Posts

Do Low-Fibre Diets Cause Constipation?

Low-Fiber Foods and Constipation

Constipation caused by low-fiber foods is something that affects more than 100 million North Americans. It puts a major damper on all aspects of our everyday lives, from weight gain to fatigue to serious disease. Increasing our daily fiber intake is the key to combating constipation. We can do this by swapping foods we currently consume that contain low amount of nutrients (chips, pop, candy, confections, dairy, etc.) for foods that are very fiber-rich, including fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, flax and chia seeds, and Omega 3 NutraCleanse™.

The Key to Overcoming Chronic Constipation

Think of fiber as a broom, and its job is to sweep clean your intestinal tract (especially your colon). If you don’t get enough fiber (or enough water to assist the fiber), your intestinal tract will never be clean. This leads to a build-up of not only old food and waste, but also of unhealthy bacteria.

When you introduce high-fiber foods to your diet, you clean your body from the inside out, and allow friendly bacteria to grow and eventually be able to combat the ill effects of the built-up harmful bacteria in your gut, such as E. coli.

Here are two quick reference lists for you that show which foods are low-fiber foods, and which ones are high-fiber foods:

Low-Fiber Foods

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Fast foods
  • Commercial baking
  • Candy
  • Soda and juice

High-Fiber Foods

  • Vegetables (beets, carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, artichokes)
  • Fruit (oranges, watermelon, apples, pears, figs, dates, prunes)
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Whole, sprouted grains (quinoa, steel-cut oats, etc.)
  • Flax and chia seeds
  • Omega 3 NutraCleanse™

Omega 3 NutraCleanse™ is a great way to incorporate more fiber into your diet, because you can simply add 1/3 cup to any smoothie, soup, stew, oatmeal, or anything else you like. You don’t have to suffer from chronic constipation!

To find a Omega 3 NutraCleanse™ retailer near you, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz/canada.

The Relationship Between Low-Fiber Foods and Constipation

Low-Fiber Foods and Constipation

Constipation caused by low-fiber foods is something that affects more than 100 million North Americans. It puts a major damper on all aspects of our everyday lives, from weight gain to fatigue to serious disease. Increasing our daily fiber intake is the key to combating constipation. We can do this by swapping foods we currently consume that contain low amount of nutrients (chips, pop, candy, confections, dairy, etc.) for foods that are very fiber-rich, including fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, flax and chia seeds, and NutraCleanse™.

The Key to Overcoming Chronic Constipation

Think of fiber as a broom, and its job is to sweep clean your intestinal tract (especially your colon). If you don’t get enough fiber (or enough water to assist the fiber), your intestinal tract will never be clean. This leads to a build-up of not only old food and waste, but also of unhealthy bacteria.

When you introduce high-fiber foods to your diet, you clean your body from the inside out, and allow friendly bacteria to grow and eventually be able to combat the ill effects of the built-up harmful bacteria in your gut, such as E. coli.

Here are two quick reference lists for you that show which foods are low-fiber foods, and which ones are high-fiber foods:

Low-Fiber Foods

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Fast foods
  • Commercial baking
  • Candy
  • Soda and juice

High-Fiber Foods

  • Vegetables (beets, carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, artichokes)
  • Fruit (oranges, watermelon, apples, pears, figs, dates, prunes)
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Whole, sprouted grains (quinoa, steel-cut oats, etc.)
  • Flax and chia seeds
  • NutraCleanse™

NutraCleanse™ is a great way to incorporate more fiber into your diet, because you can simply add 1/3 cup to any smoothie, soup, stew, oatmeal, or anything else you like. To find a NutraCleanse™ retailer near you, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz/canada.

The Difference between Soluble and Insoluble Fibre

Let’s face it: your body needs a variety of nutrients, fats, oils, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre and nutrients. The type of food we put into our body impacts the way we feel, and most importantly, the way it functions. Fibre is a key player in our health. It helps to promote not only gut health, but is also a factor in reducing the risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases.

Fibre comes from plant-based foods and pushes through the digestive system, helping to absorb water and regulate your bowel moments. There are two types of fibre that play a role in our digestive health: soluble and insoluble—and both play an important role in cleaning your digestive tract from the inside out.

Soluble Fibre

Soluble fibre attracts water and transforms it into a gel-like lining during the digestion process. It binds with fatty acids and prolongs the stomach-emptying stage that helps you stay full longer, slowing down the digestion process.

