Is Too Much Fat and Sugar Dulling Your Brain?

pizzaUntil only recently, it may have seemed silly to say the bacteria in your digestive tract can somehow “talk” to your brain, but more and more scientists are finding evidence of such a relationship. They call it the gut-brain connection, and last month researchers at Oregon State University revealed how a poor diet can impact that connection and lead to a decline in healthy brain function.

The standard American diet (or SAD) includes high amounts of sugar and unhealthy fats, which OSU scientists say may affect our ability to process and remember information. Specifically, a high-sugar, high-fat diet impacts something called “cognitive flexibility,” which allows us to think about more than one idea at a time. Too much fat and sugar also leads to problems with memory, say researchers.

The study involved young, healthy male mice who were fed one of three different diets: a high-sugar diet, a high-fat diet, or a normal diet. Fecal samples were taken before and after to monitor the bacterial environment in the gut, and both groups underwent testing to assess physical and mental function.

Looking at the results, the research team discovered a sharp decline in mental and physical ability for those mice on the high-sugar and high-fat diets when compared with those on a normal diet. Cognitive flexibility was decreased with both groups, and those on the high-sugar diet experienced significant memory impairment. Interestingly, the fecal samples of both groups showed lower numbers of beneficial bacteria and higher numbers of harmful bacteria in the gut.

“This work suggests that fat and sugar are altering your healthy bacterial systems, and that’s one of the reasons those foods aren’t good for you.” said lead author Dr. Kathy Magnusson. “It’s not just the food that could be influencing your brain, but an interaction between the food and microbial changes.” Previous studies have found that similar changes in gut bacteria due to diet may trigger an unhealthy immune response in the body and promote inflammation.

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Best in the Industry: Renew Life™ Products Earn 4 New Awards

product_award_collageRecently some of your favorite Renew Life products were chosen as the best in the industry by top health food retailer trade magazines including WholeFoods Magazine and Delicious Living, and we wanted to pass along the exciting news. Check out the details below!

Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shake
Taste for Life Essentials Award, Weight and Fitness Category (February)
Like us, the folks at Taste for Life magazine love helping people learn about the wholesome foods and nutritional solutions that can help them on the path to healthy living.‡ Their Essentials Awards honor those high-quality natural supplements they would recommend for their readers, and our Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shake was among them! The high-protein, fiber-rich, and certified-organic shake is grain free and formulated to promote digestive system balance to help achieve your goals.‡*

*Renew Life Skinny Gut supplements, along with lifestyle changes, promote digestive system balance to help achieve your ideal weight.‡

Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete 90 Billion Probiotic
Delicious Living Best in Women’s Health Finalist (March)
Every year Delicious Living magazine asks for product nominations from natural retailers, manufacturers, and their readers in order to select the best of the best for you and your family. Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete 90 Billion Probiotic is a high-potency, multi-strain probiotic with 90 billion live cultures and 12 strains per capsule of the most scientifically researched, beneficial probiotic bacteria—Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. It is designed to help re-establish digestive balance, support immune health, and promote vaginal and urinary health.‡

Ultimate Flora (brand)
WholeFoods Magazine, Natural Choice Award, # 1 Best-selling Probiotic Brand (April)
The WholeFoods Magazine Natural Choice Awards are something special. They ask their readers to vote on their favorite products in 18 different categories, and our Ultimate Flora probiotic line came out on top in its category. Ultimate Flora high-potency formulas combine multiple strains of beneficial probiotics to support digestive and immune health.‡

Vitamin Retailer VITY Award, Specialty & Herbal Supplement Category – Fiber/Internal Cleanse Supplement (June)
Each year Vitamin Retailer magazine puts together a select list of natural supplements chosen to receive a VITY Award for excellence based on a nationwide retailer survey. Products are judged based on ingredient quality, targeted health benefits, and consumer popularity, and we consider it the highest honor when one of our products is recognized.

CleanseMORE™ is a potent herbal formula with natural magnesium to stimulate and hydrate the bowel.‡ It helps relieve occasional constipation without cramping discomfort and promotes the elimination of waste and toxins to help you feel rejuvenated.‡ We say keep those VITYs coming!

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