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!

NutraCleanse™: What’s in a Brand?

There are many different companies who sell the same type of product. For example, you can purchase a brand-name item (like ketchup) and a generically-branded item (again, ketchup), and they are close to the same thing.

But although it costs a little more, most people still purchase the brand-name ketchup (Heinz–we’re talking to YOU). Why? Because it tastes better, and you trust the brand.

The same goes for NutraCleanse™. There are other products out there that are marketed as being exactly what our product is. But you know what?

They’re not the same.

NutraCleanse™ has a story; a 150-year Finnish history. Our product is pure and wholesome and has stood the test of time. We use only 5 natural ingredients, and we care about what our customers think. We go to great lengths to make sure our product is safe, effective, and marketed and branded properly.

Anyone can whip up a mixture of ground flaxseed, but our particular recipe is what makes NutraCleanse™ great—and our customers know that.

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When you purchase our product, please make sure it’s really us. Pay attention to how ‘NutraCleanse™’ is spelled, and look for the TM symbol. We want to ensure that our reputation stays intact as a fantastic food product, and doesn’t become tarnished by copycat makers and distributors. We want you to continue to use and enjoy NutraCleanse™ the way you have been for years, and we pride ourselves on creating a product that is unlike any other.

A superior product.

The next time you pick up a bag of NutraCleanse™, know that what you’re purchasing has a history of effectiveness and has contributed to improved health for over 150 years. Trust us—we want to be part of your wellness journey and know that you’re thriving in part because of our product.

We care about our customers.

Happy Holidays!

NutraCleanse™: Food or Natural Health Product?

With a product like NutraCleanse™, it’s easy to see why some may assume we’re classified as a natural health product. Our product is healthy, natural, wholesome, and its ingredients are extremely beneficial to our customers’ health.

However, there are some factors about our product that don’t meet the definition of what Canada considers a natural health product (NHP).

We’re a Gourmet Food Product, Not a Natural Health Product

Under the classification of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, NutraCleanse™ is defined as a food, not an NHP:

“The term “food” (definition) is defined in the Food and Drugs Act (FDA). Natural health products (definition), which are a subset of drugs, are defined and regulated under the Natural Health Products Regulations (NHPR). These definitions are central to determining the correct classification of a product (i.e. food or NHP) and consequently whether the food or NHP regulatory framework applies.” #1

 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is the governing body responsible for compliance and enforcement of regulations and requirements related to food, while Health Canada carries out this role for Natural Health Products.

Health Canada (Natural Health Products)

It is Health Canada’s responsibility to determine product classification, and Health Canada takes the following four factors into consideration when determining the classification of a product:

  • Product format
  • Product composition
  • Perception of history and use
  • Product representation

“NHPs that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada bear a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers are indications that the product is classified as a NHP and falls under Health Canada‘s responsibility.” NutraCleanse™ was determined not to need one of these numbers, and therefore consumers will not find one on our packaging.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Food)

The main difference between food and NHPs, is how they’re represented. If the label of a product claims to solve a health issue, then it’s considered a drug. Although NutraCleanse™ is extremely beneficial to many areas of health, such as being an excellent mild laxative, lowering blood sugar, and aiding in weight loss, we don’t make those claims on our packing, because our consumers know by looking at our product that it’s composed of mostly flax, and flax will help with the above afflictions.

It’s like kale: kale could come packaged with a health claim to add more fibre (therefore helping people with constipation), or be full of readily-absorbable antioxidants (thereby decreasing levels of free radicals and having an anti-cancer effect), but it doesn’t need to. People know it’s healthy, and its packaging (or lack-thereof) does not need to claim anything.

It’s the same with NutraCleanse™.  We don’t need a number, because it’s obvious what’s in our product, and there are only 5 ingredients. We’re not a natural health product; our product is food. Whole, gluten-free, healthy, nutritious food. And that’s it.

We’re not trying to be something we’re not—we’re simple, and simply healthy. To learn more about what products need NHP classification and an associated Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on their labels, see the video below.


References:

#1: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Improve Your Symptoms of IBS in 6 Simple Steps

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by a massive variety of chronic digestive ailments, including bloating, excessive gas, stomach, back, and groin pain, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and more. Technically a diagnosis of exclusion, those who suffer from it are often also depressed, because no real diagnosis, means no real cure.

