What is indigestion? Indigestion, medically called functional dyspepsia, is a chronic disorder identified by the feeling of movement in the upper digestive tract. Movement is normal in this region as a person swallows and food begins to digest. For people with functional dyspepsia, the sensation continues even after the patient is finished eating. It is what most people call an upset stomach. Functional dyspepsia is not related to a disease process, like an ulcer or even heartburn – hence the use of the word functional. The abdominal pain and feeling of fullness starts soon after eating and may recur with.... [Read More...]
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Tis the season for overeating and the indigestion that goes with it. Whether you’re facing the yearly battle of the bloat that comes with Thanksgiving dinner or you need to avoid the Christmas cookie tummy blues as you bake, now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to avoid the upset. Natren wants to help you manage your digestive problems this year before the holidays are in full swing. Natren is a pioneer in the development of probiotic solutions that come in handy all year round like GASTRO-pH. What’s Causes Holiday Stomach Upset? The most obvious.... [Read More...]
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Is proper chewing the key to good health? Grandma certainly thought so and now dental science is proving her right. Akira Uehama, the president of the Academy of Clinical Dentistry in Japan, calls it a “chewing revolution,” because more than one study shows mindful chewing does have an impact on both physical and mental health. Proper Chewing Increases Energy & Awareness A leading Japanese researcher set out to prove that better chewing habits are important, especially as people age. Japan, just like the U.S., is seeing an escalation in their aging population. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the number.... [Read More...]
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Looking For the Best Probiotic For Constipation? Constipation is more than an uncomfortable inconvenience; it can be a sign of some serious health problems including: A toxic gut Numerous types of GI cancer Nerve problems Hormone problems Allowing partially digested food to sit in the body for too long, without normal eliminations, can expose a person to a buildup of toxins. Poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle and certain medications can also cause symptoms of constipation. More recent research is bringing light to the imbalances of bacteria in the gut that play a role in constipation and the concept of.... [Read More...]
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Natren strives to make your probiotic experience a sweet one with their Healthy Tummy product. French vanilla ice cream flavored chewable probiotic wafers — yes, it is a mouthful, but worth it, because just wait until you get a mouthful of these tasty probiotic treats – designed to be taken between meals to promote a healthy and more regular digestive system. Whether you are dieting or just looking for a better ways to enjoy a sweet snack, Natren’s Healthy Tummy wafers bring you the best of both worlds. Now, you can have your dessert and eat it, too, with the.... [Read More...]
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You may already know that bacteria living in your gut can improve your health. Harvard University says that the trillions of bacteria living in your digestive tract can influence health and even improve a number of health conditions. You may not know, though that the bacteria in your gut can actually help you digest your food and get more out of the food you eat. About the Bacteria Living in Your Gut The human gut contains tens of trillions of bacteria. In fact, there are ten times more microbial cells than human cells on and in your body. The microbes.... [Read More...]
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Generations of people have been eating dried plums, also known as prunes, to prevent constipation. A new scientific study shows prunes can positively affect the bacteria living in the gut and may even reduce the risk of colon cancer. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, claiming an estimated 49,190 lives in 2016. While advanced treatments improve the likelihood of survival, prevention is key to lowering mortality rates. About the Bacteria Living in Your Intestines There are trillions of bacteria living in the.... [Read More...]
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The human digestive system has a unique design that uses mechanical and chemical processes that turn the food a person eats into energy and nutrients the body can use for energy, growth, and cell repair. The process of digestion has many stages in which several organs, tissues and body systems work together to achieve an end goal – in this case, breaking down large, complex molecules into smaller pieces for distribution and use throughout the body. Digestive system organs fall into two main groups: the alimentary canal and accessory organs. Measuring up to 30 feet in length in the average.... [Read More...]
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Throughout the history of modern man, there have been numerous advances in our understanding of the human body, medicine and approaches to healing. Some of those advances have been good, others not so good. Many can be summarized in this brief history of medicine: 2000 B.C. Here, eat this root 1000 A.D. That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer… 1850 A.D. That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion… 1940 A.D. That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill… 1985 A.D. That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic… 2015 A.D. That antibiotic is dangerous. Here, eat this.... [Read More...]
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Useless Leftover? Or Beneficial Storehouse? For many years, evolutionists believed that the human appendix was a vestigial organ, a remnant of something that was once much larger and lost as the species evolved, and that it did not serve any clear function. The appendix was seen as an essentially useless leftover of human evolution. Most of us don’t seem to give it any thought unless it becomes blocked or inflamed. This is known as appendicitis and the only remedy is surgical removal. For the thousands of people who have had their appendix removed, they’ve not experienced any negative health consequences. .... [Read More...]
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An interesting article came across our desk recently about a group of scientists studying the metabolic pattern of the giant Panda Bear in relation to their food source, and the findings were quite unexpected. Giant pandas are black and white Chinese bears and they’re becoming an endangered species. Eating exclusively bamboo, they have the most specialized diet of any of the bear family. Analyzing the pandas’ fecal matter, the scientists revealed they were missing two essential gut microbes, Ruminococcaceae and Bacteroides. These are plant-degrading bacteria found in the guts of bears. This puts the pandas in a dilemma, according to the.... [Read More...]
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Our digestive organs are very intricate and make up one of the largest systems in our body. If it were removed, it would stretch a staggering 25-30 feet from end to end. In very basic terms, its function is to process the food we eat into smaller molecules and eliminate waste. The digestive process is quite complex, and is a very coordinated effort that begins before we even take a bite. The sounds and smells of food, or even the thought of food, can send signals to the brain to prepare the way for food to enter our digestive tract..... [Read More...]
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Many people consider probiotics to be a one-size-fits-all supplement, without really considering the details of what is inside the product. It can be difficult to separate the marketing hype from the real health benefits– with so many products filling the shelves, advertising that they contain the “largest number of strains”, or the “highest number of bacteria units”, and other claims that are made more for shock-and-awe marketing value rather than any meaningful scientific merit. The reality is that we are not all created equal, and therefore our dietary supplements should be chosen to match the needs of the individual. It.... [Read More...]
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When we think of Thanksgiving, some of the thoughts that comes to mind are good food, family, thankfulness, and togetherness. But, sometimes that togetherness can be a bit uncomfortable if you are prone to flatulence after the Thanksgiving meal. Follow the Natren holiday survival strategy so you don’t become a toxic guest on this glorious holiday? It goes without saying that most of us tend to overindulge and overeat at Thanksgiving. It’s hard not to when you’re looking at a full table spread of comfort foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, casseroles, and pie. That football game marathon won’t be.... [Read More...]
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If you suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) problems, you’re not alone. GI issues affect up to 20% of the population and are more common in women. The symptoms vary from mild and manageable to life disruptive. Despite the inconvenience of having these symptoms, they are generally not life threatening, and in many cases can be reduced by diet and probiotics. Some concerns of gastrointestinal problems include occasional gas, bloating, cramping, constipation and loose stool, and they can be triggered by, or worsened by, stress and dietary factors. Stress is a factor you don’t have complete control over, BUT you do have.... [Read More...]
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There is no doubt that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise will help you lose weight – both in terms of calories in vs calories out, and the nutritional value of your food. But did you know that the type and variety of bacteria in your gut plays a huge part in the effectiveness of any weight loss plan? Scientists have discovered links between the diversity of the bacteria in the gut of athletes, compared to control groups of non-athletes of both low BMI (Body Mass Index) and high BMI. Generally speaking, a higher BMI equals more fat. They.... [Read More...]
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