IBS and SIBO and Leaky Gut, Oh My!

IBS and SIBO and Leaky Gut, Oh My!

Understanding and dealing with chronic digestive problems can be like alphabet soup. There are so many abbreviations and terms that it can make an already confusing situation even more so.

One of the most common conditions I see at SFNM is chronic digestion or elimination problems. Often patients have been to their primary care doctor and possibly a gastroenterologist without finding answers to their chronic symptoms. Most have scoured the internet looking for solutions, with many trying a wide variety of self treatments that can be expensive and yield minimal results. Self diagnosis can be very tricky, and without a solid understanding of the root causes, treatments are often ineffective or incomplete.

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A Naturopathic Approach To Mental Health

A Naturopathic Approach To Mental Health

Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, attention or behavioral problems? Perhaps you have taken a prescription medication such as Xanax, Zoloft or Adderall and it helped at first, but it stopped working OR you had terrible side effects. At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we offer you an alternative to the allopathic psychiatric approach. There are many factors that can be involved, and usually it is combination of several things.

Dr. Katie Strobe specializes in mental health, functional gastroenterology, immune support, skin health, thyroid health and detoxification. Dr. Strobe is enthusiastic about seeing how she can help you in your journey towards optimal health. She is available Tue-Fri, and is currently accepting new patients. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult.

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Eating Organic Produce is Easy and Sustainable

Eating Organic Produce is Easy and Sustainable

There are many health reasons we should be eating organic produce but even more reasons we should be sourcing it from local farms. Research shows there is an intimate relationship between the soil in which your food is produced and your human gut microbiome. Swiss researchers have shown that organic farming does matter. Organic farming increases richness and diversity of the soil microbiome. The link between the gut microbiome and health is very apparent, and the role of the soil microbiome in maintaining gut diversity is a direct link between the farm and your body. In the past several months, several large agriculture companies have shifted efforts towards researching the crop microbiome to find new microbial strains to serve as fertilizers keeping insects, weeds and fungi in order. So how do you take advantage of these health benefits from eating organic farm produce? Here are some tips on how you can implement organic produce quickly and easily into your everyday routine.

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How Your Gut Bacteria Help You Lose Weight

How Your Gut Bacteria Help You Lose Weight

We grow up being taught that our bowel movements are something to be ashamed of. What if I told you that rather than avoid it we should embrace it. Yes, our feces are in many cases a conduit for harmful viruses and bacteria, particularly in the hospital environment, but in many of us, our bowels also carry the blueprints to our health.

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Are Your Biofilms Making You Sick?

Are Your Biofilms Making You Sick?

Have you ever heard of biofilms? If so, you may know they contribute to the formation of plaque on your teeth, but did you know they can also form a slimy layer in other areas of your body or surfaces in your home and public places? A biofilm is a sticky layer of bacteria, yeast, algae or parasites surrounded by gluey matrix of collagen, proteins, carbohydrates and DNA. The biofilm provides a safe haven in which microbes can coexist, communicate with each other via cellular messengers and protect themselves against removal by scrubbing and antimicrobial or toxic agents.

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Restore Your Gut Using Simple and Ancient Bone Broth

Restore Your Gut Using Simple and Ancient Bone Broth

Practically since the dawn of fire, humans and ancient cultures have been preparing bone broth as a way to improve overall health. Now we understand this magical elixir is indeed more than merely “chicken soup for the soul.” Science has uncovered the methods behind how bone broth helps our bodies replenish minerals, repair gut imbalances, support joint and ligament integrity and soothe skin conditions.

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Is SIBO The Cause Of My Chronic Digestive Problems?

Is SIBO The Cause Of My Chronic Digestive Problems?

Is it common for you to wake up in the morning with a flat belly, and as the day goes on you get more bloated and gassy to the point where your clothes feel tight or you are uncomfortable? Maybe it’s worse soon after eating, but you can’t put your finger on what foods aggravate it, or it seems no matter what you eat it happens anyway? Have you seen your doctor for this and ended up with a diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)? If so, you may have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO.

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