Feeding Emotional Freedom: How Neuroscience and Nutrition Nourish Mental Health with Judson Brewer MD Ph.D. & Julia Rucklidge Ph.D.


Original Air Date Wednesday, May 12, 2021 


Scientific research shows we can enjoy emotional freedom and dislodge ourselves from unrewarding habits. Becoming aware of where we find ourselves stuck and nourishing our bodies properly are the key elements to creating shifts in our lives. To understand what goes on under the human hood and how we can be our best selves, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two doctors who empower us with tools to take charge of our mental health beyond the therapist’s couch and the prescription pad. Dr. Judson Brewer shares the three-step process for managing anxiety from his newest book, Unwinding Anxiety. And, Dr. Julia Rucklidge recounts the research that is the foundation for her book, The Better Brain, which centers around the micronutrients that balance our emotional and mental health.

Dr. Judson Brewer — Gain Emotional Freedom:

  • The purpose of anxiety and how it affects the human brain. [2:02]
  • The 3-step process to managing anxiety. [6:01]
  • From his book, Unwinding Anxiety, Jud Brewer shares an example of how we can map our minds and change our habits. [9:58]
  • How disinformation and uncertainty heat the brain to create anxiety. [15:07]
  • Bringing awareness to a behavior is the key to changing it. [20:04]
  • The antithesis of anxiety is curiosity and kindness. [23:39]
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Judson Brewer MD Ph.D.

Judson Brewer MD, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He is an associate professor in the School of Public Health, and Medical School at Brown University. His 2016 TED talk, “A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit,” has been viewed over 16 million times. He has trained Olympic athletes and coaches, government ministers, and business leaders.

Book: Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

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Julia Rucklidge — Nourishment for Mental Health:

  • Julia Rucklidge studies the effect supplemental micronutrients have on a person’s state of mental health. [31:41]
  • A combination of micronutrients allows the brain to create the chemicals it needs to balance function in the body. [38:06]
  • Tips for consuming a diet that nourishes mental health. [40:00]
  • Improve mental health now by eating a wide array of nutrients and with proper supplementation. [52:21]


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Julia Rucklidge Ph.D.

Julia J. Rucklidge, Ph.D., is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Canterbury. Over the last decade, she has been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the treatment of mental illness and recently developed an international free online course for the public on nutrition and mental health.

Book: The Better Brain: Overcoming Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition.


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