How to Improve Digestion Naturally

Digestion

“All disease begins in the gut.” –Hippocrates

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 naturally. 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.

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What is the Best Fiber Supplement?

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Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet but like anything we consume, too much or too little may be problematic.  Fiber has been touted as an extremely important nutrient but is it really as beneficial as it is purported to be? When used at the right time in the right individual, fiber can be a game changer for healing the gut and improving overall health.  Let’s discuss the health benefits of fiber and the best fiber supplements if supplementation is necessary.

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Heal Your Gut with IgY Max

Heal Your Gut with IgY Max

IgY Max is a new compound designed to improve gut function with some decent research behind it which I’ll cover in this article. Thousands of studies are coming out every month on the gut microbiome and millions of people worldwide are suffering with gut issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBD), and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). We need all the tools we can get when it comes to gut health so I was excited to see the research on IgY Max and the introduction of GI Globulin Select by Moss Nutrition which contains IgY Max.

Many people have gut problems because they have dysbiosis which basically means that the bacteria in the gut are out of balance. This means that there are too many harmful bacteria and not enough beneficial bacteria. IgY Max actually targets 26 of these bad bugs and helps your body suppress their growth.

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Dr. Michael Ruscio Interview

Dr. Michael Ruscio

In this episode of The Dr. Hedberg Show, I interview Dr. Michael Ruscio and we discuss non-celiac gluten sensitivity, prebiotics, probiotics, the microbiome, SIBO, FODMAPs and much more.  You can read the transcript below.

Michael Ruscio is a doctor, clinical researcher and best-selling author whose practical ideas on healing chronic illness have made him an influential voice in functional and alternative medicine. His work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals and he speaks at integrative medical conferences across the globe. Dr. Ruscio also runs an influential website and podcast at DrRuscio.com, in addition to his clinical practice located in northern California.

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What is the Best SIBO Test?

What is the best SIBO test?

In this episode of The Dr. Hedberg Show, I interview Gary Stapleton of Aerodiagnostics Laboratory answering the question, “What is the best SIBO test?”  We covered a lot of ground about the ins and outs of SIBO breath testing including the best methodology, glucose vs. lactulose, how to properly perform the test, proper test interpretation, hydrogen sulfide, when to retest and much more.

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The Gut-Brain Axis with Dr. Jeff Moss

Dr. Jeff Moss

In this podcast, I discuss the gut-brain axis with Dr. Jeff Moss.  This was a fascinating conversation about the latest research on the connection between gut microflora and it’s intimate connection to the brain and nervous system.  We talk about this connection with neurotransmitter imbalances, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, gut healing strategies and much more.

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Are GMOs Bad For Your Health?

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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

The Low FODMAP Diet

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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.

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Berberine benefits

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I’m a big fan of herbal medicines to help with a number of health conditions that respond extremely well to natural therapies.  The research on herbal medicines continues to grow as we learn more and more about their unique properties that accelerate healing.

Loads of recent research about the compound berberine has shown it to be extremely useful for managing blood sugar and insulin resistance as well as a number of common health conditions.  I have been using berberine for years to treat infections in the gastrointestinal tract such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeasts like candida albicans.  However, we have learned in recent years that berberine’s benefits go far beyond treating infections. Read more

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

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In this webinar I cover How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

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