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​The Gut-Brain Axis

The connection between the gut and the brain is fascinating! In this episode of Doctors+, Dr. Simran Rattan, MD, integrative medicine physician, integrative health coach, meditation coach and certified tai chi instructor, explains the gut-brain axis and how inflammation, mental health and chronic disease fit in.  You’ll learn about leaky gut, our microbiome and what causes gut imbalance.  Plus, discover what foods can help restore gut balance, including a discussion about prebiotics, probiotics and fermented foods.

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Listen to Esther Garfin, President and Founder of AFN, being interviewed by Eric Dye of the EPN Enterprise Podcast Network.

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From Barely Surviving to Happily Thriving: Anorexia and My Relationship with Food

Food – the one thing that is supposed to keep us alive is the one thing we’re convinced to avoid… Seems a little odd, doesn’t it? Why does the media constantly encourage us to fear food, and to feel guilty when we fuel our bodies with calories? Why do big, corporate, supposedly “healthy” companies like Weight Watchers encourage us to count every darn “point” or calorie” that we consume? It’s like food has become an enemy to society – and in order to be “our best self” we must carefully monitor every little crumb we put into our body.

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"Super informative! I especially like that the questions asked don't assume we know most of the answers already. The idea that migraines manifest themselves in children as tummy aches really provides a picture of the mind-gut connection. Thank you for this. I really don't like kombucha, but now I'd be willing to give it another try."

- F.V., "Gut-Brain Axis" Podcast Listener

"I am a long time fan and follower of AFN. Thank you for all that you do to help bring health and wellness to your followers."

- Stuart, Fan

"Really informative and inspiring for someone interested in moving in the direction of incorporating a greater proportion of plant based food in their diet. Off to stock up on veg!."

- Jack, "Plant-Based Diet" Podcast Listener