Aloe vera and Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto's Disease

Aloe vera is one of the oldest medicinal plants we know of that was used by the ancient Egyptians who called it “the plant of immortality.” And 200 years ago Greek scientists considered Aloe vera a “universal panacea.” Aloe vera is technically named Aloe barbadensis and you most likely have heard of using Aloe topically for burns or internally for soothing an inflamed gut.

I’ve used Aloe vera over the years as one of the compounds in a gut-healing supplement I use for leaky gut, inflammatory bowel, SIBO, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. It works extremely well at reducing inflammation and repairing inflamed and damaged mucus membranes in the gut and the urinary tract. I have also used it quite successfully with the bladder pain caused by interstitial cystitis.

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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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How to Improve Digestion

How to Improve 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.  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

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Have you ever wondered what causes hypothyroidism?

Are you suffering from any of the following symptoms?

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Hair Loss
  • Depression
  • Cold Hands & Feet
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Dry Brittle Nails
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Muscle pain

Your thyroid could be a major contributing factor to these symptoms. Your thyroid may have been checked by your physician, but were you evaluated for autoimmune thyroid disease?  What causes hypothyroidism?  The number one cause of hypothyroidism in the world is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  This is a condition in which the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid gland.  This results in slow destruction of the thyroid gland leading to hypothyroidism. Read more

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

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

Does the Liver Affect Thyroid Health?

Does the Liver Affect Thyroid Health?

Does the liver affect thyroid health?  I’ll try to answer this question in detail throughout this article.  The liver is an extremely complex organ involved in multiple immune and metabolic processes.  If the liver is not detoxifying optimally, it will be virtually impossible to have success with any disease including thyroid and hormone imbalances.  Unfortunately, many patients are given hormones without a thorough analysis of their liver’s ability to metabolize hormones.  This can do more harm than good due to a build-up of unmetabolized hormones or incompletely metabolized hormones circulating in the blood- stream causing abnormal hormone responses.  Partially metabolized hormones can bind to hormone receptor sites blocking normal hormones from binding and causing abnormal responses. Read more