If you are wondering about possible food intolerances, sensitivities, or true food allergies, call SFNM for a free consult and possible testing. Our comprehensive allergy panels will likely give answers to your prolonged persistent symptoms holding you back from the life you were meant to live. After all, knowledge really is power…Read More
Functional nutritionist Sarina Irizarry offers guidance to get you through the holidays and keep your gut happy and healthy. Load up on Anti-inflammatory foods and spices; eat more cooked foods and warm liquids . . .
Use these simple tips to help maximize your gut health and reduce your toxic load. You can incorporate all or just a few of them. For additional support, Sarina is available for private consultations.Read More
Heartburn is a very common symptom. The NIH estimates that 60 million Americans experience a burning sensation in the chest or an acid taste in their mouths at least once a month. Heartburn can be an occasional symptom associated with heavy meals or alcohol consumption, or it could be associated with GERD.
So you’ve been diagnosed with SIBO, followed either the low-FODMAP or SCD diet protocol and had amazing results with significant improvements! But now you are hesitant to figure out what to eat next WITHOUT getting SIBO back. I’ve created this protocol for you to follow after you get rid of SIBO without limiting your life and risking the return of SIBO. However, it is good to remember that diet isn’t just enough to eradicate SIBO forever. In addition, here are some strategies to avoid the comeback of SIBO.Read More
In the Nutrinomic Lifestyle program, we help individuals make food decisions to manage their health and wellness around real life. This includes how to navigate social events and holidays. This holiday season we encourage you to stick to your personal food framework regardless of which dinner party you're invited to. You can stick to your food framework by following a few easy steps.Read More
Ah, summer is here which means warm weather and clear skies, but not necessarily clear skin. Heat, sweat, sugary foods and lathered up sunscreen can be a recipe for an acne disaster. Whether you are people-watching in Dolores Park, picnicking in Crissy Field or surfing at Ocean Beach—here are five tips for preventing acne flare-ups.Read More
If you are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you might be frustrated by how much it limits your life and by how little your doctors have been able to help you. IBS is the most common digestive diagnosis in the US, and yet so few effective treatments are offered. It is estimated that 20% of the population is affected by IBS, and 70% of those are women.
At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we see the diagnosis of IBS as just the beginning instead of an end-point because we know how to help your body to start healing. As naturopathic doctors, we are trained to understand not just the diseases of the digestive system, but how each part of it functions. By taking the time to evaluate all aspects of gut health, we can identify the root causes of your symptoms and then guide you through a treatment plan to restore proper digestion and help you get your life back.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms people experience. As with many health issues, there are often multiple contributing factors and people feel much better when we address all of them. I haven’t gone into all possible reasons for fatigue, but these are common ones with some simple solutions.Read More
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.Read More
We are happy to announce that Dr. Claire Graser has joined the practice and will be seeing patients on Wednesdays and Thursdays at SFNM as of November 2015. We asked Dr. Graser to tell us about herself and her approach to health care.Read More
Anemia affects an estimated 400 million women worldwide, and most women are unaware of the symptoms of anemia and tend to attribute such mild symptoms to the stress of modern life.
The causes of anemia can vary, from excessive blood loss, excessive RBC destruction, or deficient RBC production. In diseases such as Crohn’s and celiac disease, malnourishment and malabsorption of necessary B vitamins can also lead to anemia. Being deficient in iron, which is used to make hemoglobin, is another nutritional cause of the most common form of anemia as well—iron deficiency anemia.Read More
So you say you have gas, bloating, and digestive upset? But wait, you also have body aches and pains, joint pain and stiffness, allergies, and many other symptoms you think are not related to your gut...or are they?
What is leaky gut syndrome?
As they say, "March blows in like a Lion…" This year it seems like spring arrived early with a warm and dry January followed by some wet weather in February. The hills are green and the pollen counts are rising. With this unusual weather, we have seen our patients who suffer from allergies come in sooner and more symptomatic than usual. We expect it will be a tough season for allergic people.Read More
Libido is a term used to describe a person’s desire for sexual activity. Some people just do not have the urge or desire for sex. A decrease or no sex drive can turn sex into a chore instead of a pleasurable activity. There are many causes to a low libido including hormone imbalances, arousal disorders, medications, emotional trauma, stress, depression, a person’s belief system, physical pain and more. While some of these reasons are an easy fix, i.e. discontinuing the medications, others are more complex and may need a qualified doctor to help figure out what the cause is. It also might be a combination of different factors.Read More