giving it a shot. (and a giveaway.)

by Janetha on March 16, 2013

in giveaway,product review

i haven’t blogged about my GI issues in ages. i get questions about them all the time, but the truth is it’s hard for me to answer questions from others when i don’t even know the answers to my own problems.

acupuncture had been working well for me. my gut pain and bloating was reduced drastically. my acupuncturist suggested a couple dietary changes. cutting out dairy (for the most part) has helped, so has nixing coffee from my daily life. i still will have dairy and coffee here and there.. and i can definitely feel it when i do. however, my stomach will hurt tremendously at times even if i haven’t had dairy or coffee, so i know that there is more to it than that.

i haven’t been to acupuncture since january because my doc went to china and he’s still there. he will be back at the end of the month, i am anxious to get back in for more treatments! i was getting treated weekly. it’s $45 each time–not too bad considering my alternative was getting part or all of my colon removed. i would rather learn how to manage my issues than go that route.. just a personal preference. i know it has worked for many, but it’s not something i am considering right now.

while i am waiting for my acupuncturist to get back to the US of A, i have decided to try a few things. i have found that trial and error is the only way i ever make any progress. i know i should do some type of elimination diet (I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW) but, to be honest, i freaking love food and hate restrictions. it’s stubborn of me, i am well aware. there are just so many fun things in life and food happens to be a big part of those fun things. (i mean, like tonight.. i am going to a party where everyone is bringing chicken wings and we are judging them all!) maybe down the road i will muster up the willpower to do one.

for now, i have picked out three products from renew life to test out on the ol’ guts.

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i have taken renew life products in the past. i actually found out about them back in 2009 when i was exploring supplements. i like their products and i continued to purchase them from whole foods or sunflower market (which is now sprouts) on occasion. they contacted me a couple years ago and i did a review for them in 2011. they are a great company! not only for their products, but for their concern about the health of others. side note–they also donated to the great fundraising act which helped raise $30k for my friend susan’s chemotherapy. the founder and formulator of renew life, brenda watson, knows her stuff. i have watched several of her informational videos and read countless articles written by her.

while i have tried various pills in the past, i haven’t been taking any supplements for my gut issues at all lately. back when i was going to a gastroenterologist, i was taking a very expensive probiotic called VSL3. that didn’t last long. he then suggested renew life, which was comforting because i was familiar with the brand. then i was taking herbal meds from my acupuncturist, but i found that the acupuncture helped way more than the pills did.

about a month ago, i was contacted by renew life once again thanking me for working with them in the past. they offered to send me three items from their website–my choice. i figured i have nothing to lose, so i picked a few out according to my symptoms. i LOVE their website because it allows you to search by so many different factors–both by goal and by concern. each product page is loaded with information and several even have videos explaining what the item does. there are several customer reviews, too, which i always look for when selecting ANY products. i like hearing from the public!

the first supplement that caught my eye was the lactose stop since i am avoiding dairy but still like to eat it on occasion.

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you simply take a capsule of this digestive enzyme before eating a meal containing dairy. easy enough. think it’ll make me as happy as the model on the box?!

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haha. this particular product had no reviews, so i am not sure how it’ll work. we’ll see.

i also picked out intestinew, which claims to strengthen your digestive lining. it had a five star rating and the reviews were very helpful.

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they direct you to take one delayed release capsule daily. it’s also available in a powder, but i prefer capsules.

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hopefully this will help reduce bloating and speed things up since my digestion is slower than a snail.

the third and final product i picked out is the ultimate flora vaginal support. again, 5 star rating and rave reviews.

