Probitoics and Animals…

Probiotics, or Direct Fed Microbials (DFMs), are live, beneficial bacteria. When given to animals in sufficient quantities they may have positive health effects. The intestine, particularly the large intestine, is inhabited by a diverse population of bacteria that perform a variety of functions which contribute to digestive equilibrium. A normal intestinal bacterial flora is critical to maintaining general health and wellness of the animal. When an animal is exposed to stress, decrease of beneficial bacteria can occur.

By providing a probiotic to an animal’s daily feed regimen, it is possible to boost levels of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract of an animal and keep its microflora balanced for the best health of the animal.

The majority of an animal’s immune system is based in its digestive tract. Probiotics, or DFMs, are best used during times of:

  • Emotional stress
  • Extremes in cold and hot temperatures
  • Traveling
  • Vet visits, treatments and surgeries
  • Sudden changes in feeding
  • Changes in housing
  • Following de-worming
  • At weaning or other diet change associated with weaning
  • Group housing
  • Pregnancy
  • Intensive training or competition
  • Digestive colic
  • Digestive bloating

Giving your animal probiotics may be the best way to increase the general wellness of your animal by seeding the intestinal tract with beneficial bacteria in such a way it can continue performing at peak efficiency.

When used daily, probiotics or direct fed microbials can:

  • Improve feed efficiency
  • Improve growth rates
  • Improve nutrient and supplement absorption
  • Reduce occasional scouring (diarrhea)
  • Reduce some forms of bloat
  • Reduce some forms of colic
  • Lower feed costs

A special note about packaging and storage of probiotics of direct fed microbials: the correct packaging is the key to the effectiveness of “live” beneficial bacteria. Probiotics have a finite shelf life and are acutely affected by light, heat and moisture. Light, heat and moisture kill the live bacteria. To prevent that from happening, Natren stores its small-quantity, powdered probiotics in amber glass bottles with metal lids. That is the only way to effectively stop light and moisture from killing the live bacteria.

Natren refrigerates its probiotic products from manufacture through delivery. This effectively puts the living beneficial bacteria in “suspended animation,” to be awakened when you need it. It is the only way to guarantee that Natren products get to arrive at full potency. The majority of animal probiotics sold today are sold in white plastic containers and stored at room temperature. White plastic containers do not block the harmful rays of light or prevent moisture from seeping into the containers. So when you walk into a pet store or order online, what you get is largely dead bacteria. The Natren manufacturing plant has International Drug GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certification and uses only the highest pharmaceutical standards during the manufacturing process.

Natren uses only super strains specifically chosen for their efficacy. After you have seen how other companies manufacture, store, package and sell their probiotics, you are left with only one logical choice and that is Natren animal probiotics and direct fed microbials.


Akers, R. Michael, Denbow, D. Michael. 2008. Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals. Blackwell Publishing, Ames, Iowa
Tizard, Ian R. 2009 Veterinary Immunology, an Introduction. Saunders Publishing, St. Louis Missouri
Trenev, Natasha,2006 The Power of Probiotics: Secrets to Great Health, Yortren Books, Westlake Village, California
Trenev, Natasha. 1998. Probiotics Nature’s Internal Healers. Avery-Penguin Putnam Publishing, New York, New York


Why Probiotics are so important – part II

Bacterial Balancing Act – How Good and bad coexist 

The GI tracts’ microflora is made up of good, bad and neutral bacteria – which are the smallest living organisms.  The good bacteria are known as beneficial bacteria because they’ll keep potentially bad bacteria from becoming established,  beneficial bacteria also have the ability to manufacture vitamins and natural antibiotics, as well as communicate with the immune system to minimize allergies or stimulate rapid response to an invasion by disease-causing microorganisms.  Bad bacteria are known as pathogens and they can make you sick, cause disease and threaten your life.  Neutral bacteria and yeast, also known as chameleons because they can disguise themselves and hide from the immune system, becomes harmful under certain conditions (e.g. after antibiotic therapy or when the immune system is compromised).

Overwhelming scientific evidence supports the importance of good bacteria to human health and longevity.  As long as the body’s immune system remains strong; resident pathogens keep a low profile. This is probably the most studied natural phenomenon in the scientific community.

 Your body has transient (traveling) good bacteria as well as resident good bacteria.

