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Gut Health: The Source of Vitality and Well-Being

Yoga and ayurveda have long taught the importance and power of agni, the fire of digestion at our solar plexus. These traditions extol agni as the source of physical and mental health—not just as a digestive power, but as the driver of vitality, immunity, courage, joy, and resilience.

Recently, modern science has caught up with the ancient sages as multiple research studies on the microbiome—the trillions of microorganisms in and on our bodies—pour in and validate the traditional view of agni. As society grapples with a vast array of GI concerns (constipation, diarrhea, IBS, acid reflux, bloating), chronic illness, and emotional instability, the union of modern and ancient approaches promises to lead the way toward improved intestinal health—and greater vitality and happiness.

Join Dr. Carrie Demers in examining the parallels between the ancient and the modern views of our GI systems, and then learn how to keep this essential part of ourselves strong and healthy. Topics will include the impact of diet (including pro- and prebiotics), stress, exercise, yoga practice, supplements, and herbs on our gut health.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 59 mins

Source: Livestream recorded live at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA on March 18, 2018.

About the Presenter

Carrie Demers, MD

Board-certified in both internal medicine and integrative medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Demers went on to study massage, homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, and ayurveda. She has been the medical director of the Himalayan Institute PureRejuv Wellness Center (formerly Total Health Center) for the last 20 years. Widely recognized for her expertise, Dr. Demers has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers, and lectures nationally on holistic health and ayurveda. She is a frequent contributor to yogainternational.com and the Himalayan Institute online Wisdom Library.

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