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Prioritizing Wellness with NutraCleanse™

Wellness: isn’t is strange how we’re all ready and willing to pay top dollar for our favourite bottle of wine or the sports package on TV or a vacation, but we balk at the price of gym memberships and health food?

Investing in your own health is the best investment you can possibly make; if you’re unwell or your health is chronically compromised, everything else fades away.

So why do we find it so difficult to put our health on a pedestal and prioritize our own wellness? After all, we only get one chance to create the healthy lives we all want—why not do everything we can to tip the odds of that happy, healthy life in our favour?

Here are some ways to ensure a healthy body and mind:

DO these things:

  • Sleep: 7-8 hours per night.
  • Exercise: At least 30 minutes a day; 5 days a week.
  • Eat a plant-based diet: Incorporate lots of nutritious plant foods into your favourite meals!
  • Drink water: 8 cups a day, guys
  • Stretch: Everyday–motion is lotion.
  • Breathe mindfully: Try to be conscious about breath–especially if you’re feeling stressed out.
  • Practice what you enjoy: This is important.
  • Be grateful: Practicing gratitude every day leads to a happier life experience.
  • Say thank you: Because you should. Be thankful.

DON’T do these things:

  • Stress: Stress leads to inflammation, which is the cornerstone of disease.
  • Keep grudges: Because it’s not worth it. Be happy.
  • Forget what’s important: Remind yourself of what’s important to you every day.
  • Skimp on sleep: Sleep is necessary for cellular repair–it makes us look younger, feel good, and have more energy.
  • Eat empty calories: Why eat foods that do nothing to amplify your own wellness, when you can eat foods that your body craves?
  • Take your health for granted: Because we only get one body–take care of it.

It’s all about baby steps, right? One way to easily incorporate better health into your life, is to incorporate NutraCleanse™ into your diet. The ingredients in NutraCleanse™ have been shown to help lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, improve your digestive health, and increase your intake of important omega 3 fatty acids.

So try NutraCleanse™ today, and start investing in your health immediately. Your health matters—so improve it.

10 Foods That Help Fight Back-to-School Stress

If you or someone in your family suffers from back-to-school stress and anxiety, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s very common. And not just for students—many parents report feeling stressed out during this time of year, too.

For kids, back-to-school can be stress and anxiety provoking for several reasons, including the imminent social and academic pressures, changes in schedule, and new routines.

Kids won’t often vocalize these feelings of stress, but since our body (particularly our gut) is so in tune with our emotional wellbeing, stress often manifests itself into a tummy ache for kids.

So what can we eat to help calm our gut and mind at the same time? Here are 10 foods that are known to be stress-reducing:

Asparagus

Depression has long been linked to low levels of folic acid, and one food that boosts tons of this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus.

Blueberries

Just a handful of nutritional powerhouse blackberries pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and vitamin C, making them incredible stress-busters. When we’re stressed, our bodies need vitamin C and antioxidants to help repair and protect cells.

Avocado

Feelings of anxiety may be rooted in a B vitamin deficiency, since we need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells. Luckily, avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins. Also, they’re super high in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which help lower blood pressure.

Win-win!

Milk

Everyone knows that a glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested remedy for insomnia. That’s because milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, protein, and calcium. Milk can create a calming effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense.

Oranges

There’s a reason orange juice is said to be part of the breakfast of champions: Vitamin C is another vitamin known to lower blood pressure and cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamins B2 and E, which are both stress-reducing vitamins. These nutrients help bolster the immune system during times of anxiety and stress.

Salmon

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps keep cortisol and adrenaline from spiking when you’re feeling tense. Since salmon is one of the very best sources of omega-3s, it’s a great choice for a couple of back-to-school dinners.

Turkey

That sleepy feeling you get after eating Thanksgiving dinner is due to the amino acid tryptophan found in turkey. Tryptophan signals the brain to release the feel-good chemical serotonin, which promotes calmness and even tiredness. Try making turkey soup for dinner and then packing your child leftovers for lunch the next day.

Spinach

Leafy greens aren’t usually most people’s idea of comfort food, but spinach can have a major comforting effect. It’s packed with magnesium, the mineral that helps regulate cortisol levels and promote feelings of well-being.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another food that helps get the calm-inducing hormone serotonin flowing. Choose the big old-fashioned oats that require cooking instead of instant oatmeal.

Why?

Coarse oats are less processed and way higher in fiber, so they take longer to digest (meaning their calming effect lasts longer).

Consuming these foods on a regular basis for the first few weeks of back-to-school would be very helpful in keeping stress at bay. And since stress can often cause constipation (more blood flow to the brain equals less in the digestive system), we’re here to help with that, too.

NutraCleanse™

Just 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ once per day can help alleviate constipation, due to it’s main ingredient: ground flax seed. Since flax seed is super high in fibre, NutraCleanse™ works really well in aiding temporary digestive issues like constipation. To order online, visit nutracleanse.biz.

Happy back-to-school! Keep calm, and eat on.

 

4 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Healthy Food

It’s so common around this time of year for people to feel exceptionally sluggish and downright fatigued. It’s the middle of winter, where our sun exposure has been dismal and therefore unable to get that proper fix of vitamin D we require.

And life in general is just busy!

Most of us work too much while trying to juggle other commitments to keep up with our daily lives. Feeling tired all the time can cause unnecessary stress and compromise your overall health and immune system. But with mindful action, energy levels are something that you can control with healthy food!

Being mindful of your diet is an easy way to improve your energy levels and prevent illness. And we’re not just what you eat, but how much and when.

