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Most of the foods we consume are created for the supermarket shelf, not for our health, says psychiatrist Drew Ramsey. But you can boost your brain function and overall well-being with this one very low-tech, analogue tool: your grocery list. Ramsey's latest book is "Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health" (


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Transcript - A lot of people like to talk about multivitamins and how they're an insurance policy. And it's always confused me as a doctor. Do you really think there's an insurance policy for not eating well or not exercising or moving your body or not living in a compassionate and peaceful way? There's no insurance policy for that. When you don't eat well you get sick. And that's one of the reasons that I really promote a food first philosophy that certainly if people have a deficiency, for example, if you have an illness like pernicious anemia where your body doesn't allow you to absorb B12, of course you have to take a B12 supplement. Or if you're severely iron deficient, take an iron supplement. But over the long term what we really want to see is that people are getting their nutrients from food.

So some of the reasons for this aren't about nutrition, they're about community, that when you're engaged when your food and your food supply, when, for example, you go to a farmers market or if you have kids if you take them to a farm and teach them about where our food comes from that really creates a different philosophy or a different mindset about nutrition and about how we nourish ourselves. Certainly you can live on a multivitamin and sipping on some coconut oil, but that to me doesn't create a great meal. And that's really where I think about my favorite healthy delivery system, it's the dinner table where as people sit around there's a lot more going on than just the food. My family we're talking and we're processing the day and we're trying something new. Even just engaging with your food the creative process of cooking, you take some of these wonderful food I just sort of picked up at the deli and I thought well we can just whip up a little quick salad, add in lots of fats and proteins with these nuts and seeds, s little leafy green with the watercress. I've never made a salad that has those ingredients but it's a creative and fun process in a way to engage. Read Full Transcript Here:

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