Do You Get Enough Fibre?

The topic of fibre is everywhere, from cereal commercials promising extra helpings of psyllium, to doctors advising we eat more of it during annual check-ups.

It sounds like a good thing, but why?

Fibre is a really big deal when it comes to digestive health. Think of it as a broom for your intestinal tract: it saves the day by sweeping clean your colon, which is imperative for a healthy bowel. Since overall health really begins in this area of the body, it’s incredibly important that we keep it clean and working well.

So, how do you get more of this amazing fibre into your diet?

Fruit and Veggies

Fruit and veggies are a great source of both soluble (the meat of the plant) and insoluble (the peels) fibre. They help create healthy bowel movements, and give your body a massive injection of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Corn, because you can’t break it down to digest it very well, is actually a great source of insoluble fibre—it stays intact, but sweeps everything out of the body with it.

Whole Grains

Grains like sprouted buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats are fantastic sources of soluble fibre. They also lower cholesterol. There’s a huge difference between unprocessed or less-processed grains, and very processed grains.

Always buy sprouted and brown varieties, because they retain the most fibre. When grains have been heavily processed (like white bread and rice), most of the original nutrients (including the fibre) has been stripped away. For example, whole grain wraps have 5 grams of fiber, while white or coloured ones have only 1 gram.

Quick note: dairy and meat contain zero fibre. FYI.

High-Fibre Foods

This is where it gets tricky: there are a lot of commercial products out there that are marketed to consumers as being equal, but all supplements are definitely not created equal. Some are really processed, and therefore have half the fibre they should have.

Because NutraCleanseTM contains minimal, raw, relatively unprocessed ingredients like ground flax seed, it works wonders for the digestive tract. Teeming with high-fiber ingredients that are medicinally helpful and supportive to the body, it really packs a massive punch when it comes to supplementing your digestive tract with the nutrients it needs.

Just one third of a cup of NutraCleanseTM contains 14 grams of fibre—now that’s amazing. To find out where NutraCleanseTM is sold near you, visit our map of retailers HERE.

Improve Your Digestive Health TODAY!

We all suffer from digestive health issues now and again, but what happens when we suffer from them more often than not? Having chronic digestive health problems is a definite red flag that shouldn’t be ignored. Your gut is your second brain, and many of your everyday functions and processes are affected by how healthy it is (or isn’t).

So—what are some ways we can improve our gut health? We have 10 ideas:

Eat Real Food

What do we mean by ‘real food?’ We mean food that nourishes your body and provides adequate support for cell growth and repair. Food that comes from nature, like fruits and vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, and whole grains.

Not packaged foods, or foods that are high in added sugar, filler, or preservatives.

Chew Your Food Well

This might sound silly, but we live in a country full of busy people. Our culture doesn’t place emphasis on relaxation and rest, and we eat the way we live.

(Fast.)

By not chewing your food well and taking the time to eat properly, our digestive system pays a steep price. So slow down, enjoy your food, and let your tummy work the way it’s supposed to.

Drink Lots of Water

We know you know this, but honestly? None of us heed the advice very well. But by creating a chronically dehydrated state within our bodies, we force our digestive system to try and process what it needs to, without the right tools. To properly digest food, our stomach and intestines need to have a certain level of lubrication and liquid, and that comes from water.

So drink up!

Take a Probiotic

These suckers work. By routinely feeding yourself stuff that your body doesn’t like, you build an irregular balance of good-to-bad bacteria in your gut. To get that balance back to normal, probiotics are necessary.

Basically, you’re swallowing live bacteria that will go down your throat and into your tummy, where they will live on to fight the icky bad guys.

Do it.

Exercise Regularly

We know—this one’s a no-brainer. But it’s super necessary! You need to move your body to get things moving (if you know what we mean), and exercise is how you do it. Even a 20-minute walk every day can make SUCH a difference to your digestive health—your belly will thank you for it, we promise.

Eat Fermented Foods

And we’re not talking about grapes. (Ha.) What we are talking about, is fermented vegetables, kombucha, good quality yogurt, kefir, etc. Fermented foods are super high in good bacteria, and over time, they can have a huge impact on your digestive health.

Incorporate NutraCleanse™ into Your Daily Diet

Yep—we’re plugging our own product here. But seriously? The main ingredient in NutraCleanse™ (flax seed) is incredibly high in fibre and other nutrients that aid a healthy digestive system. As adults, we’re supposed to be raking in about 34 grams of fibre a day—which is waaaayyy more than the 11 grams we actually take in. (On average, of course.)