Here are 4 things to keep in mind when it comes to diet for increasing energy:

Eat Clean, Healthy Food

A healthy balanced diet is key to boosting your energy. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and beans every day. (The closer to nature, the better.). NutraCleanse™ is very high in fiber and has net 2 grams of digestible carbs per 30 gram serving (2 tablespoons). It’s also a source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, so is an excellent food product to help boost your energy!

Avoid overly processed foods, unhealthy fats and high sugars. Although you will feel a boost of energy after eating such foods, it won’t last long as these foods stimulate the production of serotonin—a brain chemical that makes you feel tired and sluggish.

Eat a Balanced Breakfast

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t limit your morning meal to only a piece of toast or a single smoothie. Start with a balanced breakfast to really rev your engines for the day, so go ahead and have both! High antioxidant fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein are an essential way to get going.

smoothies for energy

Eat Less, More Often

Portion control is very important to consider when it comes to ways to eat to boost your energy. Eat enough healthy food so that you are comfortably full but not stuffed! The brain has few energy reserves of its own, so by eating lighter and more frequently (every 2-3 hours), we keep it fueled. Nuts and fruit are a great snack in between meals.

Drink More Water

Be mindful that caffeine is a stimulant and will give you only a temporary energy boost, so you need to watch your coffee intake in the mornings to avoid that inevitable afternoon crash! You should also avoid caffeine late in the day, as you may have negative side effects when it comes to your nighttime sleep pattern.

The sedative effects of alcohol is also something to avoid if you want to increase your energy levels. Water, on the other hand, is essential for energy as it carries the nutrients to our cells which feed the brain. Fatigue is often linked to lack of fluids.

Good luck, and remember that NutraCleanse™ is made up from a unique formulation of natural, mostly organic ingredients, providing you with all kinds of goodness including energy and vitality! To find out where you can pick up our product and for recipes and ideas on healthy ways of eating to increase your energy, check out our website.

 

 

 

 

 

NutraCleanse™: What’s in a Brand?

There are many different companies who sell the same type of product. For example, you can purchase a brand-name item (like ketchup) and a generically-branded item (again, ketchup), and they are close to the same thing.

But although it costs a little more, most people still purchase the brand-name ketchup (Heinz–we’re talking to YOU). Why? Because it tastes better, and you trust the brand.

The same goes for NutraCleanse™. There are other products out there that are marketed as being exactly what our product is. But you know what?

They’re not the same.

NutraCleanse™ has a story; a 150-year Finnish history. Our product is pure and wholesome and has stood the test of time. We use only 5 natural ingredients, and we care about what our customers think. We go to great lengths to make sure our product is safe, effective, and marketed and branded properly.

Anyone can whip up a mixture of ground flaxseed, but our particular recipe is what makes NutraCleanse™ great—and our customers know that.

nutracleanse

When you purchase our product, please make sure it’s really us. Pay attention to how ‘NutraCleanse™’ is spelled, and look for the TM symbol. We want to ensure that our reputation stays intact as a fantastic food product, and doesn’t become tarnished by copycat makers and distributors. We want you to continue to use and enjoy NutraCleanse™ the way you have been for years, and we pride ourselves on creating a product that is unlike any other.

A superior product.

The next time you pick up a bag of NutraCleanse™, know that what you’re purchasing has a history of effectiveness and has contributed to improved health for over 150 years. Trust us—we want to be part of your wellness journey and know that you’re thriving in part because of our product.

We care about our customers.

Happy Holidays!

NutraCleanse™: Food or Natural Health Product?

With a product like NutraCleanse™, it’s easy to see why some may assume we’re classified as a natural health product. Our product is healthy, natural, wholesome, and its ingredients are extremely beneficial to our customers’ health.

However, there are some factors about our product that don’t meet the definition of what Canada considers a natural health product (NHP).

We’re a Gourmet Food Product, Not a Natural Health Product

Under the classification of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, NutraCleanse™ is defined as a food, not an NHP:

“The term “food” (definition) is defined in the Food and Drugs Act (FDA). Natural health products (definition), which are a subset of drugs, are defined and regulated under the Natural Health Products Regulations (NHPR). These definitions are central to determining the correct classification of a product (i.e. food or NHP) and consequently whether the food or NHP regulatory framework applies.” #1

 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is the governing body responsible for compliance and enforcement of regulations and requirements related to food, while Health Canada carries out this role for Natural Health Products.

Health Canada (Natural Health Products)

It is Health Canada’s responsibility to determine product classification, and Health Canada takes the following four factors into consideration when determining the classification of a product:

  • Product format
  • Product composition
  • Perception of history and use
  • Product representation

“NHPs that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada bear a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers are indications that the product is classified as a NHP and falls under Health Canada‘s responsibility.” NutraCleanse™ was determined not to need one of these numbers, and therefore consumers will not find one on our packaging.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Food)

The main difference between food and NHPs, is how they’re represented. If the label of a product claims to solve a health issue, then it’s considered a drug. Although NutraCleanse™ is extremely beneficial to many areas of health, such as being an excellent mild laxative, lowering blood sugar, and aiding in weight loss, we don’t make those claims on our packing, because our consumers know by looking at our product that it’s composed of mostly flax, and flax will help with the above afflictions.

It’s like kale: kale could come packaged with a health claim to add more fibre (therefore helping people with constipation), or be full of readily-absorbable antioxidants (thereby decreasing levels of free radicals and having an anti-cancer effect), but it doesn’t need to. People know it’s healthy, and its packaging (or lack-thereof) does not need to claim anything.

It’s the same with NutraCleanse™.  We don’t need a number, because it’s obvious what’s in our product, and there are only 5 ingredients. We’re not a natural health product; our product is food. Whole, gluten-free, healthy, nutritious food. And that’s it.

We’re not trying to be something we’re not—we’re simple, and simply healthy. To learn more about what products need NHP classification and an associated Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on their labels, see the video below.


References:

#1: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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.