Making radical life style changes can help big time, and although it may seem impossible, it’s not. And once you feel great for the first time in years, you’ll have no problem wanting to continue along the path to good digestive health.

There are many things one can do to improve the symptoms of IBS, including the following:

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Consume only foods that are simple for your body to digest.

What does this mean, exactly? It means literally eat foods that your digestive system can process without much effort. Nothing heavy, and nothing that your body will naturally want to fight; you have to get rid of the common triggers. Here’s a list of common offenders to stay away from:

  • Dairy
  • Breads
  • Red meat
  • Processed foods
  • Heavy sugar
  • Caffeine and alcohol

Eat plenty of fibre, but make sure you do it properly.

Replacing dead and non-nutritive foods with ones that contribute to healing your gut is important. For many people who suffer with IBS, constipation is a real issue. To combat constipation, you have to be eating enough fibre-rich foods, but you also have to drink enough water so that the fibre can move along properly, to do its job.

Here are a few foods that are high in fibre:

  • Beans (black, navy, pinto, garbanzo (chickpeas) and kidney beans)
  • Legumes (peas, green beans)
  • Fruits (apples, pears, berries, watermelon, plums, peaches)
  • Vegetables (leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, artichokes)
  • Roots (sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, and other tubers)
  • Whole grains (quinoa, oats, couscous, millet, and sprouted wheat)
  • NutraCleanse™ (add 1/3 cup daily to smoothies and/or oatmeal)
  • Dried fruit (figs, dates raisins, and prunes)

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Stay very hydrated.

This is so important, because water helps to break down the foods you eat. It keeps your whole body moving the way it was designed. If you allow yourself to become dehydrated, you limit what your body can do for you.

Manage your stress.

This is massively important for people suffering with IBS. There is a well-known brain-gut connection, and when you’re stressed out, your digestive system responds to that. By staying relatively stress-free, you can manage your gut flare-ups. Here are some ways to help manage stress:

  • Meditate
  • Breathe consciously
  • Do yoga
  • Know your limitations when it comes to work and family
  • Get help when you need it
  • Exercise

Walking and running

Exercise daily.

The last point in the stress category gets its own little section, here. Exercise not only helps to manage stress; it also helps to keep the stomach toned and the digestive system moving. By literally moving your abdominal muscles, you help your digestive system work better.

So get moving!

Take probiotics and digestive enzymes, and eat fermented foods.

This last point is really all about maintenance. One of the known contributors to IBS is deleted digestive enzymes. Your enzymes can be low because of a variety of factors, including diet, stress, and other lifestyle issues, such as alcohol abuse and chronic illness.

So let’s get them back!

You can purchase probiotics (friendly bacteria) and digestive enzymes at your local health foods store, or grocery store pharmacy.

As for the fermented food, it contains natural digestive enzymes, too. The following foods are great for digestive health, and for those with IBS:

  • Kombucha
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled vegetables (different than conventional pickles)
  • Miso

By following the six steps above, you will learn how to maintain a happy, healthy gut. You don’t need to suffer with IBS; you just have to learn how to manage it properly. Want to read more? We have the book for you, and you can order it HERE:

Happy Healthy Gut

10 Easy Ways to Add NutraCleanse™ to Your Favourite Foods

Fibre’s a big buzz word nowadays, isn’t it? We all know we need more of it, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to fit in extra fibre, when you’re busy working, dragging your kids to soccer, and making PTA meetings.

Well, we’re here to show you how!

You’re reading this blog, so you may already be pretty familiar with NutraCleanse™. If you’re not, you will be in about four minutes. (Keep reading!)

NutraCleanse™ is an all-natural health product that is formulated to help assist a sluggish digestive system, while simultaneously helping other parts of your body, too! It’s made of only 5 ingredients, and that means that each ingredient has to count. These ingredients include flax seed, fenugreek seed powder, burdock root, dandelion root, and psyllium husk.

Here are 10 of your favourite foods that taste fantastic with an added scoop of NutraCleanse™ (AKA fibre):

Yogurt

Mix a couple of tablespoons into your yogurt, and eat immediately!

