Kombucha

The Kombucha Kraze: What You Need to Know

October 21, 2019

Kombucha is a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. The culture is often referred to as a SCOBY - or a Symbiotic Culture OBacteria and Yeast and frequently referred to as a “mother” or “mushroom” (because of the shape it takes on). 
Probiotics in Your Coffee? Granola Bar? Cleaning Products?

Probiotics in Your Coffee? Granola Bar? Cleaning Products?

August 13, 2019

Have you noticed that probiotics are popping up everywhere? And it’s not just in the form of supplements anymore, suddenly they’re in coffee pods, granola bars, cleaning products, and even Fido’s dry dog food? If you’ve been following along with our blogs here at Natren, you know that we are pretty adamant about how we handle our products -- being careful to ship our probiotics in thermally-controlled boxes with gel-ice packs and even dry ice in the summertime. Why? Because they are living microorganisms that can be damaged by overexposure to light, heat, and moisture. If you’re new to Natren and want to learn more about the proper handling of probiotics check out some of our previous blogs:
When is the Best Time to Take Probiotics?

When is the Best Time to Take Probiotics?

August 13, 2019

We often get asked when is the best time to take probiotics – morning, evening, before or after food. Taking probiotics at any time is better than not taking them at all, of course, but taking probiotics at the right time can optimize the health benefits of this supplement. Staying on a regular routine can be difficult for some people, as hectic lifestyles can make it hard to do anything at the same time each day. Other people take so many medications that they simply add probiotics to the handful of pills they already take, with little regard as to.... [Read More...]

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Fibromyalgia Pain And Gut Bacteria

Fibromyalgia Pain And Gut Bacteria

July 08, 2019

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-lasting or chronic disorder that causes muscle pain and an overall feeling of tiredness. People with this condition experience pain and tenderness throughout many parts of their body. It is often associated with other chronic conditions such as Chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and more. Anyone can get this but it does occur more frequently in women and often starts in middle age.


The Multiple Strain Probiotic Problem

The Multiple Strain Probiotic Problem

May 23, 2019

Natren has always held the position that multiple strain probiotics are not necessarily better than targeted single strain probiotics, or probiotics with a select few strains. As the industry continues to be flooded with more and more products we think it is a perfect time to review the reasons behind our targeted approach.
Treats, No Tricks

Treats, No Tricks

October 18, 2018

Halloween can be a lot of fun, for kids and adults. First, there are the costumes. Many families make a project out of this and actually make their own. If not, store bought costumes are easy to find and offer a huge range for all interests. This is your chance to be whomever you want.Then there are the parties. Some schools even have Halloween parades, which may just be the cutest thing ever. Adult Halloween parties can also be quite entertaining, especially with themed food and treats. Candy Is Not Dandy And then… there is the candy. Bags and plastic.... [Read More...]

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Everyone's Best Friend

Everyone's Best Friend

October 15, 2018

From the moment we bring them home, our pets become members of the family. Obviously it is much easier to hug a dog or cat and feel a special bond with them than it is a goldfish, but animals of any kind bring much joy and happiness to our lives. We would do anything for our animal kin. Safe And Secure October is National Animal Safety And Protection Month. Perhaps it is not ironic that it is also Emotional Wellness Month. If our pets are not doing well it can take a huge emotional and mental toll on us, as.... [Read More...]

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Inner Healing

Inner Healing

October 10, 2018

Most of us get an annual check up and physical, but what about our emotional well being? When we feel mentally off, it can affect us physically. And when we are physically unwell, it can affect us mentally. It creates a rather vicious cycle that can keep us spinning in a seemingly endless circle. Stressed Over Stress Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life, but can become a much bigger issue for some, and take a huge physical toll. If we are suffering from sleepless nights with worry and concern, that means we are missing out on the.... [Read More...]

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A Family That Eats Together

A Family That Eats Together

October 08, 2018

Distracted Days Have you ever seen two teenagers sitting next to each other and not saying a word, both busy on their cell phones? Or even worse, a couple on a date where instead of paying attention to each other, they are glued to their phones and in their own worlds. Actual phone calls and letters have given way to texts and emails. Adults are not ones to talk. How many of us drive and text and justify it with voice recognition? Even a phone call while we are in the car can be dangerously distracting. We are so preoccupied.... [Read More...]

