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4 Reasons to Start Using NutraCleanse™ in the New Year

January is a month of resolutions, and everyone’s making them. If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier, then NutraCleanse™ can help. Here are 4 reasons to make NutraCleanse™ part of your healthy living resolution in 2018:

Post-Holiday Detox

Let’s face it: after weeks on end of sugar, booze, and general overeating, we need some help to get our bodies back to normal in the new year. NutraCleanse™ helps, because its primary ingredient (flax seed) acts as a mild laxative—it literally gathers up waste and forces it to exit (in a nice, predictable, gentle way).

When your digestive tract is clogged up, the best thing to do is to, well…unclog it. And that’s where NutraCleanse™ comes in. Our product is composed primarily of fiber (a point we’ll touch on further down this blog post), and fiber works wonders for eliminating waste. Which brings us to:

Lose Weight

NutraCleanse™ aids in weight loss, because again, the ingredients the product is comprised of are known for encouraging the removal of anything extra that may be lurking in your intestine and colon.

Most people carry an extra 5-15 pounds of waste in their colons! Get it out by mixing 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ per day into your smoothies, oatmeal, or fruit juice.

Let the new year find you feeling happier and healthier!

Improve Your Eating Habits

If you’re hoping to adopt better eating habits in the new year, then start with NutraCleanse™. NutraCleanse™ is designed to add fiber to your diet in a tasty way. You can do this by mixing NutraCleanse™ with healthy foods for combined effect of enhanced health and wellness.

When you become mindful about what you eat, you automatically take in more nourishment and less empty calories.

Get More Fiber

We all hear about how we should consume more fiber, but why? Fiber helps us in several ways, including these:

  • aids in the relief of constipation, and increases bowel health
  • slows the absorption of sugar into our bloodstream, thereby lowering blood sugar levels
  • full of healthy omega fatty acids, which are essential for good health

By consuming more fiber (and in this case, flax seed), you increase your health in several ways, so consider making NutraCleanse™ a part of this New Year’s resolution—it’s simple, effective, and is sure to contribute to your better health, one scoop at a time.

Here’s to 2018. Happy Holidays from the NutraCleanse™ team! To find a NutraCleanse™ retailer near you, see HERE.

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.

High Fiber Foods for Cleansing

A cleanse doesn’t have to be complicated; in fact, some of the best ways to cleanse your body are the most simple and effective. For example, if you use high fiber foods for cleansing, you can obtain great results while keeping it real and whole.

So let’s focus on that. What are some high fiber foods that you can use to clean out your bowels? Here are 10:

  1. Cauliflower: This is one of the best when it comes to high fiber foods for cleansing. Cauliflower is teeming with fiber, and can be used in so many delicious ways. (Cauliflower steaks, smashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, etc.)
  2. Beans: Unanimously known for being fiber powerhouses, beans and legumes are chalk full of incredible, useful fiber (especially chickpeas).
  3. Artichokes: So full of fiber that your plumber will tell you to never garborate artichoke pieces (they get very stuck—and this is from personal experience!), a medium-sized artichoke provides over 10 grams of fiber! That’s amazing.
  4. Apples: 1 apple (with skin) contains almost 5 grams of fiber. We guess experts weren’t kidding when they told us that an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
  5. Quinoa: Technically a seed, this superfood is labelled as such for a reason. Providing more fiber than other “grains,” this versatile food (uncooked) contains about 17-27 grams of fiber per one cup! Once cooked, it contains only about 5 grams of fiber per cup, due to the water it absorbs. But there are tons of great recipes out there for raw quinoa, so keep your eyes peeled! (Hint: roll raw quinoa, peanut butter and oats into balls, refrigerate overnight, and eat the next day.)
  6. Sprouted Whole Grains: The secret here is to keep the grains sprouted and whole. During processing, most (if not all) of the fiber is removed, so by keeping grains as pure and unprocessed as possible, you reap the most rewards.
  7. Watermelon: This tasty summer snack contains huge amounts of the ultimate cleanse team: water and fiber. Don’t let the sweetness fool you—watermelon is no joke. It’s amazing for your body, and a great addition to any cleanse.
  8. Berries: More than an antioxidant powerhouse, The Mayo Clinic published that just 1 cup of mixed berries contains around 8 grams of fiber. That’s easy fiber for great cleansing!
  9. Dried Fruit: About ¼ cup of raisins or figs have about 2 grams of fiber. However, you don’t want to make this snack your regular fibre source—dried fruit is very high in sugar. (Naturally-occurring sugar, but sugar nonetheless.)
  10. NutraCleanse™: Yep—our product is made of primarily flax seed, which is the ultimate fiber superhero. In addition to flax, NutraCleanse™ also contains psyllium husk, which is also a great cleanse ingredient. By adding NutraCleanse™ to your existing diet, you can turn almost all of your favourite foods into high fiber foods for cleansing.

For details on how to purchase NutraCleanse™ and easily increase your daily fiber intake, visit our website at www.nutracleanse.biz.

Kick-Start Your Day with a NutraCleanse™ Breakfast!

Morning Solutions

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and NutraCleanse™ is the nutritious solution to your morning hustle. It gives you the extra pump of energy and vitality that you need to flawlessly carry and project your best self throughout your entire day!

Giving your mind and body nutritious and fulfilling ingredients should be an easy and fun part of your family’s routine for mental and physical well-being. The day can get jam-packed with navigating through various tasks and projects at work, hidden stressors, kid’s schedules, and extracurricular activities.

Having the right amount of energy physically and mentally are crucial to having a successful day. Who wants to feel the need to pull their hair out mid-day or experience that familiar depletion of energy?!

Not you.

