How Well Do You Know Your Gluten-Free Grains?

With more and more people committing to a gluten-free diet, the question of which grains are gluten-free comes up a lot. Here’s a non-conclusive list of popular gluten-free grains:

Quinoa

Technically a seed, quinoa is a fabulous replacement for grains that may contain gluten. It’s also a good source of protein, making it ideal for those who have vegetarian and/or vegan diets. Quinoa boasts anti-inflammatory benefits and can help lower cholesterol.

Oats

Oats are gluten-free, but come with a disclaimer: many oat crops suffer from cross-pollination from neighbouring wheat fields, rendering them not gluten-free. To be sure the oats you’re eating are free of gluten, look specifically for a gluten-free label—these oats originate from fields nowhere close to wheat crops.

Buckwheat

Although ‘wheat’ is in the name, buckwheat contains no actual wheat. It’s gluten-free! (And technically a seed, like quinoa.) Its nutritional profile boasts high levels of vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate, thiamin and choline.

Millet

Often the main ingredient in bird seed, millet is very high in minerals (copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus) and a healthy alternative to grains containing gluten. Couscous, a Middle Eastern dish, is traditionally made with cracked millet.

Rice

Rice—especially sprouted brown rice—is a great grain to incorporate into any diet. It’s super versatile, and definitely gluten-free.

Grains that definitely DO contain gluten include wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. If you’re consuming a completely gluten-free diet, it’s best to avoid these ones.

Health Benefits of NutraCleanse™ Ingredients

NutraCleanse™ is known for being a clean and effective product that boasts only 5 ingredients: flax seed, psyllium husk, burdock root powder, fenugreek seed powder, and dandelion root powder. Our customers know that NutraCleanse™ is simple, wholesome, and above all, healthy.

But why?

Here are the many health benefits of the 5 ingredients that make up NutraCleanse™:

Flax Seed

Flax is typically the best-known of the 5 ingredients, and people are correct to associate it with fibre and better bowel movements, but the health benefits go much further than that! Flax also has been proven to lower cholesterol[1], and slow the digestion of sugars.[2] It’s also high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.[3]

In other words? It’s a GREAT food to incorporate in your everyday routine.

Psyllium Husk

Like flax seed, psyllium’s health benefits include being naturally very high in fibre, and it’s effective as a mild laxative.[4] It’s also heart-healthy, and can contribute to weight-loss.[5]

Burdock Root Powder

Burdock is an herb that is commonly used as a medicinal tea ingredient. Here’s a list of the health benefits that it’s typically known for, according to The University of Maryland Medical Center[6]:

  • Purifies blood to clear the bloodstream of toxins.
  • Used as a diuretic to help eliminate excess water by increasing urine output.
  • Can be used as a topical remedy for skin issues like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Fenugreek Seed Powder

According to Dr. Mercola, fenugreek seed powder can help lower cholesterol, slow the absorption of glucose in the intestines, prevent constipation, calm PMS and symptoms of menopause, and maintain brain health.[7]

Fun fact: fenugreek is also considered an aphrodisiac.[8]

Dandelion Root Powder

Teeming with vitamins and minerals, dandelion root is also used to treat constipation, liver problems, kidney disease, heartburn, and skin problems.[9]

Its health benefits also extend to helping boost the immune system.[10]

Bottom Line

Knowing exactly what fabulous benefits NutraCleanse™ possesses, why not try to incorporate it into your everyday diet? Food products like NutraCleanse™ are often so undervalued and overlooked, but sometimes it’s simple—and NutraCleanse™ is simply fabulous.

Don’t believe us? Check out the reviews on our Testimonials page, and cheers to great health!


References

[1] http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/claims-reclam/assess-evalu/flaxseed-graines-de-lin-eng.php

[2] http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2008/10/flaxseed/page-01

[3] http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/why-not-flaxseed-oil

[4] http://www.healthline.com/health/psyllium-health-benefits

[5] http://www.healthline.com/health/psyllium-health-benefits

[6] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/burdock

[7] http://foodfacts.mercola.com/fenugreek.html

[8] http://foodfacts.mercola.com/fenugreek.html

[9] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

[10] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

New Winter Recipes and Other Yummy Suggestions

While February might seem like we are approaching the end of winter, we still have another 5 weeks to go. So we thought we’d post some new recipes!

Recipes

Each of the three new recipes available on our website are from Jennifer Browne’s Vegetarian Comfort Foods. This cookbook showcases recipes that are kind to our digestive tracts, so it’s kind of perfect for what NutraCleanse™ stand for: health and happiness! (Particularly with regards to happy and healthy digestion.)

