Archives for March 2016

Parabens and Endocrine Disruption – What You Need to Know

Our endocrine system comprises of a set of glands, and the hormones they produce that regulate many aspects of our existence, from sleep and sex to mood and metabolism. Probably, when you think about hormones, estrogen or testosterone are the first ones that come to mind. In fact, our body produces dozens of hormones that travel via our bloodstream and act as powerful chemical messengers telling our body what to do, and when to do it so that it can run smoothly and efficiently. Aside from our reproductive system, hormones play a role in our urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, skeletal, immune,…. [Read More…]

Probiotics for Plants?

Hardly a week goes by without us learning about new research on the positive benefits of bacteria. Most of it is thanks to the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) that was launched in 2008. Now, almost a decade later, researchers are delving into the microbiomes of thousands of other organisms. One particular microbiome that’s getting attention right now is the plant microbiome. If you’ve read any of our previous blogs how probiotics have helped in the animal kingdom, you’ll understand the enormous influence that Indigo, a startup company in Cambridge, MA, may have on reshaping agriculture through the use of probiotics….. [Read More…]

4 Delicious Green Yogurt Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

You often hear us say this – there are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking with yogurt and most recipes are really easy to prepare and incredibly delicious. However, if you’ve never cooked with it before, you don’t want to rush into it. Consider reading what we wrote in our previous blog when it comes to cooking with Yogurt. There are definitely a few things to bear in mind as you’re making it. Obviously, since yogurt is a cultured product, you want to make sure you have all the ingredients, like Natren’s Yogurt Starter before you make your first…. [Read More…]

Can Our Gut Microbiota Influence our Sleep & Wake Cycles (Circadian Clock)?

Natural cycles, known as circadian rhythms, control the sleep/wake patterns of all organisms. These cycles tell some animals to become sleepy as the sun goes down just as circadian rhythms tell creatures of the night to wake up. They also affect other bodily functions, such as appetite and metabolism. Humans sometimes override their body clocks so that they can work night shifts, fly across time zones in airplanes and stay up late to study or play. This control over circadian rhythms comes at a price, however, as those who try to overcome the natural sleep/wake cycles are more vulnerable to…. [Read More…]