Smoothies

Add 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ to a 12 ounce smoothie. Blend, and drink! Need recipes? Click HERE!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Stir two tablespoons into your favourite oatmeal for an incredibly fibre-rich breakfast.

Cereal

Add two tablespoons of NutraCleanse™ to your cereal, and add your milk or milk alternative.

Cream of Wheat

Just like oatmeal, Cream of Wheat tastes great with a couple of added tablespoons of NutraCleanse™.

Pudding

Stir a tablespoon into your favourite pudding. We like chocolate!

Applesauce

The nutty, earthy flavour of NutraCleanse™ tastes fantastic when mixed with applesauce.

Salsa

Stir some of our product into salsa for additional fibre.

Peanut Butter or Nutella

Again, the already nutty flavour of NutraCleanse™ compliments the nuts found in these spreads!

Milkshake

You won’t even notice it. Add two tablespoons to a 12-ounce milkshake for sneaky fibre and increased digestive health.

Let us know your favourite way of incorporating NutraCleanse™ into your diet! We love to hear from our loyal customers. Once you start using our product, you won’t want to stop—it’s that effective. If you’re interested in learning some new recipes that incorporate NutraCleanse™, click HERE.

5 Reasons Your Child Might Be Constipated

If you’ve ever experienced constipation for yourself, you know that it can be anything from mildly uncomfortable to downright painful. When this affliction occurs in kids, it’s heartbreaking. Yet a massive percentage of children suffer from this ailment!

Why?

Aside from medical factors like side effects of certain medications, here are 5 common reasons why today’s children are so constipated:

Inadequate water intake.

Sometimes we forget that water is the ultimate lubricant, and other beverages don’t measure up. Your child should be drinking lots of water throughout the day—especially is she is active, as most children are.

Many won’t ask for water to drink unless they’re very thirsty, but we don’t want them to get to that point. Making a conscious effort to provide your child with water throughout the day (not just at mealtimes) is not only important, it’s imperative to their digestive health.

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Low to negligible consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

How many parents out there pack a couple of pieces of fruit into their child’s lunch every day, only to find that fruit coming home bruised and uneaten at the end of the day? The rule should be this: until two pieces of fruit and three veggies are consumed, there is no dessert or other types of snacks.

Right? Get the good stuff in first; break out the goodies later.

Fruits and vegetables are naturally high in antioxidants, fibre, naturally-occurring sugars and starches, and contribute to good health and better eating habits as your child grows up.

Get it in!

Pre-packaged, processed ‘convenience’ foods.

This kind of ties into that last point, but as convenient as they are, we all need to have a realistic view about these types of foods: they are not healthy. Most foods that come from a bag or box have been heavily processed and therefore have lost many of their original nutrients. Honesty, these dead foods make us constipated–there are no enzymes, and no real health benefit to eating them, aside from calorie intake (which can also backfire).

These foods need to be offered after your child has consumed an adequate amount of healthy, living fresh foods, first.

Ignoring the natural impulse to go to the bathroom.

Almost every child  is guilty of doing this every once in a while, but some kids do this regularly. The reason may be that perhaps they feel uncomfortable going at their school, or all public bathrooms for that matter. When they do this at home, they might be unwilling to stop playing to go to the bathroom.

Whatever the reason may be, we need to teach our children that having bowel movements is healthy, natural, and will keep their tummies feeling good. No child should ignore the urge to go to the bathroom—it’s unhealthy, and will result in constipation.

fibre

Inadequate fibre intake.

This last point is relevant for everyone, not just kids. The daily recommended amount of fibre for adults is 34 grams a day, yet we typically only consume 11.

And kids are worse!

Fibre helps to sweep the colon clean, induce bowel movements, lower blood sugar, and maintain good, overall digestive health. Foods that are high in fibre include fruit, vegetables, oats, beans, sweet potatoes, and legumes. If your child doesn’t eat enough fibre in a day, you can try adding some NutraCleanse™ to her smoothie or oatmeal, because it’s super high in flax seed (which is chalk full of fibre). To find out how, click HERE.

Stay healthy!

NutraCleanse Has New Recipes!