All 3 of the recipes we chose to feature on our site are vegan and gluten-free.

Cookbooks

Here is a list of other recipe sources (a list compiled by the lovely Erin Ireland, from To Die For Fine Foods) that are healthy and conducive to great gut health:

And if you’re looking for a great Baby Food cookbook that features whole, plant-based recipes designed to be very kind to your little one’s gut, pre-order Baby Nosh: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Goodness for Baby’s Food Sensitivities. (out March 1!)

Enjoy, and happy cooking!

NutraCleanse and Kids

We always get asked how to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into kids’ diets. Parents know that as a food product comprised of over 90% flaxseed, NutraCleanse™ is a fabulous way to add fiber and omega 3’s to their children’s everyday eating routines—and we couldn’t agree more.

Here are our top 5 recommendations for adding our product to your child’s daily menu:

Breakfast

Add 2 tablespoons of NutraCleanse™ to your child’s oatmeal. Cook oatmeal, stir in NutraCleanse™, and serve. It’s that easy!

Lunch

Stir 1 tablespoon of NutraCleanse™ into your child’s pasta, soup, stew, or chili. Kids won’t notice, but you’ll know it’s there, and you’ll feel good about that.

Snack

Add 2 tablespoons to an after-school smoothie. In addition to adding fibre and omega 3’s, our product will help your child to process the sugar from the fruit more efficiently.

Dinner

Add ½ cup of NutraCleanse™ to your family’s lasagna, burger mix, casserole, or anything else you can think of! Dinner just got even healthier, and your kids will be none the wiser.

Dessert

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of NutraCleanse™ on top of ice cream, yogurt, pudding, fruit compote, applesauce, or whatever you happen to be serving to your child.

By incorporating NutraCleanse™, a completely natural, gluten-free, high-flax mixture to your child’s diet every day, you can assist your child in having a healthier digestive system and lower blood sugar levels. You will also increase her intake of omega 3 fatty acids—something most kids don’t get enough of.

But why take our word for it?! Order a bag (or find one in-store at one of our 1000 locations across Canada and the United States) and try it for yourself.

We promise you’ll be back for more.

Eating In-Season: 4 Reasons to Try It

Let’s face it: most of you who are reading this blog post are doing so in the lap of luxury. We are so incredibly fortunate to be living where we live, and do you know what always reminds us of that?

The grocery store.

Because surrounding us are not only foods from far-away countries (pineapples, bananas, dragon fruit), but also ones that are obviously not in-season. For instance, apples and pears are in-season in the fall, but we still get them in the spring. And what about broccoli in the summer and rhubarb in September?

The thing is, we are best to eat what’s naturally grown around us, when it’s in-season. Why? Because Mother Nature is smart, and she knows that we need to be extra hydrated in the summer (watermelon), and that we’ll need more vitamin D in the winter (kale).

Here are 4 reasons to try and eat what’s in season where you live:

In-Season is Fresh

When you consume foods that are in-season, those foods are fresher than others. Why? Because they haven’t sat in a truck on a cross-country trip for a week, and they certainly haven’t crossed continents. When food is fresher, it also retains more of its nutrients, which is your basic reason for eating it in the first place. Healthier equals better.

Right?!

In-Season is Less Expensive

Again, all those long trips from point A to Z can cost a lot. And it also costs a lot to produce out-of-season goods locally, because it typically requires a greenhouse.

Why pay more for food that won’t nourish as well as in-season food will?

Your Body Loves In-Season Foods

Like what was written above, our bodies are designed to exist within the ebb and flow of Mother Nature. If you try a summer fruit juice cleanse in the winter, you won’t feel good. Similarity, eating a lot of winter produce in the summer won’t work with your body as well, either.

We have to remember that we’re beings of the earth, and that we should be consuming what makes the most sense.

In-Season Means You’re Supporting Local

By spending your money on goods that are produced by local famers, you support your local economy. Your whole neighborhood thrives when everyone is helped and supported, and that’s important for the well-being of the entire community.

So there you have it! Four reasons to eat in-season. We challenge you to give it shot and pay attention to how you feel, and how much money you may have saved.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Detox Your Body, Naturally

It might be the end of January, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop with the health streak. By now, most of us have cut down on alcohol and refined sugar (something we get way too much of during the holidays), and stepped up our exercise regime.

So what next? How about a detox?!

