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Nourish Your Body Daily With Essential Nutrients

Filed in Adults, Cleansing, Cleansing & Detox, Dietary Fiber, Digestive Health, Environmental Toxins, Enzymes, Herbal Cleansing, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Recipes, Supplements, Uncategorized | Posted by Brenda Watson on 05/15/2017


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Let’s recap where we are in the RENEW Total Body Detox program. You began by Reducing your daily toxin exposure in your home environment. Then you began to Eliminate toxins from inside your body. As this process continues, you’ll want to Nourish your cells with as much good nutrition as you can get from both your regular diet and supplementation. This will help you fortify your immune system so it’s capable of fighting the daily battle against toxins. .

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding nutritional supplementation. Skeptics will say that “you get all the nutrients your body needs from the diet”. I’d like to know what they’re eating, because the average American diet is severely lacking in many of our essential nutrients.

An incredible myth in our culture is that “Your body gets all the nutrients it needs from the Standard American Diet”.

Surveys in North American show that the diets of more than 60% tested are deficient in essential nutrients. As we’ve discussed, especially those nutrients needed to support proper detoxification.

Symptoms of nutritional deficiency are not always obvious. You don’t need to have scurvy to have a vitamin C deficiency. Plainly put, if you don’t equip your body with the nutrients it needs to support its internal structures and functions, it won’t be able to withstand the toxic environment in which you live.

Your vitamins A, C, E, minerals such as selenium and most amino acids are critical to liver health and function. With this said, it is important to take a whole food multi-nutrient formula everyday to supply your body with these valuable nutrients.

As I’ve already mentioned, omega-3 oils, our good fat, is also severely lacking in the American diet. Those good fats are needed not only for proper liver function, but for a healthy cardiovascular system, for nerve and brain function, hormonal balance, proper elimination, a good immune system, and even to promote a positive mood!

That’s why taking a highly concentrated, enteric coated Omega-3 supplement can make a big difference in your health.

Another important player in supporting our health is the good bacteria within our digestive tract. At least 70% of our immune system in our digestive tract and the bacteria is the main wellness-supporting factor. Many factors can affect the balance of this good bacteria, so it’s important to keep the levels high.

Eating foods like plain yogurt, kefir, along with fermented veggies are great additions to the diet that provide good bacteria, however for many it is necessary to regularly take a bacterial supplement called probiotics. Look for one that offers from 50 to 100 billion bacterial cultures per capsule.

We should know by now the benefit of eating raw fruits and veggies, not only for the nutrients, but also for the enzymes they provide. For some of us it is difficult to get the enzymes we need strictly from raw foods. An enzyme supplement with every meal will strongly support efficient digestion. Enzyme supplements will also ensure you absorb more nutrients from your food.

Perhaps my favorite way to Nourish all the cells in my body is through using my high speed blender and making green drinks. I’ve been blending green drinks to consume daily for 10 years now and have noticed a steadily increasing vitality. I want you to know that I actually feel better as the years pass! And I credit blended drinks with a lot of my success.

So without further ado I’d like to share with you right here, right now…

My Favorite Blended Green Drink recipe! Nourish your body daily!

Place the following in order into a Vitamix or equivalent high-speed blender. Makes 1 quart. Be sure to drink within 2 days for maximum nutrient value.

  • 3 stalks chopped celery
  • 1/3 English Cucumber with peel
  • 1/2 lemon with peel
  • 1/2 inch of ginger with peel
  • 1/2 avocado – meat only
  • 3-4 sprigs cilantro
  • 3-4 sprigs parsley
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 handful chopped kale
  • 3/4 pink lady or gala apple with peel – seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful ice

I feel one of the most important aspects of this particular recipe is that it provides approximately 19 grams of fiber per batch! As we’ve discussed, fiber is responsible for helping to rid toxins from your body. With this in mind, I want to strongly suggest that you drink at least a quart of Blended Green Drink daily as you Nourish your body and journey through your RENEW Total Body Detox program.

Please be in touch and let me know how you progress! I’m happy to answer any questions that come up~

The Lowdown on How the Guts of our Pets Mimic their Human Owners!!!

Filed in Adults, Antibiotics, Cleansing, Diabetes, Dogs - Pets, Environmental Toxins, General, Human Microbiome, Immune System, Mental Health, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 04/02/2015


For many years I have written about the benefit of probiotics on our health. In my early years, working in a Natural Health Clinic that offered total health solutions, I experienced first hand the great effects probiotics have on people. I worked one on one with many who were trying to reverse health conditions naturally or in conjunction with traditional medicine. In my own practice as well as throughout the clinic our goal was to assist people in detoxification of their bodies. These cleansing practices were found effective in prevention of disease, as well as in supporting the healing of many conditions that traditional medicine had not been able to solve.

