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It seems the beautiful people in Hollywood are finally catching on to the concept of inner beauty. Beauty nutritionist and nutricosmetics formulator Paula Simpson recently talked to Access Hollywood about stars and their beauty secrets, and guess what? Pop icons like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga go nuts over nutrient-rich “beauty drinks” loaded with essential fatty acids, antioxidant plant compounds, and… prebiotics and probiotics!
Just what are Prebiotics?
While we hear a lot these days about probiotics (the friendly bacteria in the gut that support optimal digestion and immune health†), we don’t often hear too much about prebiotics—but the two go hand in hand. That’s because prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that promote the growth of probiotics in the gut.† They are essentially food for your beneficial gut bacteria and are often found in the form of soluble fibers, such as FOS (fructooligosaccharides) and acacia fiber.
If you think about it, soluble fibers escape digestion, arriving in the colon (large intestine) largely intact. Then, good bacteria use the soluble fibers like food. A fermentation process occurs, yielding beneficial compounds such as the short-chain fatty acid butyrate, which fuels intestinal lining cells, and lactic acid, which lowers the colon pH to a healthy level.† When found together, prebiotics and probiotics form what’s called a “synbiotic” relationship—pretty much a win-win for your gut!
Cleansing Greens for Inner Balance
And what would a beauty drink be without cleansing greens for good digestion and detox? Says Simpson, “Greens or ‘cleansing’ foods supercharge the body and support the eliminative organs such as the digestive system to support optimal nutrient absorption and remove byproducts or toxins before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream (and get to the skin). Spinach, kale, dandelion greens or concentrated greens, such as wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina are great to add to smoothies for a detox beauty boost.”
Since 2012 ReNew Life has partnered with Vitamin Angels to support their efforts to supply lifesaving vitamins to more than 30 million women and children in about 45 countries worldwide, including the United States. By donating a percentage of its product sales to Vitamin Angels through campaigns at retailers such as Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Sprouts and Walgreens, ReNew Life is able to help those in need gain access to the vital nutrients that provide a foundation for good health.
Vitamin Angels is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by Howard Schiffer to help at-risk populations—specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five—gain access to critically important vitamins and minerals. With the help of corporate supporters/donors like ReNew Life, they work to promote the use of universal supplementation of vitamin A, along with multiple micronutrients to reduce illness and promote healthy physical and cognitive development for children under five.
“We are very excited to be working with ReNew Life, as they too are focused on health promotion and education,” said Vitamin Angels founder Howard Schiffer. “By supporting the health of pregnant mothers and their children through their first five years of life, we can greatly reduce the instances of illness, disease and death, and give children the chance to lead meaningful and productive lives.”
Like Schiffer, ReNew Life president and founder Brenda Watson is passionate about helping people improve their health and well-being through the benefits of optimal nutrition and digestive care.
“As ReNew Life continues to educate people on the benefits of a balanced digestive system, we are also pleased to be able to improve the lives of so many deserving children through Vitamin Angels,” says Watson. “The importance of a child obtaining essential vitamins can have a dramatic effect on early childhood development. We are so honored to help Vitamin Angels supply much needed nutrients to children who would not commonly have access to them.”