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Ways to Keep Healthy During the Holiday Season

Once November rolls around, we all kind of begin to let loose where food and beverages are concerned. But why? To make our January harder? To increase our chances of contracting viruses and the flu by shattering our immune system? To follow the masses into the popular (but silly), unhealthy winter eating pattern?

Don’t do it!

By setting yourself up for a healthy November and December, you’ll automatically be ahead of the game by being fit when January rolls around, and everybody else is panicking at the gym. Win-win!

Here are a few ways to set yourself up for success through the holiday season, when it comes to health and happiness:

Create and Start an Exercise Plan NOW

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, that’s alright. The consistency of this plan is more important than the length and even quality of your workout.

Just get off your butt, and move.

Keep an Eye on Your Alcohol Intake

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.

Try really hard not to binge!

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.

Make Smoothies with NutraCleanse™ for Breakfast

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 keep your bowel clean and lose weight by doing this!

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

More Water and Herbal Tea; Less Everything Else

It’s a great idea to try and stay as hydrated as possible throughout the holiday season. 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.

So ditch the sodas and juices and stick to what you know your body really craves–water.

Eat Your Veg

Consuming tons of vegetables throughout the holiday season 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.

To help kick-start the holiday season in a healthy way, find NutraCleanse™ in a retail store near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

Good luck, and Happy November!

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™!

 

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!

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

Street Yoga

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.

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

pure water

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

Runner athlete running on stairs. listening to music in headphones from smart phone mp3 player woman fitness jogging workout wellness concept.

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.