In our Clinic this was accomplished with modalities like massage, sauna, herbs, colon hydrotherapy, juice fasting and nutrition. During this period of time probiotics were a vital part of my practice. My specialty was the digestive system (I’ll bet you might have guessed!) and I was performing colonics as well as suggesting herbal remedies and teaching good nutrition. So in this way very early on, through practical application, I observed over and over how probiotics could greatly improve people’s health.

Now let’s fast forward to today – many years later! We have entered the age of the study of the Human Microbiome (fancy name for gut population) and its effects on human health and disease. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has supported this so scientists can have the funding to study all aspects of bacteria, both in and on our bodies. Almost daily we can read more research studies touting the benefits of probiotics on everything from GI problems to anxiety and depression. As new studies have come forth, we have even offered many of them to you on this blog.

Since we have trillions of bacteria and over 180 different strains of bacteria in our guts, we now fully realize two important things – how critical it is to replenish our good bacteria if we want to be healthy, and also just what type of probiotic supplement our bodies need most – one that is high potency (meaning a high culture count) and that also contains many different good bacterial strains.

BUT – have we forgotten about the digestive systems of our babies? Those wonderful animals that keep us company, are always excited to see us and never criticize us for our shortcomings? Gosh I hope not.

Come to find out these guys (dogs and cats) need probiotics just like we do. In fact their digestive systems take a beating from antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and toxins just like ours do. Actually they are finding that the gut bacteria of the animals we live with actually mimic ours, having many of the same bacteria – even though there are certain strains that are specific to animals.

I interviewed Dr. Rob Knight who is a scientist studying the gut microbiome and founded The American Gut Project. These scientists actually analyze stool samples (for a fee) from anyone, and they will accept your animal’s sample as well. Dr. Knight explained to me that he can take samples from humans and match them to their dog by simply comparing their bacterial composition, without knowing anything else about them. He can literally match owners with their dogs through their similarities of bacteria!

Even though “official” research is beginning to demonstrate that dogs and cats derive many health benefits from probiotics, Stan and I and countless other dog owners and vets have already experienced that high dose, multi-strain probiotics can help pets with digestive upsets like vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation, skin issues – the list goes on. For cats and dogs, a healthy population of gut bacteria is vital for gut health, and just like with their humans, plays a critical role in removing toxins, enhancing digestion and out-competing many strains of disease causing microorganisms.

In conclusion, I know I am going to make sure my animals have the benefit of quality probiotics – ones made especially for cats and dogs – with at least 20 billion cultures per capsule and 10 different probiotic strains.

In this simple way we can provide our animals a much better chance of keeping their health on the right track — so that we have them around longer to love!!! YEA!!!

Probiotics Reduce Bowel Disease in Premature Babies

Filed in Digestive Health, Infancy, Pregnant women, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 02/17/2014


Premature infants given a daily dose of a probiotic blend were protected against the more severe forms of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially deadly inflammatory disease, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics. NEC is the most common gastrointestinal emergency in premature infants. It involves damage to the intestinal lining that ranges from surface damage all the way to complete perforations of the intestinal wall. NEC affects 10 percent of infants born less than 1.5 kg (3.3 lb). At least 50 percent of those infants do not survive.

In the probiotic study, infants born before 32 weeks and weighing less than 1.5 kg were given either a probiotic containing Bifidobacterium infantis, Streptococcus thermophilus, and Bifidobacterium lactis or a placebo daily. Those infants taking the probiotic combination were more protected against the development of more severe NEC when compared to those infants receiving the placebo. There were no differences in the outcomes for sepsis (blood infection) or rates of death, however. Treatment with the probiotic in this susceptible population appears to be safe, the researchers found.

“We have a strong focus on infant health and support research initiatives that will enable us to make continuous advancements. The study findings are remarkable,” they stated. NEC is a serious disease that is treated in hospitals. It is my hope that more studies will be done to advance the science so that probiotic treatment can be widely available and play a helpful role in this devastating condition.

Omega-3 Supplements Reach the Brain in People with Alzheimer’s

Filed in Alzheimer's, General, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 01/13/2014


Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been found to increase the amount of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in spinal fluid from the central nervous system of people with Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that these beneficial fatty acids cross the blood brain barrier, according to a new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Previous studies have found that Alzheimer’s patients have lower brain concentrations of omega-3 DHA, an important fatty acid normally found in high concentrations in the brains of healthy people.

In the study, 33 patients received either an omega-3 supplement or placebo daily for six months. Those people taking the supplement had higher levels of both EPA and DHA in cerebrospinal fluid when compared to those taking placebo. Interestingly, DHA levels directly correlated with the changes in the disease and with inflammatory markers in the cerebrospinal fluid, which suggests that the disease state and inflammation status may be directly affected by DHA levels.