An incredibly easy way to increase your fibre intake, is by mixing 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ (per day) into smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, and more.

Manage Stress

Here we go with that “second brain” thing again. Stress plays a massive role in your health—actually, scratch that—the way you handle stress plays a massive role in your health.

And stress can mess with your stomach.

Although most people think the mind is what takes the brunt of your stress, that’s not necessarily true. Because of your brain-to-gut connection (both organs were originally one, and the term ‘enteric nervous system’ is used in the medical field to discuss that connection), stress can appear in the form of stomach knots, constipation, indigestion, and more.

So what do you do?

Lower that stress level and learn to manage stress better. You can do this by exercising regularly, eating well, meditating and practicing yoga.

Do whatever works for you.

Love your Liver

Essentially, if you can boost your liver, you can heal your bad gut. By adding foods like leafy greens, beets, carrots, bitters, dandelion, and milk thistle, you inadvertently improve your digestive health.

Listen to Your Body

Again, we’re busy people who live busy lives. But by taking the time to listen to your body, we can really help to manage stress, know when a certain food isn’t working well for us, notice when a certain food is, and recognize the need for downtime and sleep.

By listening to your body, you can put all of the ideas listed above into play—and your digestive system will flourish and be healthy.

Want a good full-length read on the topic of how to obtain a Happy Healthy Gut? Click HERE.

Want to purchase a bag of NutraCleanse™ and try it for yourself? Click HERE.

Kids Love NutraCleanse™!

Friends, 44% of people who use NutraCleanse™ are between the ages of 25 and 44. That means that there are a lot of adults out there who love our product. Why not give it to your kids, too?!

NutraCleanse™ is made with whole ingredients, and is mainly comprised of flax seed, which makes it a safe food to give to children.

Why Kids Should Eat It

Why give NutraCleanse™ to your children? Because chances are, they don’t consume enough fibre. The flax component in our product ensures that your little ones will get the fibre they need, without resorting to over-the-counter alternatives.

Extra fibre can relieve constipation, help create a healthier digestive system, and assist in lowering blood sugar.

How Kids Should Eat It

Three popular ways to sneak NutraCleanse™ into your child’s diet are:

-In a smoothie

-In oatmeal

-In baking

Some people have even told us that they mix it with Nutella and spread it on their child’s toast for breakfast! Get creative, and let your kids reap the rewards.

Kid-Friendly Recipes

Here are 3 kid-friendly recipes using NutraCleanse™:

CREAM OF WHEAT (WHEATLETS) WITH NUTRACLEANSE™

Directions

  1. Add 1/4 cup cream of wheat (sometimes called wheatlets) to 1 cup cold water in pot with dash of salt.
  2. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently.
  3. Turn heat down to simmer and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Then add 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ and stir.
  5. Empty into bowl, cool for a few minutes and serve with honey & milk.

LOW-FAT CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS

Ingredients

  • 2 cups NutraCleanse™
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup honey as substitute)
  • 3 eggs (or 3 egg whites for a lower fat version)
  • 1 whole washed orange including peel, quartered and seeded
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in medium bowl.
  2. In blender combine next 5 ingredients, blend on high for approx. 20 seconds.
  3. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and combine.
  4. Add dried cranberries, spoon into lightly sprayed muffin tray.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F (375 if using the honey substitute version) for approx. 25 minutes or until slightly browned.

Makes 12 muffins with over 8 grams of fiber each.

NUTRACLEANSE™ SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 slice mango or papaya
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/3 cup NutraCleanse

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients above to blender
  2. Put lid on blender and set speed to high for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Have any other recipes you’ve tried with the kids and want to share with us? Please comment below and let us know!

Want Better Digestive Health?

We all suffer from tummy troubles from time to time, but what happens when they become the new normal?

Having chronic digestive problems is a definite red flag that something is very wrong, and it shouldn’t be ignored. Your gut is like your second brain, and many of your everyday functions and processes are affected by how healthy it is–or isn’t.

Here are 10 ideas to help you improve your digestive health:

Quality Over Quantity

Quality food is imperative for good digestive health. We’re talking about food that comes from nature, like fruits and vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, and whole grains.

(Not packaged foods, or foods that are high in added sugar, filler, or preservatives.)

Chew Your Food Better

This might sound silly, but we live in a country full of busy people. Our culture doesn’t place emphasis on relaxation and rest, and we eat the way we live.

