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Microbes at the Table: The Role of the Gut Microbiome in Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders are complex psycho-behavioral metabolic illnesses that arise from socio-cultural, environmental, biochemical & nutritional interactions with serious consequences for physical and mental health.

Novel approaches to treatment are emerging from biomedical and behavioral sciences, including the fields of neuroscience, nutritional biochemistry & gastrointestinal microbiology. Katherine talks with us about how the GI microbiome and the gut-brain axis (GBA) can act as both an antecedent and mediator in the pathogenesis and treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and other eating disorders.

Katherine L Stephens-Bogard is owner and founder of FUNctionally nouRisheD–aka FUNRD by KSB llc. Functionally Nourished integrates the science of western medicine with the contemplative practices of eastern philosophy to promote health of body, mind, and spirit for those struggling with disordered eating/eating disorders.

Clients of FUNRD receive an individualized nutrition prescription of nutrient dense foods intended to restore the physical body to whole health in tandem with mindfulness practices–yoga, pranayama (breathe work) & dharana (focused concentration) developed in collaboration with the client’s other treatment team members as appropriate.

Katherine’s webpage is under construction; but in the interim she can be reached via email @


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About Sarah Ferreira

Sarah Ferreira,MS,MPH,RD,CDN,CNSC,IFNCP,CHWC is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with complementary certification as an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner and Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is the owner of Mindfully Nourished Solutions, where she uses a whole-person, whole-food approach to explore the impact of nutrition on mood and cognition. Her individualized approach integrates an assessment of nutritional, genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors into a collaborative nutrition care plan using cutting-edge research designed to facilitate meaningful and restorative changes based around client goals and priorities.

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