“In animals, DHA dietary supplements can lead to an increase in DHA concentrations in the central nervous system,” noted Jan Palmblad, MD, PhD. “Here we show that the same applies to humans, which suggests that omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements cross the blood-brain barrier. However, much work remains to be done before we know how these fatty acids can be used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease to halt memory loss.”

The research behind omega-3 fatty acids—particularly DHA—for memory and Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment is constantly growing. Dr. Smith and I have blogged on many studies in this area. From birth through old age, omega-3s play a crucial role on our overall health. If you’re not supplementing with omega-3 fish oils, it’s not too late to start.

Health Care Could Save Billions with Use of Supplements

Filed in General, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 10/28/2013


There comes a point when even mainstream medicine—and the government—has to accept the fact that dietary supplements are helping many people prevent disease (even though they cannot be marketed for doing so). While health care costs in this country are skyrocketing and the rate of chronic disease is ever rising, the steady pace of the natural health movement is gaining momentum. And none too soon, given the health crisis we are up against.

Frost & Sullivan recently produced a report, commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), in which they reviewed hundreds of scientific studies on eight dietary supplement regimens across four diseases to determine the disease risk reduction. They determined that dietary supplements may reduce the number of disease-associated medical events, which could save billions of dollars in health care costs for Americans.

“Chronic disease takes a huge toll on people’s quality of life, and the health care system spends a tremendous amount of money treating chronic disease, but has failed to focus on ways to reduce those costs through prevention,” stated Steve Mister, president of CRN. “We already knew that the dietary supplements identified in the report can play a role in reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases; we felt compelled to find out if they could also contribute to health care cost savings by reducing the medical events associated with those conditions.”

Even more good news, consumer confidence in supplements is high—85 percent of people surveyed (a national sample of 2,013 adults) are confident in supplements. Judy Blatman, senior vice president of CRN stated that these results may demonstrate “consumers’ understanding that the overwhelming majority of companies in this industry are dedicated to looking out for their customers, and manufacturing and marketing safe dietary supplement products that provide health benefits.”

What I know is that I was healed by supplements and a healthy diet, which is why I founded ReNew Life in the first place—I wanted to help others heal themselves as I had. Since then, I have received hundreds, if not thousands, of testimonials and personal accounts from people who also have healed themselves in a similar way.

While there are a few negligent companies in the industry that tend to give dietary supplements a bad name, the real story is that the majority of companies are helping many people live healthier lives. More reports such as these will certain surface as this story gets louder and mainstream medicine can no longer ignore it.

Gut Bacteria at the Root of Colic?

Filed in Children, Digestive Health, General, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 08/06/2009


Colic in babies is one of those conditions that the medical community cannot seem to figure out. Colic occurs in up to 28% of infants. Babies with colic cry for hours, unconsolable, sometimes every day. The cause of colic is unknown and the treatment of colic is uncertain. So many infants suffer from colic and parents are at a loss for how to deal with it. A colicky baby can be quite a handful for new parents who may not feel equipped or emotionally able to handle the situation, especially when doctors don’t provide many answers.

A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center has found that babies with colic are more likely to have higher amounts of gut inflammation and a bacteria called Klebsiella in their intestines. They also found that the babies who did not have colic had a greater diversity of bacteria in their guts. The lead researcher also suggested that colic may prove to be a precursor to other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and other gut allergies.

This study is exciting because the next step, researchers say, is to investigate the use of a probiotic to control gut inflammation in these babies. Now they are on to something.

The establishment of healthy gut bacteria, in a vaginally born baby, begins at birth. It then continues during breastfeeding and through contact with the outside world. Many factors can inhibit this process leaving the infant with less-than-optimal gut flora. In many ways these beneficial bacteria act as a partial immune system for the infant. The importance of establishing a healthy and diverse bacterial population in those little guts is vitally important, as this study has pointed out. Renew Life’s Flora Baby was developed specifically for babies and toddlers. It contains five strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria and comes in a powder that can be mixed with liquid.

Learn the ABC’s of Probiotics.

Child Eczema

Filed in Children, Digestive Health, General, Probiotics & Gut Flora, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/31/2009


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Summary:
In this video blog I discuss a recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” that suggest a very odd way to help children that have eczema. What do they suggest? What are some other options? Tune in and find out…

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Can you imagine putting your infant or young child into a bath of bleach water with the raw skin associated with eczema? Well that is exactly what a study published in the journal Pediatrics is suggesting. The bleach, being an antibacterial will help eliminate bacteria on the skin as a result of so much scratching.

Julie Block, of the National Eczema Association says this type of suggestion “will help people learn options that they can do at home to empower themselves”.

Sounds more like a punishment to me.

How about all the studies out there now showing that probiotic supplements can greatly reduce eczema in children. Or how about getting your child tested for food allergies and sensitivities, which play a huge role in the development of eczema.