Transient bacteria do not set up the colonies inside our GI tract but they do provide help while traveling through.  They help resident bacteria grow, which in turn, keeps the bad bacteria from flourishing.  Lactobacillus bulgaricaus and Streptococcus thermophilus are the best known and most effective transient bacteria recognised worldwide as they are the two symbiotic bacteria (mutually benefiting each other through their interactions) used to produce yoghurt.

 Selected probiotic bacteria strains increase your numbers of beneficial bacteria which flourish and strengthen your first line of defense against pathogenic invasions.

 Battle of the Bugs – Competition for Dominance in the GI Tract…

 There are approximately 1,000 different species of micro organisms teeming within the body’s intestinal tract.  Your body houses 1—trillion micro organisms – more than ten times the number of cells in your body – and they are all competing for territorial dominance.

 The invaluable GI tract which begins at the mouth and ends at the anus is the ultimate arbitrator of both health and disease.  Approximately twenty-seven feet long (depending on your height), the GI tract is a fueling station helping to nourish and improve immune function and provide your body with a vital and continuous nutrient supply.  It is also a waste-management system and a waste-disposal system.  Probiotic strains are essential in neutralising toxic byproducts not removed through bowel elimination.  The whole purpose of digestion is to extract every bit of nourishment from food and continuously expel what the body does not need.

 If you are in optimal health, you have a protective barrier of beneficial bacteria adhering to the epithelial cells on the wall of the GI tract.  The normal flora repels the invasive army of pathogens waiting to establish territorial dominance.  When this protective barrier of beneficial bacteria is reduced due to life events (such as poor eating habits, infection, antibiotics, injury and stress), the pathogens wait is over.  Stimulated by the opportunity for nutrients, they multiply and damage the epithelial cells.  Toxins produced by the pathogens cause more damage, destroying the tight junctions between the cells to the intestinal wall.  Now they have access to the bloodstream and a free ride to infect organs in remote locations in the body.

If you are experiencing digestive problems, then it is a good idea to eat foods that will increase the bacteria in the digestive tract.  Such foods as Yoghurt, buttermilk, kefir, tempeh, kim chi (korean side dish) sauerkraut all contain probiotics.  Where your diet may need a boost in probiotics, you can take a probiotic supplement so as to balance the digestive tract.

Watch this space for part III…

Listen to your gut…

some really interesting information on your gut and what to do about it…

Why Probiotics are so Important…pt 1.

Ideally, the body should have billions of bifidobacteria and lactobacillus – including Lactobacillus acidophilus – and Lactobacillus bulgaricus; racing to defend it, that is after all what the immune system is naturally set up to do.  Unfortunately many environmental factors can destroy the body’s beneficial bacteria (also known as probiotics).  And that is where the body runs in to trouble.

Causes of Bacterial Depletion:

Pollution, diet, traveling, aging, antibiotics, drugs, radiation, illness, chemotherapy, eating disorders, colonics, cesarean delivery, formula feeding, stress and environmental changes.

When natural defenses are depleted, the body is left with a barren intestinal landscape that can be easily and rapidly colonised by pathogens or harmful yeast creating a weakened immune system that is unable to fight disease and infection. 

The body’s natural defenses rely on healthy bacterias‘ colonisation of the digestive system.  How well it functions depends on the body’s healthy bacteria not having been compromised and which work in the following ways to ensure a healthy immune system.

1. Probiotics produce substances that stop the growth of pathogenic bacteria and harmful yeast.  The substances include lactic acid; the primary byproduct, as well as bacteriocins, antibiotics and antimicrobial and antifungal compounds.

2. Probiotics have metabolic activities’ that physiologically benefit the host (the digestive tract they inhabit) enabling the body to tolerate lactose, expel toxins and of course ensure that the body digests all foods properly.  

3. These good bacteria compete with other organisms in the body for nutrients and adhesion sites;  thereby displacing or blocking the adhesion to harmful microorganisms.

4. Probiotics stimulate the immune system to fight infectious agents causing inflammation.  They also reduce incidences of an over-reacting immune system (which can cause debilitating autoimmune disorders) by calming the hyper-allergenic response to inflammatory cycles throughout the body.

A body with a healthy digestive tract, hosting all the friendly bacteria native to it and in the right balance ensures that the nutrition needed by the body is absorbed directly from food; an essential function as food is where the body gets the vitamins and minerals that it needs.  It also means that digestion and colon function is as it should be – not irritable and not constipated. 

