GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are one of the most contentious topics in the world today. We should however, consider the following questions: What do we really know about them? Are these concerns justified? People are so passionate about this issue that some misguided individuals have actually rioted and vandalized crops in Oregon, Australia, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. This mob behavior is similar to the burning of women at the stake for committing imaginary crimes like witchcraft.
Unfortunately, public opinion oftentimes has absolutely nothing to do with scientific fact. A Gallup poll showed that 48% of respondents actually believe that foods produced using biotechnology pose a serious health hazard, compared to 36% who think that they do not.
GMO labeling is a hot issue. Currently, laws are being passed around the country requiring labels on all GMOs with Vermont being the first state to enact such a law. Read more
I wanted to share with you my favorite healthy teas that will benefit you the most. Tea has, of course, been around for centuries and it is intimately ingrained in many cultures around the world. From the British Isles to Asia, people have been enjoying tea for many health benefits that they probably didn’t know about.
Let’s jump right in and cover my favorite healthy teas for health and longevity. Read more
Was Hippocrates right over 2,000 years ago? I would have to agree with him a majority of the time when it comes to chronic diseases. A healthy digestive system begins with excellent digestion so let’s go over some tips to help you improve your digestion. Firstly, I’d like to briefly cover the reason why your digestion may be out of balance.
What causes bad digestion?
Eating very quickly while on the run and not completely focusing on your meal will result in poor digestion. You must be in a parasympathetic dominant state which is your “rest and digest” branch of your nervous system. Many people are sympathetic dominant when they eat which is the “fight or flight” branch of your nervous system.
When your sympathetic nervous is revved up, your body produces adrenaline which takes blood away from your stomach and lowers stomach acid so you won’t digest food very well. Watching television, reading, texting, checking Facebook etc. while you’re eating will draw you out of your rest and digest state resulting in poor digestion. Read more
It’s time to learn how to restore your intestinal flora the right way. You can restore your intestinal flora (bacteria) by eating tasty foods that are good for you, and by eliminating a few others. You may be surprised to learn that the bacteria in your intestines have a profound influence on your overall health as well as a number of health concerns including:
What are FODMAPs and how do I follow a low FODMAP diet?
FODMAPs or Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols are a specific type of carbohydrate found in certain foods that you must avoid if you are following a low FODMAP diet. The family of FODMAPs include:
Lactose from dairy products.
Fructans: garlic, onions, wheat etc.
Galactans: legumes such as lentils, beans, soybeans etc.
Fructose: honey, certain fruits, high fructose corn syrup etc.
Polyols: stone fruits such as avocados, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines etc. and sweeteners such as xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol.
Okay, well, I want to welcome everyone. This is Dr. Nik Hedberg, and tonight we’re talking about how to heal leaky gut syndrome. So, let’s get this started.
I really enjoy doing these webinars, trying to get some good information out there to everyone. And leaky gut, it’s a big issue. Its main connections are going to be with autoimmune diseases and a variety of chronic conditions, which we’ll talk about. I’m just going to cover what it is, what causes leaky gut, and then some of the things that you can do about it, and then how we manage it in the practice if it’s there. Read more
Greetings friends, I’m Dr. Nik Hedberg, and today’s Hashimoto’s tip of the day is all about thyroiditis and leaky gut syndrome.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
Leaky gut basically means that the barriers in your digestive system have broken down. This allows for undigested food particles to get into the bloodstream. It also allows for infections to get into the bloodstream. And since 70 percent of your immune system is in the gut, there’s a very, very strong connection there between leaky gut and auto immune disease. Read more
Did you know that one out of every ten Americans has heartburn every day and up to 1/3 of the population has heartburn every week? That’s a lot of people! In addition, drugs that target heartburn are the 3rd best-selling drugs in the world totaling $24 billion in sales worldwide and growing! We have always known it as heartburn until it was recently given an official title of GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD basically occurs when the contents of the stomach such as acid and food reflux into the esophagus. GERD that is untreated can cause irritation to the esophagus resulting in cancer and erosion. Unfortunately, we are finding out that suppressing stomach acid to treat the symptoms of GERD can lead to a lot of long-term health problems including: Read more
There are a lot of supplements out there that claim to burn fat and help you lose weight. Many of these do not have enough research to back up the claims that are made. The following supplements have plenty of solid research behind them for weight loss.
If you were to ask me what one of my favorite supplements is for fat-burning I would definitely say L-carnitine. Carnitine is an amazing compound that is made in small amounts in the body but should be consumed from food or supplements. Carnitine’s role is simple but powerful and has many health benefits in addition to burning fat.
Basically, carnitine binds to fat and shuttles it into the part of our cells that burn fat for energy. Read more
Do you know that yucky feeling you get when you’ve eaten something bad? Then bloating, diarrhea and even nausea and vomiting begin to happen. We’ve all had food poisoning before and it’s not a fun time. Due to the fact that the gut and brain are intimately connected it’s very difficult to do anything when our stomachs are upset.
Many years ago I learned about oil of oregano for a wide variety of infections in the body. Oil of oregano is arguably nature’s most powerful essential oil for infections including bacteria, yeast, viruses and parasites. Oil of oregano contains two compounds known as thymol and carvacrol which are the known active components. Oil of oregano has the following uses: Read more