Meet Dr. Christine Maren—a certified functional medicine practitioner, who opened her own independent practice in 2017.
Raised in an environment that promoted an active lifestyle and good nutrition, Dr. Maren became interested in holistic medicine at a early age. However, after suffering chronic digestive issues, autoimmunity, hypothyroidism, gluten intolerance and recurrent pregnancy loss, she relied on functional medicine to improve her own health and now it’s the primary focus of her practice.
Dr. Maren’s journey into functional medicine gave her the tools she was missing in her conventional training and it reignited her passion for medicine.
In our interview we discuss SIFO—small intestinal fungal overgrowth. SIFO is often an underlying health issue for a lot of people that goes undiagnosed or mistreated until other chronic issues start popping up.
Part of the reason why this happens is because many conventional doctors don’t know very much about it. As Dr. Maren points out, “There’s not a lot of research behind it.” There’s some emerging literature, but nothing to the degree of what you find with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Therefore, SIFO often gets overlooked.
That said, there is a lot of overlap between the two. With either, you can experience gas, bloating, diarrhea, indigestion, or constipation. Typically with SIFO you experience diarrhea as opposed to constipation, but the best way to determine whether it’s fungal or bacterial is through testing.
Listen in as Dr. Maren and I discuss the challenges with diagnosing SIFO and what she recommends for treating it in regards to diet, supplements, and medication.
To find out more about Dr. Maren and how you can connect with her, please check out Dr. Christine Maren.
Do you struggle with SIFO? What have you done to treat and/or manage it? I’d love to hear what others are doing to heal.