NutraCleanse™ is great to incorporate into your daily diet, because it’s incredibly high in this very important nutrient. The psyllium in NutraCleanse™ helps soak up the water in your gut, and improves the regularity of your bowels. It also can be helpful when constipated, as it softens your stool, and it helps to lower your risk of heart disease.

Soluble fibre can also be found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seed, legumes, and beans. Adding a scoop of NutraCleanse™ to any of these foods when cooking gives you an extra boost of benefits.

Insoluble Fibre

The other type of fiber is insoluble, which helps food pass quickly through your intestines by adding more bulk. It also controls the pH level in your body. Insoluble fibre can be found in a variety of foods, such as wheat bran, whole grains, vegetables, soy, fruits.

It‘s important to have a balance of both types of fibre in your diet to promote regularity and reap the rewards of the other health benefits discussed above.

You can find fibre-rich NutraCleanse™ at any one of our local retailers, or order online HERE. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for recipe ideas and more info.

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

Is Dandelion Root Anti-Cancer?

We know that the ingredients we put into NutraCleanse™ is good stuff, but as it turns out, it’s really good stuff. Composed of flax seed, burdock root powder, fenugreek seed powder, psyllium husk, and dandelion root powder, our product has been praised by many for being comprised of ingredients that treat a variety of ailments, such as constipation and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Now, it looks like one of the ingredients might be a cancer-killer.

The Research

Dr. Siyaram Pandey is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Windsor, and in February 2015, CBC News reported that he was the principle research investigator in a clinical study that observed whether dandelion extract could kill such cancers as leukemia and lymphoma in humans.[i]

According to researchers at the Winsor Regional Cancer Centre, tests “showed that dandelion tea, containing dandelion root extract, killed cancer cells in a lab.”[ii]

The idea for this study was born years earlier, when, in Windsor, a terminally ill leukemia patient began to treat herself with dandelion root and had incredible success. Global News reported in 2012 that the patient was 3 years in remission and on a “steady diet of dandelion tea.”[iii]

The Suggestion

We’re not saying our product kills cancer, but we are saying that the ingredients that our product is created with are stellar for good health and overall maintenance. While other products may have a list of 40 ingredients, our product has only 5, including dandelion root.

Unwanted weed? Not anymore.

The References:

[i] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/30-patients-to-test-dandelion-s-cancer-killing-potential-1.2959815

[ii] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/30-patients-to-test-dandelion-s-cancer-killing-potential-1.2959815

[iii] http://globalnews.ca/news/212574/can-dandelions-kill-cancer/

5 Natural Ways to Combat Constipation

Being constipated isn’t fun. In fact, chronic constipation can create some pretty major health problems, including (but not limited to) depression, diverticular disease, and can even contribute to colon cancer. Just as chronic stress has recently been found to be heavily correlated with disease, so has chronic constipation. (Just to be clear, “chronic” refers to ongoing conditions, not those that occur just once or twice.)

While there are many over-the-counter remedies that tout their helpfulness in helping one overcome constipation, it’s actually much better too try and relieve the condition naturally. This means consuming whole foods, exercising, and adopting lifestyle habits that are conducive to a healthy bowel.

Here are 5 ways to combat constipation naturally:

Drink Up

pure water

Drinking at least 6 cups (or 48 ounces) of water daily can greatly help promote healthier bowel movements. Without enough fluid, stool simply cannot be passed easily. Bowel movements should be quick and effortless, and if this isn’t the case for you, then you should drink more water.

Walk Baby, Walk

Walking and running

Incorporating walking into your daily routine is a great way to get your bowels moving. Different than weight lifting or attending spin class, walking works most of the muscles in your abdomen and the slow and steady movement induces a full-body stimulation.

Eat Your Veggies

Freshly Picked Carrots

Your mom wasn’t joking—fruit and veggies are essential to good health, and to keeping a happy tummy. The fiber that these foods naturally possess helps to give stool shape and bulk, and promotes daily expulsion of waste. Aside from the fiber, fruit and vegetables are also chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Eat Smart

Eat Smart

Becoming aware of how many foods you consume each day that may contribute to a slow and sluggish bowel, is key. Foods like heavy breads, pasta, dairy, and sugar can really throw your digestive tract of track. By making better choices, we can make an enormous difference in our bowel health.

Increase Your Fibre with NutraCleanseTM

nutra

Incorporating NutraCleanseTM into your diet may take your bowel health to another level. It ensures you receive adequate amounts of fiber (the main benefit of flax seed, which our product is primarily composed of), and gently promotes overall digestive health.

Cheers to a happy healthy gut and please take care!