You may have always loved chocolate for its decadent, creamy flavor and celebrated the news that chocolate may be good for you. You may not know, thought, that the bacteria living in your gut also enjoy chocolate and actually help you reap all the health benefits some of the chemicals in chocolate have to offer. Cocoa beans contain about 380 chemicals, ten of which are those psychoactive compounds that make you feel so good when you eat chocolate. Cocoa beans also contain polyphenols, which are healthy micronutrients in certain plant-based foods. Cocoa beans are chock full of polyphenols – and.... [Read More...]
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Many people do not realize that their bodies play host to tens of trillions of bacteria and that the microorganisms living inside them play a big role in human health. Some of the bacteria, viruses, yeast and other microorganisms can cause ill health. Probiotics are living microorganisms that, in adequate amounts, can provide a health benefit to the host. All living organisms, including the microbiota living in the gut, need food to survive. Probiotics living in the gut consume carbohydrates. They get these carbohydrates, known as prebiotics, from the food the host eats. Most, but not all, prebiotics are a.... [Read More...]
If you are like many Americans, you made a New Year’s resolution. Many people resolve to improve their health over the next year. In fact, losing weight/healthier eating and life/self improvements are at the top of the list. Getting a clean start is a great way to begin a new year, so many people look for ways to remove toxins from their bodies. About Cleansing When people talk about cleansing, they could mean anything from full-blown colon cleansing, to a cleaning diet. In the past, we have spoken about the dangers of colon cleansing, which aside from being a deeply.... [Read More...]
The human body contains 11 major organ systems that work together to keep the body safe and healthy. With such a complex and interconnected arrangement, there are often unusual, and sometimes unexplained, interactions between the systems in the body. There are also often links between seemingly unrelated conditions and diseases too. Skin problems can cause stress, for instance, and stress can cause stomach upset. Psoriasis and type 2 diabetes can also affect each other. Psoriasis causes overgrowth of skin cells that results in red, raised patches covered by silvery scales, known as plaques. It can also affect the immune system.... [Read More...]
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The human body contains an ecosystem of bacteria that perform essential functions such as digestion and immune system maintenance. Like any ecosystem, it requires a certain amount of give and take to keep it in optimal balance. That is why a probiotic supplement fits into the daily schedule. As friendly bacteria leave the body, probiotics fill the void to keep that critical ecosystem diverse and well proportioned. Is taking a probiotic each day too much? Well, it’s not just safe to take a probiotic supplement daily, it is recommended for most people. Consider some reasons you might need probiotics every.... [Read More...]
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...]
Feasting is one of the best parts of the holiday season, from magnificent main courses to delectable desserts. Unfortunately, food-related disasters, such as food poisoning, stomach upset, and overeating can make the holidays a lot less pleasant. But, with your hectic schedule of decorating, shopping, gift giving, cooking and eating, how can you take the time to ensure that the food you eat will not ruin your holidays? Simple – use this holiday health survival guide! It’s full of valuable information to help protect you and your family from foodborne bacteria and other digestive problems. About Foodborne Illnesses Foodborne illnesses.... [Read More...]
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Are you struggling to figure out how to accommodate the special dietary needs of your guests this holiday season? Or are you trying to figure out how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling for the holidays? Nearly everyone is on a special diet throughout the year. Many people are on a low-calorie diet for weight loss or diabetes control, and a large proportion of individuals are on a low-sodium diet to control blood pressure. Others may be allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or dairy products. Many more are simply trying to fight the battle of the bulge. While it.... [Read More...]
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make yogurt at home? You might be surprised how easy it is and the yogurt you can make with a Yogurt Starter like Natren’s is even better than what is available at your local grocery store. Natren offers everything you need to enjoy delicious homemade yogurt with the added benefits that come from our powerful probiotics. Natren’s Yogurt Roots Natren’s founder grew up in a family involved in the yogurt business for generations. Natasha recalls, “As a child, I grew up hearing stories about my ancestors and their prosperous yogurt.... [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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There is plenty of clinical evidence that the use of probiotics might help facilitate weight loss, but a new review and meta-analysis puts it all into perspective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 37 percent of the adult population is obese. That’s an important statistic when you consider the role obesity plays in disease. Obesity is defined as an excess amount of body fat — typically a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. A person who is extremely obese is likely to suffer from medical problems related to their weight such as osteoarthritis, heart.... [Read More...]
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...]
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...]
Are probiotics something that can help the body fight off heavy metals? A number of researchers are looking into ways that the right probiotics might aid people exposed to certain heavy metals such as mercury or arsenic. Medical science already understands how critical a diverse gut microbiota is to overall health, but they are shining a new light on how bacteria can provide additional health benefits related to heavy metals. About Heavy Metals Heavy metals are elements that occur naturally in nature. They get their name from their atomic weight, which is five times more dense than water. Although heavy.... [Read More...]
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‘Tis the season for changing leaves and spooky pumpkins. For most people, fall means cooler temperatures, raking leaves and weekend footballs games along with the knowledge that the holiday season is not far away. Whether you’re biggest temptation is Halloween goodies or Christmas cookies, fall also brings with it a host of tummy troubles and, of course, cold and flu season. About Cold and Flu Season The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that influenza is really a threat all year long, but it peaks during fall and winter and is especially prevalent during the months of December and.... [Read More...]
When October hits, everything from your coffee to the air freshener products seems to feature that fabulous orange pumpkin, usually with a little spice. If you’re a fan of this seasonal pumpkin phenomenon then take it a step further with some DIY magic. Few food choices do so much for the body as the basic smoothie. In one drink, you can meet the daily allowance for many vitamins and minerals. The problem is not all smoothies are created equally. There are just as many unhealthy recipes out there for pumpkin smoothies as there are healthy ones. A recipe that calls.... [Read More...]