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

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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.

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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:

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#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!

9 Common Signs of Being Gluten-Intolerant

Gluten-free’ has become a very familiar term these days, and can be found lingering on restaurant menus, processed food labels, and on the lips of anyone even remotely health savvy.

So what’s the big deal about gluten?

In the past 20 years or so, we’ve discovered that there is a huge percentage of the population that is intolerant to gluten. Not to be confused with the inability to process this protein (Celiac disease is a diagnosed condition, in which the proteins in wheat and barley can create major damage to the body), an intolerance is much more common, and basically means your body is better off without. (It might not kill you, but your body would be a happier one if it didn’t have to try and process it regularly.)

So, what are some signs and symptoms of a gluten intolerance? Here are 9:

  1. You experience chronic digestive issues, especially after eating something that contains it.
  2. You commonly feel dizzy or have trouble keeping your balance.
  3. Your skin displays signs of Keratosis Pilaris—tiny red bumps that appear on the backs of your arms and other places.
  4. You feel very tired and foggy after eating something that contains gluten (think Turkey hangover, but with gluten).
  5. You have unexplained infertility and/or display signs of hormone imbalances, such as intense PMS or adrenal fatigue.
  6. You get chronic migraine headaches.
  7. You’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
  8. Your mood swings are intense, and frequent.
  9. You have chronic joint pain and inflammation, fibromyalgia, and/or arthritis.

And this list of 9 is not exhaustive. In fact, more than 50 diseases and disorders have been linked to gluten. If you think you may be intolerant or might have Celiac disease, we strongly suggest you visit your family doctor or a naturopath.

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The upside? NutraCleanse™ does not use any ingredients that contain gluten (but we are not officially gluten-free certified), and there are many other great food stuffs available to the general public that are also safe to eat if you’re avoiding it. If you’re interested in incorporating NutraCleanse™ in your diet, click HERE for a list of local vendors. Also, HERE is a guide to eating without gluten.

Take care!

10 Simple Steps to Living a Healthier Life

We all want to be healthy (all of us), but whether we’re successful or not depends on a variety of factors. Here’s the good news: although genetics and environmental components play a massive part in your health outcome, they don’t define exactly what makes us healthy. We have a much larger grasp on our own health than many of us think we do, and your conscious, everyday decisions are the number one predictor of your health.

So, what can you do to increase your odds of living happily and healthfully until you’re in your nineties? Try these suggestions:

Eat Real Food

Real Food

‘Real food’ is food that contributes to growth and repair of your body. It is fuel from Mother Nature that is designed to keep us alive and healthy.

Foods that do not fall into this category, include heavily processed foods, additives, preservatives, anything with excessive fat or sugar, etc. Basically, if you don’t understand an ingredient listed on the label, it’s probably not good for you.

Foods that are ‘real’ include veggies, fruit, lean and unprocessed meats (with no hormones or antibiotics), water, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole grains. These foods all contribute to a healthy body and mind.

Eat them.

Drink Plenty of Water

This is so, so important. Your body is made up of mostly water. Without daily replenishment from what we’ve lost through perspiration, urination, and moving our bowels, we can suffer major health consequences.

Examples include constipation, fogginess, severely dry skin, fatigue, and more.

Cook with Herbs and Spices

Why? Because herbs and spices are Mother Nature’s natural remedies. They each contain a completely separate set of health benefits, and when you use them in your cooking, you reap the rewards!

For example, turmeric, a spice traditionally used in Indian cooking, has been proven to shrink tumors. And peppermint? It helps calm your digestive system and reduce inflammation in your body.

Drink Green Tea

Green Tea

Green tea is special, because it contains powerful antioxidants, which can help to decimate free radical damage in your body on a cellular level.

What does this mean for you?

It means that when cancer cells begin to form in your body, the antioxidants from green tea form a protective army against those cells, and quickly work to prevent further damage.

Antioxidants can be found primarily in fruit and vegetables, which is why they are in tea leaves. Anything that grows in the sun and needs to protect itself from the sun’s harmful rays will contain antioxidants. (But green tea? It’s super high in them.)

Incorporate NutraCleanse™ into Your Daily Diet

In other words, we need a lot of fibre—like, 34 grams a day. What do most of us get? Around 11.

That’s crazy!

NutraCleanse™ helps us increase our fibre, and cleans out our bowels, naturally. This is SO important from a health perspective. A clogged bowel means major health issues, down the road.

To find out where this product is sold near you, click HERE.

Breathe Consciously

Although breathing in an unconscious activity, it really shouldn’t be 100% of the time. By being mindful and consciously slowing down your breath, you allow for better flow of oxygen, increased focus, and feelings of calmness and relaxation—something that we can all benefit from.

Be Thankful and Show Gratitude

This is actually important for mental health, which is as much a priority (if not more!) than physical health. By being thankful and showing your gratitude towards others on a daily basis, you remind yourself of your gifts and you become better equipped to handle stress.

True story.

Go Outside

We all tell our kids to go outside, but what about us? We need fresh air, too! Our bodies crave the Vitamin D that the sunshine provides us with, and the fresh air that clears the fog in our heads and our hearts. Our brains, skin, hair, nails—they all benefit almost immediately from being outdoors.

Better yet? Try earthing! This is the process of placing your bare feet directly on the ground. It can help align you with nature, and bring better perspective to your life.

Exercise on a Daily Basis

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Everyone knows this one, but what you might not know, is that it doesn’t have to be hard. Just walk for 15 minutes. Or stretch for 10. Or go swimming.

The point is, move your body. Don’t be stagnant. Our bodies were not designed to sit, and it’s not good for us when we do it a lot. (Seriously—check out the shape of your spine and hips—we’re meant to move upright and bend and be active. Not to sit.)

Make the Decision to Be Happy

This is important, because our perceptions of life become our reality. If you’re sad, your life will be sad. If you’re making a conscious effort to be happy, your life will be a happy one. The choice is yours—choose wisely.

NutraCleanse™ for Kids

44% of people who use NutraCleanse™ are between the ages of 25 and 44. That means that there are a lot of parents out there who love our product.

So why not give it to your kids, too?

Because NutraCleanse™ is made with whole ingredients, and is mainly comprised of flax seed, it’s a safe supplement to give to children.

Why

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

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.

Recipes

Here are 3 kid-friendly recipes using NutraCleanse™:

CREAM OF WHEAT (WHEATLETS) WITH NUTRACLEANSE™


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

LOW-FAT CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS

  • 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: Combine first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. In blender combine next 5 ingredients, blend on high for approx. 20 seconds. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and combine. Add dried cranberries, spoon into lightly sprayed muffin tray. 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


Add to blender:

  • 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

Put lid on blender and set speed to ‘high’ for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

10 Simple Ways to Improve Gut Health

We all suffer from digestive issues now and again, but what happens when we suffer from them more often than not? Having chromic digestive 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

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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

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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 the health of your digestive environment.

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

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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

Beets And Greens

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.

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.

High-Fiber Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Looking for a healthy, kid-friendly recipe that you can send to school with your kids? Look no further! 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 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!