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Here at ReNew Life we love to hear positive feedback. It reminds us every day that our message of healthier living through superior natural nutrition is making a difference in the lives and health of the people who inspire us to do what we do. So when Better Nutrition Magazine recently announced that two of our products just won their Best of Supplements Awards, we couldn’t help but beam with pride.
Recently the magazine’s elite panel of judges declared CleanseSMART™ and Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion™ winners based upon reader feedback and surveys from experts in the medical and nutritional supplements industries. CleanseSMART shined in the Cleansing & Detox category, while Ultimate Flora won for Probiotics supplements. Votes were tallied based on a series of surveys that focused on 31 categories in all—everything from fish oils and antioxidants to multivitamins and herbs—and included questions about quality, ingredients, formulation, cost, customer satisfaction, popularity, and availability.
CleanseSMART remains one of ReNew Life’s most popular total-body cleanses, with a combination of 23 natural ingredients to promote detoxification, better digestion and overall health. Like all ReNew Life products, it’s free of added ingredients, fillers or binders, because our motto has always been, “Why put more toxins in your body when you’re trying to get them out?”
Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion is also a favorite among our customers. The high-potency, high-Bifido formula contains 10 powerful strains of beneficial bacteria and provides powerful digestive and immune support by helping to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Ideal for those with troublesome digestion or who are taking antibiotics, Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion uses our unique Enteric-GUARD™ targeted delivery technology and features our exclusive Potent-GUARD™ guarantee.
So thanks to all of you who chose CleanseSMART and Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion on your journey toward superior health—we couldn’t have done it without your support!
Yup, you knew it was coming. Or even if you didn’t, you’re probably not surprised to see it. Bedbugs, it seems, are no longer just the stuff of childhood rhymes. From Cincinnati to New York to Atlanta, the tiny critters are chomping their way across the U.S., and experts remain baffled as to what triggered the sudden infestation. They worry, however, that since bedbugs spread so easily, the number of sightings will continue to rise.
So what exactly is a bedbug? They are (and a warning to the squeamish: You may want to stop reading at this point) small, parasitic insects that just happen to prefer human blood as their main source of sustenance. Members of the family Cimicidae, they are commonly referred to as “bedbugs” because, quite simply, that’s where they like to hang out—in beds, mattresses, sheets, and all sorts of snug-as-a-bug nooks and crannies where they can take cover and wait for an unsuspecting meal.
As you may have heard, a typical bedbug is about the size of an apple seed. What you may not have heard, however, is that bedbugs are essentially harmless. As insects go, they’re pretty clean. They don’t transmit any nasty diseases. And most of the time you wouldn’t even know if you were bitten by one. Still, there’s a hidden health threat associated with bedbugs that may come as a surprise to a lot of folks: toxins.
Back in the 40s and 50s the standard response to a bedbug infestation was a nifty little thing called DDT. You know, the synthetic pesticide banned by the EPA for its not-so-pleasant effects on the environment and human health? The problem is, those highly toxic chemicals seem to be the only thing that works on the almighty bedbug (think Superman vs. kryptonite), and despite our best efforts to come up with an environmentally friendly (not to mention human-health friendly) way to send the bloodsucking bugs packing, the end result will almost always involve chemical treatment.
Still, there are preventative measures you can take to keep bedbugs at bay, like taking fewer trips overseas, always checking hotel room bedding and mattresses, and keeping your own home (especially the bedrooms) clean and free of clutter. If you suspect bedbugs are present—common signs are blood/fecal stains on bed linens and tiny brown exoskeletons left behind when bedbugs shed their skin—do a thorough cleaning. Wash and dry all clothes and bedding on high heat, check dresser drawers and other bedbug-friendly spaces, and be sure to vacuum every possible crevice. Then, call in the kryptonite.
And that brings us back to toxins. The government may have banned DDT, but thousands more chemicals moved in to take its place, and today there is just no escaping the reality that no matter where we live our bodies are exposed to countless toxins that can contribute to poor health and disease. The key is to take a proactive stance when it comes to fighting back—one that includes reducing our daily exposure by choosing natural over synthetic products whenever possible, eating organically grown meats and produce, and cleansing regularly with a natural herbal detox program. Small steps, yes, but they can have a big impact—not unlike our tiny friend the bedbug.