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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

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)

pure water

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

Walking and running

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.

fibre

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™ 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

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

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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.

3 Easy Back-to-School Breakfasts Using NutraCleanse™

If you’re not back in the swing of back-to-school yet, don’t fret. We all know how hard it can be to fit in a nutritious breakfast when you’re running out the door. Try one of these easy recipes using NutraCleanse™ to start your day off right! Because it’s high in fibre, NutraCleanse™ is ideal to keep you feeling satisfied until lunch time rolls around. Plus, it’s packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are perfect for boosting brain power.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Banana oatmeal smoothie

Adapted from My Recipe Peanut Butter Banana and Flax Smoothie

For a breakfast on-the-go, nothing could be easier than a smoothie. Simply pour into a to-go cup, and sip on the way. If you know you’ll be super crunched for time, make sure you prep your ingredients the night before. This satisfying smoothie is made with peanut butter and NutraCleanse™ for the perfect combination of protein, fibre, and healthy fats.

Ingredients

½ cup almond milk

½ cup Greek yogurt

1/3 cup NutraCleanse™

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)

Directions

Place ingredients in blender, blending until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more almond milk until it reaches the right consistency.

Vanilla Almond Overnight Oats

Adapted from Popsugar Overnight Oats Recipe

If you love the energy-boosting power of oats but don’t have enough time to cook oatmeal in the morning, overnight oats are a great option. Simply prep the ingredients the night before, and you’ll wake up to ready-to-eat oats!

Ingredients

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup almond milk

1/3 cup NutraCleanse™

1 tablespoon chopped almond

½ tablespoon sweetener of choice

1 tsp vanilla extract.

Directions

Mix ingredients together in a container (a mason jar works great). Cover, and stick in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, top with fresh berries and extra chopped almonds.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple muffins

Adapted from Vega Apple Streusel Muffins

This muffin is much healthier than one you would find at a coffee shop! Take advantage of apple season with this recipe that is loaded with fibre. Make these on the weekend, and you’ll be ready to go all week long.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking soda

¾ cup coconut sugar

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 cup NutraCleanse™

1 cup almond milk

1/3 cup apple sauce

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 cups diced apples

Chopped nuts for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare muffin tins.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients.
  3. Slowly incorporate wet ingredients into dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
  4. Stir in chopped apples.
  5. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins, and sprinkle chopped nuts on top.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool.