Kia Sanford MS

Clinical Nutritionist and Counselor

Using functional clinical nutrition and counseling, I help individuals and families find their personalized path to health and well being.

San Rafael, CA

Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (3)
Kia is my go-to for all types of health ideas...from nutrition to supplements to detox programs, she has so much clinical knowledge to share with her clients. She is also a therapist and a compassionate human. Highly recommend Kia's services!"
Kia is great with patients. She's knowledgeable in genetics and is an all-around amazing practitioner!
Kia is a fantastic nutritionist with the ability to take into consideration all of the pieces of the puzzle that make up your health!

License, Credentials & Experience

Kia Sanford MS has been helping people for 27 years
MS in Human Nutrition
University of Bridgeport (UB)

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Kia is based in San Rafael, CA and offers virtual services to people all over the world
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About me

I've been a foodie and actively involved in health and healing for decades. My focus on helping others began in high school and has continued ever since. I think it may be genetic as my grandfather was a leading pathologist at a teaching hospital in Ohio when I was a child, and my mother has been a Master Gardener for many years. I started out as a psychotherapist and practiced privately for over a decade before deciding I needed more tools to help my clients beyond talk therapy. What I discovered is that everything we take in -- food, drink, medications, supplements, herbs, even the air we breathe -- has biochemical consequences for how we feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. By supporting health from the foundation with real, clean, balanced foods, we strengthen ourselves against dis-ease states of all kinds. I see each person as a system of systems within bigger systems and I understand that even small changes can have huge consequences in the long term.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

So many of my clients leave their first appointment feeling upbeat and hopeful, largely due to the fact that I focus on what we CAN do rather than what can't be done. I am a firm believer in finding the positive steps that can be made to help people feel better as quickly and as sustainably as possible.

My Inspiration

You literally ARE what you eat, drink, and breathe! This includes whatever toxins come in along with your meal, snack, medication, beverage, or air quality that your system may struggle to remove or inappropriately incorporate into healthy tissue. In addition to muscle maintenance, bone health, and immune system health, it's important to know that thoughts and emotions are also created using the ingredients we ingest. It makes sense then to include an expert in nutrition on your long term health team.


Practice Details

Works with
Individuals
Couples
Families
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Children
Teenagers
Adults
Seniors

Questions & Answers

Kia Sanford MS Answers
Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that isn't due to exertion or heat. It can be generalized (all over the body) or focal (just in certain areas like the hands and feet). The hypothalamus gland is in charge of what is called "thermoregulatory sweating" or the type of sweating related to exertion or heat regulation. Emotional sweating is governed by the limbic system. Primary hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet is linked to a malfunction of the emotional sweating system. Secondary hyperhidrosis is usually caused by a problem in the nervous system. SOOOO this means there are many additional questions to ask and answers to chase down before a practitioner can know best how to help a person with this condition. A few questions I would have are: 1) Is there an issue with the hypothalamus? 2) Is the person taking any substance that might be creating the problem such as excessive alcohol or caffeine use, or having a reaction to a medication? 3) Is there a hormonal imbalance such as elevated estrogen, or hyperthyroid disorder, or a thyroid hormone replacement dose that's too high? 4) and, I would definitely want to rule out malignancies such as Hodgkin's disease. These are just the beginning. There are often many layers of complication so it is important to work with a qualified healthcare practitioner to tease apart the answer to what might be driving something like hyperhidrosis.
Kia Sanford MS Answers
It depends... Vegans and vegetarians who don't consume any animal products will eventually become deficient in B12 (cobalamin) and likely low in B6 (pyridoxine) and sometimes B9 (folate). People who consume a lot of alcohol become deficient in B1 (thiamine). And, those who subsist on fast food, sugar and caffeine will be deficient in many of the Bs and other nutrients as well. There are many nutrients in this family and they all have different jobs, but some of the main work they do is in protecting neurological tissue, helping to create energy, and promoting proper development of both red and white blood cells. Does everyone need to be on a B complex? No, but it is a good idea to have a nutrition expert read your lab results to see if you're in need of supplementation as many physicians miss early indicators. Can you have too much of a B vitamin? Absolutely. This is why it's important to work with someone who can help you determine what YOUR body needs. There are problems related to too much of a good thing as well as too little.
Kia Sanford MS Answers
In a word: everyone. Why? Because there has been so much misinformation out there that everyone, including the medical establishment, is confused. Navigating what ought to be a simple path for optimal nutrition has become an overgrown jungle of conflicting advice. A lot of the problem has stemmed from research that hasn't taken bioindividuality and genetic information into account. It is important to know that there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach that will help all humans create optimal health. There are just too many variables. Getting professional help, even one or two sessions, to get yourself on a path that works for YOU is time and money well spent for years to come.

Kia Sanford Reviews

5.0 of 5 (3)
Kia is my go-to for all types of health ideas...from nutrition to supplements to detox programs, she has so much clinical knowledge to share with her clients. She is also a therapist and a compassionate human. Highly recommend Kia's services!"
Kia is great with patients. She's knowledgeable in genetics and is an all-around amazing practitioner!
Kia is a fantastic nutritionist with the ability to take into consideration all of the pieces of the puzzle that make up your health!





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