(Fast.)

By not chewing your food well and taking the time to eat properly, our digestive system pays a steep price. So slow down, enjoy your food, and let your tummy work the way it’s supposed to.

Drink Lots of Water

We know you know this, but honestly? None of us heed the advice very well. But by creating a chronically dehydrated state within our bodies, we force our digestive system to try and process what it needs to, without the right tools.

To properly digest food, our stomach and intestines need to have a certain level of lubrication and liquid, and that comes from water.

Incorporate Probiotics

Because these suckers work. By routinely feeding yourself stuff that your body doesn’t like, you build an irregular balance of good-to-bad bacteria in your gut. To get that balance back to normal, probiotics are necessary.

Basically, you’re swallowing live bacteria that will go down your throat and into your tummy, where they will live on to fight the icky bad guys.

Do it.

Prioritize Exercise

We know—this one’s a no-brainer. You need to move your body to get things moving (if you know what we mean), and exercise is how you do it. Even a 20-minute walk every day can make SUCH a difference to your digestive health.

Your belly will thank you for it, we promise.

Try Fermented Foods

Hint: we’re not talking about grapes, or liquid products derived from them. (Ha.)

We’re talking about fermented vegetables, kombucha, good quality yogurt, kefir, etc. Fermented foods are super high in good bacteria, and over time, they can have a huge impact on the health of your digestive environment.

Get NutraCleanse

Yep—we’re plugging our own product here. But seriously? The main ingredient in NutraCleanse™ (flax seed) is incredibly high in fibre and other nutrients that aid a healthy digestive system. As adults, we’re supposed to be raking in about 34 grams of fibre a day—which is waaaayyy more than the 11 grams we actually take in. (On average, of course.)

An incredibly easy way to increase your fibre intake, is by mixing 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ (per day) into smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, and more.

De-Stress

Here we go with that “second brain” thing again. Stress plays a massive role in your health—actually, scratch that—the way you handle stress plays a massive role in your health.

And stress can mess with your stomach.

Although most people think the mind is what takes the brunt of your stress, that’s not necessarily true. Because of your brain-to-gut connection (both organs were originally one, and the term ‘enteric nervous system’ is used in the medical field to discuss that connection), stress can appear in the form of stomach knots, constipation, indigestion, and more.

So what do you do?

Lower that stress level and learn to manage stress better. You can do this by exercising regularly, eating well, meditating and practicing yoga.

Give Your Liver Some Love

Essentially, if you can boost your liver, you can heal your bad gut. By adding foods like leafy greens, beets, carrots, bitters, dandelion, and milk thistle, you inadvertently improve the health of your digestive system.

Tune Into Your Body

Again, we’re busy people who live busy lives. But by taking the time to listen to your body, we can really help to manage stress, know when a certain food isn’t working well for us, notice when a certain food is, and recognize the need for downtime and sleep.

By listening to your body, you can put all of the ideas listed above into play—and your digestive system will flourish and be healthy.

Want to purchase a bag of NutraCleanse™ and try it for yourself? Click HERE.

Your Body Needs More Fibre

The topic of fibre is everywhere, from cereal commercials promising extra helpings of psyllium, to doctors advising we eat more of it during annual check-ups. It sounds like a good thing, but WHY?

Fibre is a really big deal when it comes to digestive health. Think of it as a broom for your intestinal tract: it saves the day by sweeping clean your colon, which is imperative for a healthy bowel.

Since overall health really begins in this area of the body, it’s incredibly important that we keep it clean and working well.

So, how do you get more fibre into your diet?

Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and veggies are a great source of both soluble (the meat of the plant) and insoluble (the peels) fiber. They help create healthy bowel movements, and give your body a massive injection of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Corn, because you can’t break it down to digest it very well, is actually a great source of insoluble fiber—it stays intact, but sweeps everything out of the body with it.

Whole Grains

Grains like sprouted buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats are fantastic sources of soluble fibre, and they also lower cholesterol. There’s a huge difference between unprocessed or less-processed grains, and very processed grains.

Always buy sprouted and brown varieties, because they retain the most fibre. When grains have been heavily processed (like white bread and rice), most of the original nutrients, including the fiber, have been stripped away.

For example, whole grain wraps have 5 grams of fibre, while white or coloured ones have only 1 gram.

An interesting side note: dairy and meat contain zero fibre.

High-Fibre Foods

This is where it gets tricky: there are a lot of commercial products out there that are marketed to consumers as being equal, but all supplements are definitely not created equal.

