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Philadelphia Chapter Event: The Gut-Brain Connection: How What You Eat Can Influence How You Feel

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 7‑8:30pm EDT
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
Contact: Emily Keshner

Have you ever had a gut feeling or butterflies in your stomach? These sensations from your belly suggest that your brain and gut are connected. What’s more, recent studies show that your brain affects gut health and your gut may even affect brain health.

Karen Mortka, MSN, CRNP Founder & President of WELL-Connected, will discuss how an imbalance in your gut can lead to mood disorders and review what we can eat for better overall health.

Many of today’s health problems can be reversed by eating the right foods. But did you know there are trillions of bacteria in your gut that communicate with your brain, and your diet may influence your mood and the way you think?  Increasing evidence has associated gut microbiota to both gastrointestinal disease and to anxiety and depression. Bacteria in the gut make neuroactive compounds, including 90% of our neurotransmitter serotonin, which regulate our emotions. 

Our speaker will cover:

  • The Gut microbiome and the connection that exists between the Gut and the Brain. 

  • How an imbalance in your gut can lead to mood disorders and even depression. 

  • What we can do to create a better Gut microbiome that leads to overall health. 

We’ll also take a deeper dive and review some of the latest research on the now popular diet approach of intermittent fasting and discuss if this strategy may be appropriate for you.

‚ÄčAbout our Speaker:   Karen Mortka

As a Nurse Practitioner, Karen has over 30 years of providing care to people living with chronic illnesses.  Her goal is to empower her patients with education and support to make better lifestyle choices.  Over the last 10 years, Karen has specialized in diabetes and has seen through good nutrition, this disease can be either reduced or reversed.
Karen knows that a poor diet is one of the main factors leading to so many of the health problems of today and that being overweight puts you at increased risk.  But, she realizes it’s not easy to lose weight and especially to do this alone.  Karen believes it’s easier to make changes when we can do it together, in a supportive community with others who have the same health goals. 
Karen’s approach to weight loss is one that’s based on eating healthy foods that nourish and strengthen our bodies.   She is passionate about changing the way we look at food and teaching people that food can be medicine and can prevent or reverse many diseases. 

Karen was educated at LaSalle University and the University of Pennsylvania, and resides in Telford, PA.

Zoom link will be provided in advance.

Material from, 04:55:50 May 12, 2021.
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