The next logical step to your New Year wellness plan is to detox. There are many ways to accomplish this, and we’ll outline some here. Check out these 5 ways to detox your body, naturally:

Drink More Water

Increasing your water intake is the number one way help your body detox. And? It’s free! This is what consuming more water will do for your body:
• Help release stored fluid, thereby decreasing puffiness.
• Clear the lymphatic system and assist in better blood circulation.
• Assist in better bowel movements, which helps detox the colon.
• Help your skin (your largest organ!) clean itself from the inside out, which clears up acne.
• Fills your stomach, which helps you to feel satiated longer between meals (ultimately assisting your digestive system in taking a load off).

Start Juicing

Juicing fruit and vegetables is a great way to get loads of antioxidants and vitamins into your body very quickly. Juicing also helps your body detox, by:
• Flooding your body with nutrients it desperately needs.
• Assisting in better quality bowel movements (again, good for the colon).
• Increases the amount of liquids entering your body, which helps to decease puffiness and flush out your urinary tract and digestive system (which both can harbor E. coli).

Add NutraCleanse™

Adding NutraCleanse™ to your smoothies, oatmeal, baking, and whatever else you can manage will greatly help with the detoxification of your colon. Here’s why:
• NutraCleanse™ is comprised of over 90% flax seed, whose fibre helps to sweep the colon clean.
• Flax has also been shown to decrease blood pressure and blood sugar, which takes the pressure off various organs.

Use a Dry Skin Brush

If you’ve never used a dry skin brush, we think you’re missing out. By slowly and rhythmically brushing your skin from top to bottom in long, meticulous strokes, you accomplish the following:
• Detox the skin by removing dead skin cells, which allows your skin to breathe and glow.
• Awaken the lymphatic system by encouraging drainage of excess fluids (this is why you work from top to bottom), and stimulate the nervous system.

Sweat. Like, A LOT.

You might already be doing this, but if you’re not, get on board. Here’s why:
• Sweating detoxes the skin.
• The exercise you do to become sweaty increases circulation and moves excess fluids from the body.
• Your organs are being worked extra hard during a sweat session; this helps them to do their jobs better, and ultimately eliminate accumulated trash.

So board the New Year detox train, and remember, our suggestions are natural, non-harmful detox solutions. They’re all safe, effective, and inexpensive. And if you haven’t tried NutraCleanse™ yet, you’re definitely in for a treat.

Good luck, and enjoy!

Investing in Your Health

It’s funny 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.

Right?

So why do we find it so difficult to put our health on a pedestal and focus on wellness? After all, we only get one shot at this—why not do everything we can to tip the odds of a happy, healthy life in our favour?

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

DO these things:

  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Eat a plant-based diet
  • Drink water
  • Stretch
  • Breathe mindfully
  • Practice what you enjoy
  • Be grateful
  • Say thank you

DON’T do these things:

  • Stress
  • Keep grudges
  • Forget what’s important
  • Skimp on sleep
  • Eat empty calories
  • Take your health for granted

It’s all about baby steps, right? One way to easily incorporate better health into your life, is to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into your diet. NutraCleanse™ has been shown to help lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, improve your digestive health, and will 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.

 

The NutraCleanse™ Brand: We’re Everywhere!

If you keep yours eyes open, you’ll discover that we’re everywhere! The NutraCleanse™ brand can be found all over Canada, but did you know that we’re also in the United States?

Locally produced in Mission, BC, the majority of our retail clients are also from the same, beautiful area. We serve the entire Fraser Valley and greater Vancouver, as well as many other cities and towns across BC, the most.

Why?

Because although our product does well wherever it’s sold, people like to purchase local products that have a well-known brand. It’s customer loyalty, right?!

If you’re ensure of where to find our product, you can click on the RETAILERS page on our website, and see a full list of where we’re carried near you. But to give you a quick idea of where we’re almost always hanging out, check out the following list of well-known food stores and retail shops:

Some of Our Most Loyal Retailers

  • Alive Health Centre
  • Choices Market
  • Cooper’s Foods
  • Fuel
  • Good Health Mart
  • Homesteader
  • IGA
  • Med Shop
  • Morning Sun
  • Nature’s Fare
  • Nutters
  • Old Fashioned
  • Overwaitea Foods
  • Palm Natural
  • Price Smart Foods
  • Pure Integrative
  • SOB
  • Sangsters
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Urban Fare
  • Vitality Health

And more!

Our Brand is Our Promise

We promise to keeping making NutraCleanse™ with the same 5 ingredients, and to keep it gluten-free and locally produced. We promise no filler, additives, or preservatives. We also promise that you’ll keep coming back for more–because NutraCleanse™ works.