Some are really processed, and therefore have half the fibre they should have!

Because NutraCleanse™ contains minimal, raw, relatively unprocessed ingredients like ground flax seed, it works wonders for the digestive tract. Teeming with high-fibre ingredients that are medicinally helpful and supportive to the body, it really packs a massive punch when it comes to supplementing your digestive tract with the nutrients it needs.

Just one third of a cup of this bad boy contains 14 grams of fibre—now that’s amazing.

To find out where NutraCleanse™ is sold near YOU, visit our map of retailers HERE.

Spring Clean Your Diet with NutraCleanse™

It’s almost spring, which means the much anticipated spring break is just around the corner! This time off school and work for kids and parents can be a perfect opportunity to jump-start a cleaner, kinder, healthier diet.

Here’s how to spring clean your diet with NutraCleanse™:

Cut Sugar

Sugar is one of the leading causes of inflammation, and we all eat way too much of it. That’s because it’s in almost everything we consume!

But guess what?

There’s zero sugar in NutraCleanse™. With only five ingredients, NutraCleanse™ really is a kind product that boasts ingredients that heal.

Add Fibre

Adding fibre to your diet can drastically improve your health and well-being. Since NutraCleanse™ is comprised primarily of ground flax seed (which is crazy high in fibre), adding just 1/3 scoop to your daily food intake can score you major health points.

Prioritize Omega Fatty Acids

Essential omega fatty acids are super important to everyone’s overall health–but especially kids’.

Omega fatty acids promote brain health, so it’s definitely something a growing brain needs to perform optimally.

Eat Clean

Eating clean means knowing exactly what foods you’re putting in your body, and making sure that they’ll help to aid, and not hinder. As stated above, NutraCleanse™ is composed of five ingredients. These include:

  • flax seed
  • psyllium husk
  • dandelion root powder
  • fenugreek seed powder
  • burdock root powder

Each one of these ingredients is whole and healthy. There’s nothing hidden in our product–just 100% wholesome, simple, clean ingredients.

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water is important for flushing unwanted debris from your body. When you’re adding NutraCleanse™ to your diet, drinking lots of water is a great way to assist the extra fibre in its spring cleaning efforts.

For ideas on how NutraCleanse™ can help your body re-calibrate, read more of our blogs! There are over 1000 locations across Canada and the United States that carry our product. Find those locations HERE.

To order online, visit our website.

High-Fiber Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with NutraCleanse™

Looking for a healthy, high-fibre, kid-friendly recipe that you can send to school with your kids?

Our adapted version of this awesome muffin recipe created by Natalie Browne of Kitchen, Uncorked is incredible. The muffins are low in sugar, totally vegan, and super high in both fiber and taste.

Fiber is SO important to one’s health. It’s essential to help keep digestive issues at bay, and is directly related to lowered blood pressure and lowered blood sugar. Fiber keeps your body regular, and plays an important role in digestive health and wellness.

Aside from raw and steamed fruits and vegetables, whole grains are a great addition to any child’s diet. (And yours!)

If you feel as though your child’s diet is lacking in fiber, NutraCleanse™ is a great supplement. It’s made with only five ingredients, and is incredibly high in not only fiber, but also vitamins and antioxidants.

And that’s where this yummy, high-fibre recipe comes in.

Finding a great recipe that’s healthy, fiber-rich, and nut-free is hard. So when you do find one, you have to get your kids on board! If the muffins aren’t sweet enough for your children, you can add semi-sweet chocolate chips to make them pack more kiddie punch.

So what are you waiting for? Start grating that zucchini, and away you go!

High-Fiber Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with NutraCleanse™

HIgh-Fiber Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine chia seeds and water, stir well, and set aside on your counter.
  3. Measure the next 8 ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well, and set aside.
  4. Transfer the chia seed mixture to a medium-sized bowl. (It should have a gelatinous consistency.)
  5. Add in the apple sauce, sugar, zucchini and milk. Mix well.
  6. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and stir until just combined. Add chocolate chips. (Optional)
  7. Grease muffin tins with coconut oil.
  8. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full, and bake for 15-17 minutes.

Love them? You’re welcome!

Flax + Sweet Potato Muffin Recipe

Guys. Every time we feel like we’ve nailed another high-fibre recipe down, we come up with another one. A tastier one. A muffin recipe that includes sweet potatoes and NutraCleanse™.

