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The Greatest Wealth is Health

“The greatest wealth is health.”–Virgil

As we approach a new year, many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions to make that are both realistic and achievable. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to make changes and set goals for the year ahead.

Maybe you’re planning on booking a trip, taking up a new hobby or simply spending more time with loved ones. These are most certainly achievable and realistic, but one key component is required in order to do these—good health. At the end of the day, no matter what our resolutions are, you’re not going to get much accomplished if you are not generally healthy.

Bad habits can be hard to break, and beginning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is certainly not a one-step process that will happen overnight. Each of us will have unique set of needs for achieving overall good health which may include physical activity, diet changes, and mental well-being.

Regardless of your age, gender, or physical ability, the commitment and change of mindset for living a healthier lifestyle, we can promise you, you won’t regret it. After all, the greatest wealth is health, and here are 3 valuable reasons why:

Weight Control

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According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, almost 60% of Canadians are overweight. By achieving a proper weight level, an overweight person will significantly reduce their risk of serious life threatening diseases and improve their general strength, flexibility and energy level and state of mind.

Two very important lifestyle changes must happen to achieve weight loss goals:

Diet: Cutting out those bad eating habits and switching to a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important steps to promoting good health. Plan ahead when making your grocery lists. Choose plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products (NutraCleanse™ is a good one), lower-fat dairy products or alternatives, lean meats, fish, beans and nuts.

Exercise: Being active to achieve and maintain a healthy weight doesn’t mean you need to commit to hours and hours each week going to a gym. By simply heading outside to go for a walk every day for a minimum 30 minutes will make a huge difference.

Other activities may include, swimming, yoga, riding a bike or paddle boarding. There is something for everyone when it comes to physical activity so no matter what it is, stick to it and those extra pounds will begin to shed off in no time.

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction for the New Year

Overall good health includes mental well being and managing stress. Reducing stress decreases your chance of depression, anxiety, heart disease or even cancer. It’s important to identify your triggers and take action to avoid them and learn methods to cope with them. A healthy lifestyle will naturally decrease your stress levels.

Other ways of reducing stress include doing things that make you happy. Express yourself in writing or painting, walk the dog, do some volunteer work or relax on a beach. Find ways that make you feel relaxed and stress-free.

Disease Elimination

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Living a lifestyle that is conducive to good health, fitness, and mental well-being is beneficial in many ways, including reducing the risk of developing serious diseases, diabetes or cancer.

In addition, a healthy lifestyle also promotes lower blood pressure, reduces the likelihood of injuries and falls, and improves overall mental well-being. The length of a person’s life can be significantly extended when following a healthy lifestyle and there is truly nothing of greater value.

As you reflect on the year past and look forward to 2017, consider your health as your greatest wealth. We can help you achieve or maintain good health with NutraCleanse™, our natural food product based on a 150-year-old Finnish recipe that you can trust.

Learn where you can pick up our product and get started by visiting our website at https://www.nutracleanse.biz/. Happy New Year from all of us at NutraCleanse™!

 

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.

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.

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