Gut Health contributes to overall health more than you might think

26 March 2019  |  Editor

The extent to which a healthy gut helps overall health is not often fully understood. In fact, proper cleansing and dietary choice have an enormous impact on general health and chronic ailments .

It's not just occasional digestive discomfort that is involved here; You gut is involved in building immunity, improving longevity, reduce constipation, decrease gas and reduce heartburn.

That is why we are pleased to add the RENEW LIFE range of products to our web site.

Today, Renew Life is one of the most well respected natural health companies in North America and products are now available throughout the world. Unusually specializing in digestive care and cleansing, Renew Life products have had a profound impact of millions of people’s health.

While it’s true that live probiotics can be found naturally in non-pasteurized, fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir and fermented veggies (think sauerkraut, miso, tempeh), most people get very few of these foods in their daily diet and what ias in these foods are not themselves usually sufficient.

Don’t I have enough good bacteria in my gut?

It’s all about balance—and everyday factors such as stress, travel, eating unhealthy foods and even the use of some medications can upset the balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. When this happens, it can lead to occasional tummy issues and may impact your overall health. Taking a daily probiotic supplement may be useful in helping to promote a balanced gut to support digestive and immune health. (Remember—your gut is home to at least 70% of your immune system!)

A quick note about keeping your probiotics

Because different strains of good bacteria provide different benefits, it’s good to look for a variety of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus strains in your probiotic supplement to help keep your complex system thriving. Lactobacillus strains are the most prevalent probiotic bacteria in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium strains are most prevalent in the colon (large intestine).

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Probiotics also help your body digest valuable nutrients from your food and play an important role in producing needed vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin K. You can see a chart of RENEW LIFE probiotics here. This will tell you what is most suitable for you.

We hear this question a lot.

The bottom line? Don’t get too stressed if you don’t always keep your probiotic supplements in the fridge. We don’t ship them in refrigerated packaging, and many stores will keep them on the shelf instead of in the cooler section. So why do we say it on our packaging?

It’s all about moisture—especially if you live in a warm, humid climate. The reason we recommend keeping your probiotics in the refrigerator is to keep out moisture and help those good-for-your-gut bacteria last as long as possible.

If refrigeration is not an option, it’s best to store your probiotics in a cool, dry place at 77ºF (25ºC) or below (such as on the counter or in the pantry with your other supplements).

What does gut diversity mean?

If you know a thing or two about gut bacteria then you may have heard the term gut diversity. It refers to not just the number of bacteria in your gut but also to the different types of bacteria that make up that number.

Here’s why gut diversity matters

We know our gut bacteria are linked to our health in countless ways, but what you may not know is that in study after study, greater gut diversity has been linked to better health in both adults and children—from good digestion and immune function to respiratory health, weight management and even a lower risk of disease.

Feed your friendly bacteria

In case you’re wondering what a healthy gut eats, scientists have been studying that too. It seems that a Mediterranean diet—one that includes plenty of healthy fats, protein, and especially fiber from fruit, non-starchy veggies, whole grains, nuts and legumes—is a recipe for a happier, more diverse gut. In addition to a healthy diet, Renew Life® multi-strain daily probiotic supplements also support gut balance to help you feel your best every day.

How are probiotics connected to immune health?

It may surprise you to find out that at least 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract. Crazy but true. That’s where more than 100 trillion bacteria can be found, and many of them are friendly bacteria called probiotics. Probiotics work to maintain a balanced environment in your gut, keeping the harmful bacteria in check so you can continue to feel healthy.

What happens if that balance is upset?

You may not realize that everyday factors like stress, an unhealthy diet and even just normal aging can reduce the number of good bacteria in your body—which can impact the health of your whole body. But the good news is that friendly gut microbes respond quickly to positive changes in diet and lifestyle.

Consider eating more fruit, non-starchy veggies, fermented foods, healthy fats and protein and taking a daily probiotic supplement to promote a balanced gut. If you can, try to avoid artificial sweeteners and unhealthy fats, along with foods high in starches and sugar. Studies have also shown that regular exercise and limiting stress have a positive impact on good bacteria in the gut.

And finally, here are a few interesting facts about your gut:

You know when people say they have a "gut feeling?" They may be on to something. New research has uncovered some pretty amazing connections between our gut microbes and our overall health. Check out these cool facts about the human gut!

  1. It helps you crush your limits. Research shows an abundant strain of good bacteria called Lactobacillus helps your body use energy more efficiently to boost endurance. It also has anti-fatigue properties and may help increase muscle mass.
  2. It takes the edge off ‘that time of the month’. Being good to your gut can help ease the upset tummy and occasional bloating that comes with having your period. Another big benefit? A healthy gut produces hormones and neurotransmitters—including serotonin—that help keep mood swings to a minimum.
  3. It may be the source of those pesky food cravings. Sometimes called the body’s “second brain,” the gut has its own complex nervous system—and it may be the reason you seek out the chips and cookies in times of added stress.
  4. It gives new meaning to the words ‘healthy metabolism’. It may be time to quit yo-yo dieting and work on building your arsenal of beneficial gut bacteria. New research reveals that gut microbes play a key role in how our bodies store fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, and support a healthy weight.
  5. Just like you, it functions better on a good night’s sleep. Too little sleep affects the more than 100 trillion bacterial cells living in your gut, which can lead to metabolic changes tied to type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related disorders.
  6. It helps when you’ve had a little too much. A few too many drinks can cause the liver to produce a chemical called acetaldehyde, which generally makes you feel like doo-doo after a night on the town. Probiotics—the good bacteria in your gut and in probiotic supplements—help combat the effects so you feel better.*