Breakfast Ideas

Whether your family agrees on the same morning boost or not, NutraCleanse™ is a family-friendly option that you can get creative with. You can easily add a scoop to your morning smoothies, cereals, yogurt, pancakes, oatmeal, and reap the benefits of 100% all-natural food.

Benefits of Fiber

NutraCleanse™ provides the highest form of fiber, which helps slow down the rate in which sugar is absorbed by your body. This way, you stay full longer. You also keep your colon clean by clearing out bacteria and preventing constipation by allowing your bowels to move regularly.

The perks of high-fiber NutraCleanse™ in your breakfast will help you stay full and satisfied for a longer period of time, and avoid having to reach for starchy foods and drinks that are packed with fillers and contain no benefits in the moment or long term.

Effective Ingredients

The combination of flax seed, psyllium husk, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder gives your mind and body essential ingredients so that your family can have fun and indulge on being healthy together any time of the day without crashing.

Find a retailer near you, or purchase NutraCleanse™ directly from our website HERE.

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.

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.

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.

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!

What’s the Deal with Fiber?

The topic of fiber is everywhere, from cereal commercials promising extra helpings of psyllium, to doctors advising we eat more of it during annual check-ups. It sounds like a good thing, but WHY?

Fiber is a really big deal when it comes to digestive health. Think of it as a broom for your intestinal tract: fiber saves the day by sweeping clean your colon, which is imperative for a healthy bowel. Since overall health really begins in this area of the body, it’s incredibly important that we keep it clean and working well.

So, how do you get more of this amazing fiber into your diet?

Fruit and Vegetables

Asparagus

Fruit and veggies are a great source of both soluble (the meat of the plant) and insoluble (the peels) fiber. They help create healthy bowel movements, and give your body a massive injection of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Corn, because you can’t break it down to digest it very well, is actually a great source of insoluble fiber—it stays intact, but sweeps everything out of the body with it.

Whole Grains

Wheat Bran Flakes Cereal Breakfast With Rolled Oats

Grains like sprouted buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats are fantastic sources of soluble fiber. They also lower cholesterol. There’s a huge difference between unprocessed or less-processed grains, and very processed grains. Always buy sprouted and brown varieties, because they retain the most fiber. When grains have been heavily processed (like white bread and rice), most of the original nutrients, including the fiber, have been stripped away. For example, whole grain wraps have 5 grams of fiber, while white or coloured ones have only 1 gram.

An interesting side note: dairy and meat contain zero fiber.

Fiber Foods

NutraCleanseTM

This is where it gets tricky: there are a lot of commercial products out there that are marketed to consumers as being equal, but all supplements are definitely not created equal. Some are really processed, and therefore have half the fiber they should have.

Because NutraCleanseTM contains minimal, raw, relatively unprocessed ingredients like ground flax seed, it works wonders for the digestive tract. Teeming with high-fiber ingredients that are medicinally helpful and supportive to the body, it really packs a massive punch when it comes to supplementing your digestive tract with the nutrients it needs. One third of a cup of this bad boy contains 14 grams of fiber—now that’s amazing.

To find out where NutraCleanseTM is sold near YOU, visit our map of retailers HERE.

Sweet + Simple: NutraCleanse™ Ingredients

Added to smoothies or baked goods, NutraCleanse™ is a dietary supplement that is packed with fiber and excellent for digestive health. But a supplement is only as good as its ingredients. Luckily, NutraCleanse™ is full of nutritious ingredients, and we’re all about transparency–you should know what you’re putting into your body, and we want you to know that with our product, it’s only the good stuff.

Let’s take a look at what exactly is in each scoop!

flax

Flax Seed

NutraCleanse™ is made with ground flax; by grinding this tiny seed, it is easier for your body to digest and absorb all those nutrients. In addition to fiber and protein, flax seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart and brain health. Also packed into that little seed are lignans, a type of phytonutrient that helps lower cancer risk. Flax seed is also ideal because it contains a mix of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which keeps your digestive system running smoothly, lowers cholesterol, and helps keep you fuller longer. Furthermore, some studies have shown consuming flax to be helpful with hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

psyl

Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk is a common fiber supplement, making it a great ingredient to up that fiber intake. This increased fiber helps with digestive health and is also helpful in lowering cholesterol to help maintain a healthy heart and prevent heart disease. While some forms of fiber can cause digestive issues if too much is introduced at once, psyllium husk is a bit gentler and has been shown to help with digestive issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

dandelion

Dandelion Root Powder

Though it’s been used for thousands of years, dandelion root is a relatively new health food in North America. It’s great for detoxifying the kidney and liver, improves digestion, and is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. But, the nutrients don’t stop there! Dandelion root is also high in vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as the minerals zinc, iron and potassium. Due to this vitamin and mineral content, dandelion is sometimes suggestion for treating anemia as well as mood disorders like depression.

burdock root

Burdock Root Powder

Burdock root comes from burdock, a popular vegetable in Asia. Burdock root has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years for supporting lung and stomach health. It’s also great for the skin and hair, helping to ease conditions like eczema, acne, and dandruff. Burdock root is rich in antioxidants—containing even more than most fruits and vegetables—and has been shown to be helpful with detoxifying the blood and liver. Burdock root is also high in vitamin B6, a frequently suggested nutrient for tackling PMS symptoms.

fenugreek seed

Fenugreek Seed Powder

Fenugreek seed is another ingredient found in NutraCleanse™ that’s amazing for your digestion. It’s actually been shown to help slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, which means that sugar is released into your blood stream more slowly for sustained energy. Because of this, it’s a great supplement for those who are pre-diabetic or diabetic. Rich in fiber, fenugreek helps all aspects of your digestion, treating indigestion, constipation, and acid reflux.