If you have ever felt butterflies in your stomach or experienced a queasy feeling, or even had a ‘gut feeling’, then you know that there is a real connection between your gut and your brain. Many refer to the gut as the body’s “second brain” because of the complicated network of nerves in the digestive tract. This network of nerves, known as the enteric nervous system (ENS), regulates digestion and sends messages to the brain regarding the status of the gastrointestinal tract. The ENS can also alter brain health, affecting your thoughts and feelings. Scientists have known about the connection.... [Read More...]
You’ve heard us say that we’re made up of more bacterial cells than human cells. In fact, our gut is host to tens of trillion bacteria, and scientists are discovering more and more every day about the link between our brain chemistry and the bacteria in our gut. What you might not know is that our gut actually has a brain of its own – the enteric nervous system (ENS), and it’s often referred to as our second brain. No – it doesn’t actually work like the one in our head, but our brain and our gut are interconnected by.... [Read More...]
As summer draws to a close and autumn bathes the great outdoors in color, most people start thinking about the holidays. Although the holidays are a time of cheer, they’re stressful for a number of people. Too many things to do and too little time to do them. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the “winter blues” set in. Plus, we let our healthy lifestyle habits slip a bit and indulge in more holiday goodies! Believe it or not, a healthy gut plays a role in helping you maintain a sunny disposition during the cold winter months,.... [Read More...]
On January 31st 2014, we say goodbye to the Year of the Snake, and welcome the Year of the Horse. We wish all of our customers a happy and healthy Chinese New Year. It is interesting to take a look at traditional Chinese medicine, and see the similarities with the principles that underpin our work with probiotics. Our philosophy is that the gut and intestines form a “second brain”, which is strongly connected to our primary brain. Great intestinal health leads to stronger natural defenses, a brighter mood, a healthier body, and fewer digestive issues. Similarly, traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes.... [Read More...]
The holidays are a time of celebration and joy but along with the pleasure of spending time with friends and family comes stress. After all, someone has to prepare all that food! Then there’s the gift giving. Crowded stores, lack of shopping time and uncertainty about what to give creates even more stress. After all, does Aunt Alice really need another wool sweater as a gift this year? So many decisions and such little time. That’s when the stress level starts to rise. Here are some tips to help you de-stress and keep things in perspective around the holidays. Keep.... [Read More...]
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It’s an intriguing idea that what lays in your gut influences how you feel and even how you think. Believe it or not your gut is embryologically related to your brain – meaning that from the very beginning, as the body is forming, the gut and brain have similar origins. Once they’re fully developed, they relay information back and forth, keeping the brain informed of what’s going on in the gut and vice versa. So complex are the nerve complexes in the gut that it’s sometimes referred to as the “second brain.” Doctors call this network of gut nerves the.... [Read More...]
We are pleased to announce that world-recognized probiotics scientist and Natren founder, Natasha Trenev, will be a guest speaker at the Brain Solutions 2013 conference in Vancouver, BC. We asked Natasha why she is particularly excited about this conference – here is her response: “In the 1980’s Natren formulated a unique and powerful probiotic product, later producing it in a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical grade facility. My husband, Yordan Trenev, and I did this because we were convinced that probiotics are the most important health concept of the 21st century. Natren is an innovator whose mission is to provide unique and valuable.... [Read More...]
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Much has been written about the physical benefits of probiotics. We know that they are great for aiding digestion, helping keep your body in balance, and even for nourishing the outside of the body too. But what about the mind? Can probiotics also be good for your emotional wellbeing? Well, it turns out that they can help. A study by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles was recently published in the journal Gastroenterology. In the 4-week study, 36 women were split into 3 random groups. One group was given regular milk products twice daily. The second.... [Read More...]