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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 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!