How Gut Health Affects Skin Health

With a total area of about 20 square feet, your skin is the largest organ of your body – and it is one of the most important. Your skin protects you from dangerous viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, and from the sun, wind and extreme temperatures. Your skin is also one of the first things people see. Skin looks and functions at its best when it is healthy. Unhealthy skin allows pathogens to invade your body. Skin problems, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis can be uncomfortable and socially embarrassing. Outbreaks of these skin problems can cause self-consciousness in teens…. [Read More…]

Probiotics Could Help Honey Bees Exposed to Pesticides

As you may have seen in the news lately, there is national concern about the plight of the honey bee. Honey bees are responsible for more than just the local honey sold at farmer’s markets. You might call them ambassadors of agriculture. They are one of the most important natural assets in existence because they pollinate crops all over the world whether they are growing in your garden or are part of the seasonal harvest for farmers. The American Beekeeping Federation explains that around one-third of the food you and your family eat relates in some way to honey bee…. [Read More…]

Probiotic Industry Leaders Push for More Standards: Natren has met these all along!

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the International Probiotics Association (IPA) are calling for manufacturers of probiotic products to raise the bar for labeling, storing and stability testing as an industry standard. Natren wrote the book quite literally on many of the industry labeling guidelines. Now, these organizations are asking other companies to finally meeting the standard Natren set for itself years ago. The goal is to provide consumers not only with better products but enhanced transparency and improved consistency, as well. It’s a move that Natren supports fully because it’s what we already do and have been doing…. [Read More…]

Probiotic, Gut Health and Blood Pressure

Early studies into beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, showed the organisms promoted a healthy digestive tract in general. Recent studies confirm these benefits. Other new research show probiotics can positively affect immunity and lower blood cholesterol levels. Now there is evidence that probiotics can help people with high blood pressure. THE DANGERS OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Nearly a third of adults living in the United States currently have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, increases the risk for developing dangerous health conditions, such as a heart…. [Read More…]