With a 750-year history in cultured beneficial bacteria, Natasha Trenev’s family produced legendary yogurt prized by the royal family of Yugoslavia. Her family arrived in the United States in the 1950s, when her father founded Continental Culture Specialists. Following graduation from UCLA in 1970, a decade of research led to Natasha’s development of the first revolutionary method of producing an effective and scientifically validated single strain probiotic bacteria product. Her efforts led to the establishment of the entire probiotics category in North America, Australia, England, Holland and Belgium.
As a developmental scientist, Natasha has spent years studying the effects of beneficial bacteria and has written several books on the subject. Today, Natasha’s reference library is the world’s largest private repository on probiotics, referenced and recommended by prominent research scientists and medical schools.
Natasha is an expert on probiotics and has shared her knowledge with many through books, journal articles and articles in major scientific, peer-reviewed publications. She is currently working on additional books in the series of Probiotic Health Guides to continue her quest to educate the public. She is also working on her most scholarly yet easy-to-read book, which she hopes will become the global “probiotics bible.”
[1:30] What are probiotics?
[3:59] How much genes impact your health versus the genetic matter of the microbes in your gut
[4:27] The extent of the research currently being done on probiotics
[5:57] Why eating yogurt is no longer good enough for balancing out your gut health
[8:34] How commercial yogurts aren't designed to sell you plain yogurt
[11:31] What kinds of claims supplement manufacturers can and can not make
[13:57] The difference in design between a drug and a probiotic
[14:35] The probiotic landscape today
[15:04] One claim that should make you run away from any probiotic you're considering buying
[16:06] Why you may want to rethink buying any probiotics not labeled perishable
[16:36] What you never knew about your stomach acid
[17:32] The Healthy Trinity of probiotics that is unmatched by pharmaceuticals
[19:36] Why our body's design makes probiotics imperative
[23:03] One tip for eating your food that will help your body's digestion
[25:33] Why your new paleo diet might not be as good as you think it is
"they made it into a diet food and added all this sugar...I guess people bought it because it was an excuse to have a dessert"
"forget any product that tells you it's a probiotic and it's sitting on a shelf and they tell you it's a shelf stable product, because that is a huge deception"