If your worried about the bacteria try getting a natural anti-bacterial cream from your local health food store. I’m willing to bet it won’t contain bleach!

In the meantime, ReNew Life Formulas has an award-winning line of probiotic supplements for children and adults.

Aerotoxic Syndrome

Filed in Cleansing, Digestive Health Care Books by Brenda Watson, General, Supplements, The Detox Strategy | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/28/2009


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In this video blog I discuss a recent lawsuit by Terry Williams against Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. In her lawsuit Ms. Williams states that she suffers from Aerotoxic Syndrome. What is Aerotoxic Syndrome? Where do you get it? What does it do to your body? Tune in and find out…

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Have you ever felt just completely sick after lengthy airplane travel? Headache, nausea respiratory distress and muscle aches? Well airline attendant Terry Williams has, and she is suing both Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. It seems Ms. Williams has fallen victim to Aerotoxic Syndrome, brought on by the toxic chemical laden air that can be circulating in air cabins.

You see, since the early 1960’s, cabin air has typically combined the re-circulated existing cabin air with air coming off the engines. The air pulled into the engines is cooled and compressed and then pumped into the cabin.

A very toxic chemical called tricresyl phosphate is commonly used to prevent wear inside the engines.

Does this chemical really get into the cabin? Well, a secret analysis of 31 airplane cabins from different airlines was done at the University of British Columbia. 28 of them tested positive for High levels of Tricresyl phosphate.

According to a University College of London neruopsychologist, up to 200,000 airline passengers a year may suffer illness from this contaminated air.

From now on, when I fly, I’m bringing along some Renew Life’s Liver Detox. This will help the body to detoxify this harmful chemical more efficiently and quicker.

And don’t forget to visit DetoxStrategy.com, the website of my book, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps.

Alzheimer's and Inflammation

Filed in General, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/21/2009


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In this video blog I discuss a condition that is impacting more and more people each year–Alzheimer’s. In two recent studies it was shown that inflammation in the body can lead to Alzheimer’s. How does inflammation impact your brain? What can you do to reduce inflammation in the body? Tune in and find out…

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Just recently a friend of mine was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This has made me be a little more aware of information I come across about Alzheimers.

An article posted last week talks about inflammation being a trigger for Alzheimer’s disease. Two studies quoted in the article support this conclusion.

For some time now scientists have known that a high accumulation of a protein called amyloid beta in the brain is responsible for Alzheimer’s. In this disease, this amyloid beta protein accumulates because a transporter protein, called LRP, that pushes amyloid out of the brain and into the bloodstream malfunctions. Until now, they have not been able to figure out what makes this transporter malfunction. The studies are now showing that the onset of inflammation, especially too much inflammation anywhere in the body can turn off this transport, allowing amyloid beta to accumulate within the brain tissue.

They are also seeing that administering a substance, in this case a pharmaceutical, that reduces inflammation prevents the transport protein from malfunctioning.

There is so much information popping up about the harmful effects inflammation has throughout the body, and this is another very serious example of just that.

There are lots of natural anti-inflammatories available and one of the best is a concentrated high potency omega 3 oil supplement, like the Norwegian Gold Critical Omega. Other great anti-inflammatories are turmeric, boswellia, quercitin and ginger. There are even formulas you can find in your local health food store specifically to reduce the inflammatory process.

Omega 3 Deficiency

Filed in Digestive Health, General, Omega-3 & Fish Oil, Supplements | Posted by Brenda Watson on 07/17/2009


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Summary: In this video blog I discuss the how many people suffer from Omega 3 Deficiency . What are Omega 3’s? How do you get these healthy Omega oils in your diet? What happens if you don’t have enough? The answer to all these questions and more are in this video. Tune in and find out…

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Did you know that Omega-3 Deficiency is a major killer? The sixth biggest killer of Americans according to a new study just released. That’s right – according to the study funded by the CDC and performed by Harvard University there are between 72 to 96 thousand Preventable deaths each year due to Omega-3 deficiency.

Many of us in the natural health field have long been touting the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. From cardiovascular health to brain health to vision health, the benefits are enormous. Unfortunately most Americans get very little in the Standard American Diet. The best food sources of these fatty acids are fish, especially fish like mackerel, sardines and salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in some seeds and nuts, like flax seed and walnuts. Although your diet has a tremendously powerful effect on your overall health, these are not foods normally included on a lot of Americans dinner plates.

Thankfully, you can purchase these valuable essential Omega-3 fatty acids in supplement form. Renew Life’s Norwegian Gold Critical Omega is the best on the market. It is highly concentrated, enteric coated and burp-free, thanks to Lipase. You can get tremendous health benefits from just one capsule a day. This newly released study just proves that Omega-3 fatty acid intake, whether in the diet or by supplementation, goes well beyond minor health benefits.

It is a matter of life or death.