up @adam_shrooms on Instagram….He sells psychedelics discreetly. He got shrooms,Dmt,Lsd,dope asf💀🍄

  12. Fermented foods aren’t good for everyone for example if you have sibo they maybe feed it or histamine/mast cell issues. I know it’s probably good for more people than not though.

  13. Same feeling about shushing children! Can't be good for them. I changed toward this desire to hear them yell and scream as well. Also to explore on their own. Not possible in big cities! Even though love the city.

  14. the part about nature vs city life… i think well Tom, as a billionaire – is not connected to nature.. nor connected to basic stuff.. as Tom is beyond simplicity…. hard to believe anyone does not seek the farmers market… but billionaires are very different..

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