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Down in the Gut

Down in the Gut

September 20, 2018

What is Depression? Depression is a mood disorder that can cause a persistent and overwhelming feeling of sadness. It affects people mentally, emotionally and physically. For some it is an occasional feeling, and for others it is deep and daily, and drastically reduces the quality of life. Some of the symptoms are obvious, like hopelessness and the previously mentioned sadness, but depression can also include a short fuse and angry outbursts, loss of sleep and a loss of interest in things that used to make people happy, including sex. People have also reported feeling tired, anxious, and having little to.... [Read More...]

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Probiotics: The When And How

Probiotics: The When And How

September 17, 2018

Getting healthy is a choice we make. While there are many things we do not have control over, we can consciously decide to make a difference in our own lives. This can involve a change in diet and eating habits, sleep or exercise. We might want to become more mindful and meditative, and reduce stress and anxiety. Perhaps we want a new hobby that involves sport or physical activity. Whatever it is, it is a personal choice. Every single one of us is different, and understanding this is extremely important. What works for one, may not necessarily work for all..... [Read More...]

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Better Than A Chia Pet – A Probiotic Pet

Better Than A Chia Pet – A Probiotic Pet

September 16, 2018

We love our pets and would do anything for them. They are a big part of the family. So keeping them healthy and happy is a no brainer. We research and carefully choose their food and snacks, and make sure they are getting nutritious meals, without fillers and dangerous by-products. We give them exercise and play time, and take them on long walks. Yes, some people walk their cats! Our pets return the favor by taking away our stress and giving us great happiness and unconditional love. Pets truly can be our best friends. Focus On Fido For now, let’s.... [Read More...]

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Probiotics – Don’t Kid Around!

Probiotics – Don’t Kid Around!

September 13, 2018

There is nothing a parent won’t do for their child. Keeping them healthy and happy is on the top of the list. Yet if your child is stubborn, and does not want to eat well or take care of him or herself, this can be a frustrating endeavor. So what can we do? Setting Examples We all want to share our insight and the lessons we have learned with our children. While we desire to have meaningful conversations with our kids, and have them hang on our every word, actions often speak louder. We are the shining examples they will.... [Read More...]

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Battling Bad Bacteria

Battling Bad Bacteria

September 07, 2018

“Oh, come on guys. It’s so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It’s all ball bearings nowadays.” This famous line from the classic movie comedy Fletch always gets a laugh, and makes for fun party conversation. But change “ball bearings” to “bacteria” and suddenly you have an insightful truth that many people don’t even know. It’s All Bacteria Nowadays Researchers now calculate that more than 10,000 microbial species occupy the human ecosystem. This is known collectively as the gut microbiota, and these organisms not only affect human health, they define it. Our gut microbiota contains tens of trillions (10,000,000,000).... [Read More...]

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Warning! The Signs Of An Unhealthy Gut

Warning! The Signs Of An Unhealthy Gut

September 04, 2018

Today’s world is filled with stress and anxieties. Taking care of ourselves is even more important, and yet so many people ignore aches and pains and fight their way through each and every day. Sometimes you have no choice and just have to carry on and get through the day without any breaks or pauses, but we need to pay attention to our own bodies. They are constantly trying to tell us things, and perhaps even give us warnings of more serious issues to come. We need to listen! Gut Instinct We all know what a gut instinct is and.... [Read More...]

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Probiotics-The New Happy Meal

Probiotics-The New Happy Meal

September 04, 2018

Kids can be picky eaters…really picky. Many battles between parents and children seem to be about food. While the intention is always to keep children healthy and well nourished, they don’t always see it that way. Kids will avoid certain foods at all costs. They may toss them out, hide them, or sneak them under the table for the family pet to eat. The key is to find a true happy meal. Eat Your Vegetables! It’s funny how full circle it all comes. When you’re a kid you may remember hearing a parent beg or plead to “eat your vegetables.”.... [Read More...]

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