A depletion of the good bacteria can result in the overpowering of the digestive system by yeast, which in itself poses another host of problems for the digestion, to say nothing of the resultant urinary and vaginal infections such as thrush.

The good bacteria natural to the gut, ensures the removal of toxins thereby supporting liver and kidney function; there are a whole host of problems that the body will run in to when the friendly bacteria have been compromised. Probiotics or friendly bacteria are essential to the body and the immune system and the good health of the body in general.  Without them the body struggles, with them the body does well.

Bifidobateria, Lactobacilus acidophilus, Lactobacius bulgaricus are the major bacteria natural to the body, but it takes  manybillions of probiotics in the digestive tract to ensure a healthy digestive tract and immune system.

From book: The Power of Probiotics by Yorten Books – available from G&G Vitamins at

Guardian Newspaper Digestive Health Supplement…

Digestive health is a big issue throughout the western world. Here is information you may find usefull. Digestive Health Supplement

Once you have read this information, you may well decide you need a good, high quality, pure and effective supplements to get you off to a good start…

These supplements could be just what you need…Digestive Complex   and         Natren’s Healthy Trinity Probiotics.

The Gut-Brain Connection…

The Amazing Gut-Brain Connection – by Adriana Trenev (protocol by Jan McBarron, M.d., N.D.)

If you have ever eaten that second helping of pizza or desert and feel terrible, sluggish and sleepy after doing so, you already know how powerful the gut-brain connection is!  You may wonder “Why did I just eat that when I know I will feel bad afterwards?” How do these pesky cravings get triggered and what can we do about them?

In Chinese culture or traditions, food is considered to ba a mood-alterin chemical; so what does this mean for us and how can we use knowledge about the brain-gut connection, to live a better, healthier life.

The connection between the brain and the gut is  so strong that a new field of science has developed called neurogastroenterology where specialists are currently studying the correlation between mental health and gut health.  In this new field, the gut is called ‘the second brain’.  The idea that our minds’ and our guts’ are more connected than we think comes from the holistic health industry that has pioneered this idea for decades.

Dr. Michael D. Gershon says in his book “The Second Brain” that we have more nerve cells in our bowel than in our spine and our brain.  He goes on to say that “Since the enteric nervous system can function on its own, it must be considered possible that the brain in the bowel may also have its own phsyconeuroses.”  In other words, out gut can work independently and on its own, from the brain – running processes we may not be consciously aware of.

Are Probitiotics Working?

If you are new to probiotics and would like to give them a try, be wary of something called Herxheimer reaction.  Beneficial bacteria may cause an inhibition or die-off of back bacteria or fungi, which must exit the body via the feces or urine.  With large numbers of toxins, these exit routes may become overcrowded and unable to accommodate the mass exit immediately.  It is during this time that the person may experience a Herxheimer reaction – temporary toxic or allergic symptoms such as bloating, gas and or headaches.  It is important to realize that these reactions are positive signs that the body is ridding itself of toxins and their toxic by=products. We suggest increasing the amount slowly to avoid bloating and/or gas.

Dr. McBarron recommends taking at least one – three Health Trinity capsules each day in the morning on an empty stomach; along with chewable wafers when you feel a sugar or carbohydrate craving coming on.  Probiotics cab be essential in helping restore your gut flora and supporting your gut-brain connection. For more information or to purchase your probiotics click here:
Healthy Trinity

The Gut Connection…

Probiotics play a huge role in maintaining a healthy weight.  Researchers have discovered that the gut microflora of overweight people is completely different than the gut bacteria of thin people.  Even more alarming is that the bad gut bugs (the ones who make you abosorbe every calorie from the food you eat which adds weight) were associated with high-sugar, high-starch diet, common in the Westernised countries.

Healthy gastrointestinal (GI) microflora is made up of three and a half pounds of bacteria – good, neutral, changing and bad.  All of these make up major parts of your digestive and immune systems.  When the balance of these bacteria are in harmony, your body will operate at peak form.  It is when optimal balance is disturbed – such as with overweight people- that problems can occur.

What I do about it?

So, what can you do to protect your gut flora and make sure the right bacteria resides within your gut?  In addition to eating a healthy diet and taking moderate exercise, you can supplement daily with a good quality probitoic in sufficient strengths to make the difference you need for a healthy gut.

If you are like me and on a diet, or you just want a healthy GI tract … Click Here