Friends! Have you checked out our recipe page lately? After countless requests for updated recipes, we discovered some amazing fall recipes to share you with you.

Check them out:

home-cooked pancakes with apple jam

#1: Falling for Oat Apple Pancakes

(Adapted from recipe in Baby Nosh)

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

¼ cup NutraCleanse

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

Pinch sea salt

1 red apple, peeled, cored, and sliced into thin wedges

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients except apples, and stir together until the oats thicken up slightly and everything is well combined.
  2. Grease cast iron pan with coconut oil, and ladle batter onto pan in medium-sized pancakes.
  3. As soon as batter is poured, top with sliced apple.
  4. Flip and continue to cook until golden on both sides.
  5. Serve immediately, allowing to cool slightly before cutting and offering to your little one.

Homemade Autumn Pumpkin Muffin

#2: Sweet Potato Muffins

(Adapted from recipe by Rachel Ray…we also have a favourite version of these muffins from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good.)

Ingredients

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

½ cup NutraCleanse™

1 tbsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. cinnamon

2 large, free-range eggs

1 cup milk or unsweetened soy milk

2/3 cup brown sugar

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed

1 tsp. vanilla

Method

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 400°F.
  2. Grease a standard 12-muffin pan with coconut oil, or line with paper liners.
  3. Mix everything together until just combined, taking care to not overmix.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a fork inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Muffins should have a spring to them when you touch the center.)
  5. Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.

Pumpkin Smoothie milkshake

#3: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

(Adapted from recipe by PopSugar Fitness)

Ingredients

½ cup pure pumpkin (canned or freshly cooked)

½ frozen banana

¾ cup vanilla soy milk

¼ cup NutraCleanse ™

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Pinch of ground ginger

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!

5 Ways to Stay Healthy Throughout the Holidays

Once November rolls around, it’s kind of a given that we all begin to let loose where food and alcohol is concerned. But why? To make our January harder? To increase our chances of contracting viruses and flus by shattering our immune system? To follow the masses into the popular (but silly), unhealthy winter eating pattern?

No! Stop it.

By setting yourself up for a healthy November and December, you get ahead of the game by being fit when January rolls around, and everybody else is panicking at the gym. So why not?

Here are 5 ways to set yourself up for success through the holidays, when it comes to health and happiness:

Begin an exercise regime early.

Starting the first week of November, set a schedule for yourself to fit in exercise. Try and move your body for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week. If you can do more, then great. If not, no worries. The consistency of this plan is more important than the length and even quality of your workout.

Just get off your butt, and move.

Limit your drinking to weekends—and don’t binge!

Although tempted by eggnog in grocery stores and the general pass we receive to drink more booze in general, don’t do it. Reserve your alcohol consumption for parties—typically on weekends—and when you do drink, try and balance it out with equal amounts of water.

Also. keep in mind that sugary drinks will contain more calories and almost guarantee hangovers. Try and stick to clear spirits and mix with water and/or club soda.

Start your day off with a smoothie made with NutraCleanse™.

This is important, because you guarantee yourself a healthy start to each day. By incorporating our product into your fruit-heavy smoothie (full of antioxidants!), you also help clean your bowel out and can lose weight by doing this!

All that extra fiber from the NutraCleanse™ mix (mainly the flax seed) will also help to lower your blood sugar. It’s a win-win! For tasty smoothie recipes, click HERE.

Drink lots of water and herbal teas throughout the week.

It’s a great idea to try and stay as hydrated as possible through the holidays. Why?

  • Water helps to balance out any dehydrating activities you many partake in. (Ahem.)
  • Water assists your body in staving off viruses by lubricating the inside of your nose, eyes, and throat.
  • Water aids in general weight loss.

Make sure your diet is veggie-heavy.

Consuming tons of vegetables throughout the holidays is imperative to assisting in fighting cold-and-flu season illnesses, they assist in weight loss, they provide antioxidants that help with cellular repair, and they lend energy for days that are dark and gloomy.

Essentially, vegetables are like therapy for your whole body, from the inside-out. For a great vegetarian recipe book suggestion, click HERE.

So get inspired to stay healthy through the holidays, and refer back to this blog post any time you forget how. Good luck, and Happy November!