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i have mentioned before that i have gotten chronic UTIs since i was a kid. i remember going in for test after test when i was little and again as an adult. they still aren’t sure what’s wrong with me, but doctors have said it could be a muscular dysfunction in my urethra. hmmm. that’s also what i was told about my colon. my insides are messed, guys. anyway, this particular pill supports urinary health, so i decided to give it a shot.

i will let you know how these new products work out for me. i hope they help!

renew life has offered to give one meals & moves reader a $75 gift card to use on their website. since everyone has different issues, i love that they are offering a gift card rather than a specific product. what works for one may not work for another!

to enter, simply leave a comment on this post. you can get extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway, pinning it to pinterest, or posting it on facebook. just make sure you leave another comment telling me you did so in order to receive the extra entry/entries. i will pick a winner on monday.

you can check out renew life the following places:

well, i have some chicken wings to make! i have never, ever tried to make them.. so i hope it works out. marshall and i have a fun spin in mind for our wings.. hope it’s a winner!

enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xo. janetha g.

*i received these particular renew life products for free. no compensation was provided for this post and all opinions are my own. i really love this company and buy their products myself.

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Marissa March 19, 2013 at 5:46 am

I have similar sounding stomach problems as you do, but I’m only 19. This past week, from the stress at school, my Irritable Bowel Syndrome kicked in and from thursday- sunday, I gained a 6 pound “clump” in my intestines because nothing was moving through. It was incredibly uncomfortable and the pressure from the bloating was pressing on my nerves, causing dizziness anytime I wasn’t laying down. Even though no laxatives can relieve IBS, I still tried a suppository on friday, an entire bottle of saline lax on saturday and drank a 64oz bottle of prune juice sunday and topped it off with another suppository. I am happy to say that now everything is better, but I can totally relate to annoying intestinal issues.

Jenn March 19, 2013 at 8:08 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one with these issues. I’ll have to try their stuff out.

Jenny Scheldberg March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

I too have some tummy issues which I’m always trying to find ways to get under control. These products look very interesting!

Tianna March 19, 2013 at 11:06 am

Ty for the giveaway! I’d love to try any kind of probiotic supplement xx

Heather March 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

your stomach issues are very similar to mine!! i use the renew life cleanse more and have had great results. i’d love to check out some of their other products.

Andrea March 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

My sisters (step sisters so I don’t have that issue) all have very slow bowel. After colonoscopies and high colonics and cleanses and every doctor in the world up there, they started taking high doses of magnesium and this solved all of their issues. One of my sisters had a bowel movement once per week or less before she started taking the magnesium.
Just a tip for anyone who is interested–always consult your doctor or naturopath before taking high doses of herbs or vitamins!

Janetha March 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

THanks for the reminder! You are so right.

Anna March 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm

That is amazing! I would love to try some of their products.

JFV March 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I would love to win — since the beginning of the year, I have been taking probiotics in addition to other supplements. I have seen GREAT results and want to continue doing so!

sara March 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

i have crohn’s disease and prefer to keep things on the more natural level, as far as preventative care. I’ve tried some probiotics before but would love to check out the rest of their products!! :)

Amanda March 20, 2013 at 4:45 am

And you’ve definitely ruled out a gluten intolerance? I was having serious, severe, life debilitating stomach and digestive issues until I cut gluten out of my diet completely. I’m sure you’ve looked into this, as it’s many physicians’ first or second thought, but I just wanted to check it.

Also, not only can gluten itself make your stomach in knots if you’re intolerant, but it also ruins the integrity of your digestive system in a way that makes dairy very difficult to process. I actually thought I developed late-life lactose intolerance, only to discover that once I cut gluten out completely, my lactose digestion was just fine.

Good luck, and best wishes!

Traci March 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

I’d love to try out a few products, particularly a probiotic!

Kate @KateMovingForward March 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I takea probiotic but I would love to try some of those other supplements. Thanks for the giveaway!

yolanda March 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I’d love to try a probiotic supplement!!!

Megan @ Fiterature March 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Can you email me your acupuncturists name? My bro in law, who lives in SLC, has a form of Chrones and is looking for a referral. Thanks!!!

Janetha March 29, 2013 at 9:35 am

Here’s his info :)

http://www.drdingchina.com/

amanda j April 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I’d love a gift card for renew life! I’m pretty much on the same path with my gut issues. It’s all about giving things a shot, seeing if they help and moving on (hopefully with a positive attitude – which can be THE hardest part!). I’m positive that we will figure it out, Janetha! (we just gotta!)

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