Yup.

bowl of flax seed

Adapted from a muffin recipe we found in Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good, we tweaked a few things and discovered something super tasty. Check it out:

Flax + Sweet Potato Muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prick the sweet potato a few times, wrap it in tin foil, then bake for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Peel potato and mash the flesh in large bowl. Melt the coconut oil, then add to potato, along with milk, syrup, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. In second bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold into the wet mixture and stir.
  4. Line muffin pan with paper liners and distribute batter evenly among the cups.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely, then enjoy!

This muffin recipe is super high in fibre, and uses natural, minimally processed ingredients. Find more recipes by Gwyneth Paltrow, check out her lifestyle website, Goop. OR, check out or website’s Recipes page by clicking HERE.

 

 

Prioritizing Wellness with NutraCleanse™

Wellness: isn’t is strange how we’re all ready and willing to pay top dollar for our favourite bottle of wine or the sports package on TV or a vacation, but we balk at the price of gym memberships and health food?

Investing in your own health is the best investment you can possibly make; if you’re unwell or your health is chronically compromised, everything else fades away.

So why do we find it so difficult to put our health on a pedestal and prioritize our own wellness? After all, we only get one chance to create the healthy lives we all want—why not do everything we can to tip the odds of that happy, healthy life in our favour?

Here are some ways to ensure a healthy body and mind:

DO these things:

  • Sleep: 7-8 hours per night.
  • Exercise: At least 30 minutes a day; 5 days a week.
  • Eat a plant-based diet: Incorporate lots of nutritious plant foods into your favourite meals!
  • Drink water: 8 cups a day, guys
  • Stretch: Everyday–motion is lotion.
  • Breathe mindfully: Try to be conscious about breath–especially if you’re feeling stressed out.
  • Practice what you enjoy: This is important.
  • Be grateful: Practicing gratitude every day leads to a happier life experience.
  • Say thank you: Because you should. Be thankful.

DON’T do these things:

  • Stress: Stress leads to inflammation, which is the cornerstone of disease.
  • Keep grudges: Because it’s not worth it. Be happy.
  • Forget what’s important: Remind yourself of what’s important to you every day.
  • Skimp on sleep: Sleep is necessary for cellular repair–it makes us look younger, feel good, and have more energy.
  • Eat empty calories: Why eat foods that do nothing to amplify your own wellness, when you can eat foods that your body craves?
  • Take your health for granted: Because we only get one body–take care of it.

It’s all about baby steps, right? One way to easily incorporate better health into your life, is to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into your diet. The ingredients in NutraCleanse™ have been shown to help lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, improve your digestive health, and increase your intake of important omega 3 fatty acids.

So try NutraCleanse™ today, and start investing in your health immediately. Your health matters—so improve it.

How to Start Your Day with NutraCleanse™

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is usually considered the most important meal of the day, and NutraCleanse™ is the nutritious solution to your morning hustle. It gives you the extra pump of energy and vitality that you need to flawlessly carry and project your best self throughout your entire day!

Giving your mind and body nutritious and fulfilling ingredients should be an easy and fun part of your family’s routine for mental and physical well-being.

The day can get jam-packed with navigating through various tasks and projects at work, hidden stressors, kid’s schedules, and extracurricular activities.

Having the right amount of energy physically and mentally are crucial to having a successful day. Who wants to feel the need to pull their hair out mid-day or experience that familiar depletion of energy?!

Not you.

Breakfast Ideas

Whether your family agrees on the same morning boost or not, NutraCleanse™ is a family-friendly option that you can get creative with. You can easily add a scoop to the following breakfast foods:

  • smoothies
  • cereals
  • yogurt
  • pancake mix
  • oatmeal

Reap the benefits of 100% all-natural food!

Benefits of Fiber

NutraCleanse™ provides the highest form of fiber, which helps slow down the rate in which sugar is absorbed by your body. This way, you stay full longer.

You also keep your colon clean by clearing out bacteria and preventing constipation by allowing your bowels to move regularly.

The perks of high-fiber NutraCleanse™ in your breakfast will help you stay full and satisfied for a longer period of time, and avoid having to reach for starchy foods and drinks that are packed with fillers and contain no benefits in the moment or long term.

Effective Ingredients

The combination of flax seed, psyllium husk, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder gives your mind and body essential ingredients so that your family can have fun and indulge on being healthy together any time of the day without crashing.

Find a retailer near you, or purchase NutraCleanse™ directly from our website HERE.

Cheers to a happy New Year and even happier mornings!