CAT | Digestive Health
Between the picnics and the pool parties, there’s a good chance your summer weekend plans will include a little lawn care—but before you reach for the weed killer there’s something you should know: scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently discovered that a chemical called glyphosate (found in some popular weed-killing products) could be wreaking havoc on your gut bacteria.
A team of researchers looked at more than 300 studies surrounding the use of glyphosate and determined that exposure to the commonly used chemical has been linked to a broad range of disorders from birth defects to cell damage. And most recently, glyphosate was found to destroy the beneficial bacteria in the human gut that help protect us from illness and disease.
While harmful bacteria like C. difficile are able to withstand glyphosate, good bacteria such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli are not. The resulting imbalance can threaten a healthy gut lining and lead to a condition known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, in which toxins and harmful microbes are allowed to enter the bloodstream. This, in turn, can negatively impact a healthy immune response. In addition, glyphosate disrupts serotonin production in the gut. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter linked to healthy mood and behavior.
Until now, glyphosate has been relatively low on the EPA’s radar because it is not considered toxic when used at recommended doses. The problem? With a rise in GMO crops across the country, large-scale herbicide use has increased dramatically, which means glyphosate finds its way into the plants and animals we eat. “When you disturb something in nature, there aren’t any voids,” said retired pathologist and Purdue University Professor Emeritus Don Huber, PhD in a recent article. “You take the good guys out and the bad guys rule. And that’s what’s happening.”
To reduce exposure to glyphosate, experts recommend opting for organically grown foods (because organic farming bans the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers) as well as eating more whole foods and fewer processed foods, since the majority of glyphosate-treated crops—including corn and canola—are those most often found in processed foods.
Each year Vitamin Retailer magazine chooses a select list of natural supplements to receive a Vity Award for excellence based on a nationwide retailer survey, and here at ReNew Life we consider it the highest honor when one of our products is recognized. Products are judged based on ingredient quality, targeted health benefits and popularity with consumers, and this year our customers have made us doubly proud!
Because you continue to put our products at the top of your list of trusted supplements, ReNew Life brought home not one but TWO Vity Awards in 2014. Longtime consumer favorite CleanseSMART™ was rated the best Fiber/Internal Cleanse supplement, and our top-selling Ultimate Flora™ Senior Formula 30 Billion was voted #1 in the Probiotic/Enzyme category.
CleanseSMART is an advanced 30-day, 2-part, total-body internal cleanse formulated with more than 20 natural herbs and 9 deep-cleansing herbal extracts to help eliminate waste and toxins and restore digestive regularity.‡ It contains no fillers binders, or added artificial ingredients.
“We are so proud of this 10-time Vity Award winner. While many cleansing products focus primarily on the colon, CleanseSMART supports all 7 channels of elimination, including the colon—and the liver—the body’s most important detoxification organ,” said ReNew Life President and public television educator Brenda Watson.
Part of our Ultimate Flora line of high-potency, one-capsule-per-day probiotics, Ultimate Flora Senior Formula 30 Billion is a high-Bifido daily maintenance probiotic for adults over 50 formulated to address the natural decline in healthy Bifidobacteria that happens as we age.‡ It contains 30 billion live probiotics cultures per capsule from 10 beneficial probiotic strains to help relieve digestive discomfort and maintain digestive balance.‡
We thank Vitamin Retailer for making these very distinctive awards possible—and our loyal customers for continuing to choose ReNew Life when it comes to superior-quality natural supplements. A complete list of the 2014 Vity Award winners is featured in the Vitamin Retailer June issue. CleanseSMART and Ultimate Flora Senior Formula 30 billion are sold in natural health food stores and fine retailers everywhere.