Our Brand is Our Legacy

Our customers know that our brand is superior to any other on the market—because we’re the original, real-deal! NutraCleanse™ is pure, wholesome, and based on a 150-year-old Finnish recipe that works, and we wanted you to know that when you are looking for us, you don’t have to look far. We’re everywhere!

As a closing note, please be aware of many copycat products and know that they are NOT affiliated with NutraCleanse™. We’re the one and only, and we want you to reap the benefits of the original product, not one that might be sub-par or ineffective.

Stay healthy, and ciao for now!

3 New Winter Recipes Using NutraCleanse™:

We know smoothies are hard to wrap your brain around when it’s cold and wet outside. Since mixing NutraCleanse™ into a smoothie is our customers’ preferred way of incorporating our product into their diet, we thought we’d offer more options that are more realistic for the current season.

Here are 3 new gluten-free winter recipes that use NutraCleanse™ (All 3 recipes adapted from Vegetarian Comfort Foods with permission from author Jennifer Browne.):

Quinoa and Bananas Breakfast Cereal

This is a great alternative to a hot breakfast cereal. Breakfast should not be boring! The walnuts add some healthy fat, and quinoa is a complete protein, which creates a perfect meal for plant-based, gluten-free eaters.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup NutraCleanse™

1 banana, sliced

¼ cup chopped walnuts

1 tbsp. cinnamon

Method

Combine quinoa and almond milk. Bring to a simmer on the stove; then turn heat down to low. Cook until all milk is absorbed, and quinoa is fairly translucent. Remove from heat, stir in NutraCleanse™, and divide into bowls. Top with banana slices, walnuts, and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Chili

It’s perfect for a cold winter day, and especially if you’re in the mood for something hearty.

Ingredients

16 oz. can red kidney beans

1 yellow onion

1 green pepper

2 carrots

2 cloves garlic

3 mushrooms

3 cups diced tomatoes

1 cup water

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. red pepper chili flakes

1 tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. garlic salt

2 bay leaves

½ cup NutraCleanse™

Method

Drain and rinse beans well, then set aside. Combine onion, green pepper, carrots, and garlic in food processor. Process for about 7-8 seconds on high; then slice your mushrooms. Combine veggie mixture with mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, water, spices, and bay leaves in crock pot. Cook on high for two hours, or low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

Just before serving, add NutraCleanse™ and stir into chili. Remove bay leaves, and serve hot.

Chunky Monkey Cookies

These cookies are soft and fabulous and entirely flourless. Be careful—they vanish quickly.

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

½ cup NutraCleanse™

¼ cup almond butter

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup chia seeds

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mash bananas in a large bowl, and then stir in remaining ingredients. Let batter stand for about 10 minutes (this is important—it’s how the batter thickens up). Drop by small spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool completely, and then enjoy!

The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution

Folks, we are on the very last week of 2015. What a year! And what a time of year to think about making improvements. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, but not many of us keep them much longer than a month or so.

Why?

Because often, they’re fairly unrealistic. But this year, vow to make your resolution one that is realistic and contributes to increasing the well-being of your body, mind, and soul. Think of your resolution as spring cleaning for your whole self. And NutraCleanse™ can help!

NutraCleanse™ is a fantastic jumping off point for healthy change and better habits. All you need to do is pledge to consume 1/3 cup every day. That’s it! Here’s how that spirals to overall goodness:

Healthier Snacking

You have to find a way to get the 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ into your body. The vehicle for such a job can be water, a smoothie, some oatmeal, or anything else that allows basic entry. The beautiful part? Just about anything you choose to do this job will be healthy. You could always use another cup of water or a smoothie.

Right?!

For more ideas on what to mix NutraCleanse™ with, see HERE.

Increased Water Consumption

Once it’s in your body, you’ll need to make sure you stay properly hydrated so that the NutraCleanse™ can do its job. So you’ll drink more water throughout the day—which is good!

So now you’re drinking extra water, you’re eating a heathy meal in order to get it in your body in the first place, and now what?

Weight Loss

You experience results that fiber-rich NutraCleanse™ is capable of (mainly assisting in wayyyy better bowel movements), and notice that after a few days, you’re two pounds lighter and feel great. And you know what? Because of those reasons, you’ll keep up the routine.

To better understand how increasing fiber contributes to greater weight loss, click HERE.

Healthy Habits

So by making your New Year’s resolution to consume 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ per day, you’re actually doing the following: eating healthier, drinking more water, losing weight, and ultimately starting a new healthy habit that is inexpensive, effective, natural, and above all, easy.

So Happy New Year’s from the NutraCleanse™ team—we know we’ll be hearing from you soon.

Cheers!