Dr. Gauri Junnarkar, BAMS, RD, LDN
She is a highly acclaimed Author, International Keynote speaker, Nutrition, Ayurveda & wellness expert. She is the Founder, Director of ‘Ayurnutrition’, an integrative and Holistic wellness practice in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. She recently co-authored the book ‘A Primer on Ayurveda: A Practical Guide’, now published on Amazon. Gauri believes that mind and body have a profound effect on each other. She loves to educate people in choosing the right foods according to Ayurveda & Nutrition to nourish the body and create inner and outer radiance that exuberates health and wellness. With 15+ years experience as a classically trained Vaidya (Ayurveda Physician) & 13+ years experience as a Registered/Licensed Dietitian, 10+ years experience as a Certified Diabetes Educator & Licensed Massage Therapist, Gauri has been guiding people in reducing stress levels to increase their energy levels with Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Ayurvedic Therapies. She is also a member of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America and NAMA.
Topic: Epigenetics and Ayurvedic Diet & Ayurvedic Therapies for Optimal health and reducing stress
Abstract: Epigenetics looks at the effect of various biological and environmental signals that could affect gene expression. A person’s choice of foods, chronic stress and lifestyle could be a source of epigenetic signals that could modify gene expression in adults and increase the risk for chronic disease states such as Diabetes and Obesity. Stress can also affect a person’s immunity. Stress has been implicated for its role in increased cortisol levels. Some recent studies are showing that that stress can cause new DNA modifications in the brain and increase the rick for neurological problems. The prevalence is on the rise for Chronic Disease states such as Diabetes and Obesity. Understanding the relationship between Epigenetics, diet, lifestyle and chronic stress could help in the identification of key factors to prevent or lower the risk for diseases such as obesity, and diabetes. Also Lot of the recent studies have suggested that consuming certain foods, herbs and spices may be able to modify our genes expression and influencing our health. Ayurvedic nutrition concepts hold the key to a personalized approach to health and wellness. Ayurvedic approach through the use of Ayurvedic Therapies could be used as a tool for stress management. The presentation will focus on Ayurvedic diet, Ayurvedic Nutrition concepts, Foods and various spices on achieving optimal health. Through this presentation we will learn about importance of different Ayurvedic Therapies such as Shirodhara and Abhyanga and its use as a stress management tool. This presentation will also focus on Case studies, latest research and practical approach of using Ayurvedic Therapies in stress management.