It’s no secret that I love RenewLife Probiotics! In fact, I have been taking them daily for quite literally years, and had an automatic subscription so I’d never run out! When they were no longer offered on auto-subscribe, I ended up missing a few days, and I swore I’d never run out again! I received samples of the Ultimate Flora probiotics, which are sold in drug and grocery stores.
I’ve talked about probiotics before, and I’ve actually talked about ReNew Life before too! I first bought probiotic supplements when my husband and daughter were on antibiotics. I had read that probiotics would help counteract the effects of the antibiotics killing the good bacteria in your gut (they worked.) At the time, I actually didn’t realize that they were made by ReNew Life…we were just told by the store clerk that they were “the best.”
I have continued to buy them and they have made a huge difference for me. I have had “tummy troubles” my whole life, and boy, pregnancy sure doesn’t help matters!! I buy my kids the chewable Flora Bears or Buddy Bears and they ask for their “bear” every day! For myself and my husband I typically buy the Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 billion, but I recently bought the 80 billion because it was on sale at my store!
This is what’s in my fridge right now and yes, I bought them myself, they weren’t given to me and I wasn’t paid to endorse ReNew Life!
My husband went on a business trip, which meant a week of not sleeping on the uncomfortable hotel pillows, along with eating out every day, and the stress of traveling. When he came home, his stomach was “pretty messed up” (in his words!) It didn’t help that he hadn’t been taking probiotics while he was gone either. I bought him a box of the 200 billion Super Critical Probiotics, which is a box of 7 powder packets (kind of like single serve drink mixes.) You mix it with liquid and drink up. My husband said it dissolved better if you put the liquid in your glass first, then added the powder, and it dissolved better in apple juice than orange juice. He tends to be a bit skeptical about, well…everything, but the proof was in the
pudding probiotics. The day after he took the first dose he said he felt so much better, and he ended up only using about 3 packets before he felt “back to normal.”
I have spent tons of time and money researching and buying various fiber supplements, and nothing has really worked for me. I was actually surprised at the difference ReNew life has made for me, and I can tell when I’ve forgotten to take my probiotic for a day or two. Even though I’m
cheap frugal, especially when it comes to something for me, I will continue to buy them!
The importance of taking a probiotic within 2-3 hours of antibiotics is one of the things that ReNew Life aims to teach young adults through their “How Does Poo move You” outreach initiative. I’m guessing that most teens and young adults think that Fiber Supplements and talk of digestive health are for geriatrics…I know I’ve told my hubby that I feel like an old person with all my issues! ReNew Life is using potty humor to reach out to young adults with their How Does Poo Move You Facebook page and video contest. (Check out the HDPMY YouTube Channel and the winning video.)
I’ve learned through trial and error that daily exercise, along with a high fiber, lower fat/carb/processed food diet helps me maintain a healthy digestive system. ReNew Life know that most young adults don’t pay attention to their digestive health, and don’t know how to counteract or naturally treat digestive health issues and common symptoms. The key objective of the “How Does Poo Move You” campaign is to educate with a goal toward digestive health issue prevention.
This is awesome! I wish I had known what I know now about digestive health, 15+ years ago. The PG/PG-13 “potty humor” angle means they can reach out to teens/young adults and get through to them!
Giveaway: ReNew Life is offering one of my readers a $50 gift certificate to spend on anything from ReNew Life!
The bonus entry is to tell us “How Poo Moves You.” Do you have a silly potty training story? Does your child have a dance that lets you know they have to go? Do you hide in the bathroom and read a book while you go, or are you just happy if you get to go without an audience?
Brenda Watson founded ReNew Life in 1997, and now ReNew Life is the leading digestive care company found in health stores in the U.S. and Canada. Brenda is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and has a special on PBS: The Road to Perfect Health – Balance Your Gut, Heal Your Body, an in-depth look at how chronic diseases start with an unhealthy digestive system. You can check the PBS schedule to see when it will be on, and also view clips on Brenda’s YouTube page.
ReNew life has all kinds of probiotics, and they even have a tool to help decide which probiotic is right for you. They also have Digestive Enzymes (which I am definitely going to look for!), Omega Supplements, Fiber Supplements and many more products for your digestive and overall health.
I’ve heard lots of talk about probiotics over the years, but I had never tried them until a few months ago. In February, my husband and daughter both were on antibiotics, so I sent my husband to our local organic market to look for probiotics. I had read that probiotics would help keep their bodies’ natural balance and avoid nasty side effects from the antibiotics.
He didn’t really know what he was looking for (and I didn’t really know what to tell him to look for) so he asked an employee. He was told that ReNew Life was “the best,” and he bought the Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion (MSRP $37.99/30) for himself, and the Flora Bear for Kids (MSRP $14.99) for our daughter.
The adult probotics are easy to swallow, and are enteric-coated, delayed release capsules, so they dissolve in your intestines (instead of your stomach) so they can do their work.
The Flora Bear probiotics have a cute bear design, are easy to chew (not too chalky) and taste good. They are mildly sweet and have an orange flavor.
After our first experience with probiotics, I wasn’t thinking they were some sort of miracle, but no one suffered any ill effects from the antibiotics! When we all got the stomach bug a few weeks later, my husband and I were both frantically digging in the fridge for leftover probotics!
Without making this post “TMI,” I have always had “issues” with my digestive system, and they have been pretty unbearable over the past few weeks (anyone with IBS can sympathize!) I picked up a bottle of the Ultimate Flora Critical Colon 80 Billion (first picture in the post) to try. The MSRP is $49.99, but they were $42.99 at my store. It seems awfully expensive for 30 pills but first of all, you only have to take one per day. Plus, really? I have told my DH that I would gladly pay more than that in exchange for living my life without always having my digestive system on my mind and suffering daily.
After taking these once daily for a little over a week, I actually felt “normal.” It was pretty darn amazing.
I received a bottle of the Buddy Bear (MSRP $13.99) probiotics to review. Like the Flora Bear, they have a nice, easily chewable texture and a mildly sweet orange flavor.
They are recommended for children 2 and up, but my 23-month old son has been taking them too. Both of my kids love them and ask for them every day!
I really feel like Brenda Watson and ReNew Life know digestive health, and their products work. I’ll continue to buy them, since they are working so well for us.
Please note that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the internet. Do not confuse my opinions for medical advice. Digestive issues can be signs of serious illness. IBS symptoms can be similar to far more serious problems such as: Colon Cancer, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac, Bowel Obstructions, Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis, Gallstones, Food Allergies/Intolerances, Bacterial Infections, Intestinal Parasites, Ovarian Cancer and even Endometriosis. If you are experiencing digestive distress more than occasionally, it’s very important that you see your doctor to rule out other diseases.
Giveaway: ReNew Life is offering one reader a $50 Gift Certificate to spend on anything they like at ReNewLife.com!
Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below. I love comments (great way to remind yourself you entered) but comments do not count as entries.
Mandatory entries include your name, and email address.
You may receive bonus entries if you 1. “Like” my new Facebook page (Please note this is a new page titled Change-Diapers.com. You must like the new page for this entry, feel free to “unlike” the old Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, Oh My! page after you do.) 2. “Like” Brenda Watson on Facebook and/or 3. Sign up for Brenda Watson’s Newsletter (right column of the page, third heading down.
I will accept entries until Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.
# of entries received as of giveaway close: 116
FTC compliance: I received the Buddy Bear Probiotics at no cost in order to review them. Other items were purchased at normal retail prices. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.