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9 Common Signs of Being Gluten-Intolerant

Gluten-free’ has become a very familiar term these days, and can be found lingering on restaurant menus, processed food labels, and on the lips of anyone even remotely health savvy.

So what’s the big deal about gluten?

In the past 20 years or so, we’ve discovered that there is a huge percentage of the population that is intolerant to gluten. Not to be confused with the inability to process this protein (Celiac disease is a diagnosed condition, in which the proteins in wheat and barley can create major damage to the body), an intolerance is much more common, and basically means your body is better off without. (It might not kill you, but your body would be a happier one if it didn’t have to try and process it regularly.)

So, what are some signs and symptoms of a gluten intolerance? Here are 9:

  1. You experience chronic digestive issues, especially after eating something that contains it.
  2. You commonly feel dizzy or have trouble keeping your balance.
  3. Your skin displays signs of Keratosis Pilaris—tiny red bumps that appear on the backs of your arms and other places.
  4. You feel very tired and foggy after eating something that contains gluten (think Turkey hangover, but with gluten).
  5. You have unexplained infertility and/or display signs of hormone imbalances, such as intense PMS or adrenal fatigue.
  6. You get chronic migraine headaches.
  7. You’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
  8. Your mood swings are intense, and frequent.
  9. You have chronic joint pain and inflammation, fibromyalgia, and/or arthritis.

And this list of 9 is not exhaustive. In fact, more than 50 diseases and disorders have been linked to gluten. If you think you may be intolerant or might have Celiac disease, we strongly suggest you visit your family doctor or a naturopath.

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The upside? NutraCleanse™ does not use any ingredients that contain gluten (but we are not officially gluten-free certified), and there are many other great food stuffs available to the general public that are also safe to eat if you’re avoiding it. If you’re interested in incorporating NutraCleanse™ in your diet, click HERE for a list of local vendors. Also, HERE is a guide to eating without gluten.

Take care!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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!

Is Dandelion Root Anti-Cancer?

We know that the ingredients we put into NutraCleanse™ is good stuff, but as it turns out, it’s really good stuff. Composed of flax seed, burdock root powder, fenugreek seed powder, psyllium husk, and dandelion root powder, our product has been praised by many for being comprised of ingredients that treat a variety of ailments, such as constipation and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Now, it looks like one of the ingredients might be a cancer-killer.

The Research

Dr. Siyaram Pandey is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Windsor, and in February 2015, CBC News reported that he was the principle research investigator in a clinical study that observed whether dandelion extract could kill such cancers as leukemia and lymphoma in humans.[i]

According to researchers at the Winsor Regional Cancer Centre, tests “showed that dandelion tea, containing dandelion root extract, killed cancer cells in a lab.”[ii]

The idea for this study was born years earlier, when, in Windsor, a terminally ill leukemia patient began to treat herself with dandelion root and had incredible success. Global News reported in 2012 that the patient was 3 years in remission and on a “steady diet of dandelion tea.”[iii]

The Suggestion

We’re not saying our product kills cancer, but we are saying that the ingredients that our product is created with are stellar for good health and overall maintenance. While other products may have a list of 40 ingredients, our product has only 5, including dandelion root.

Unwanted weed? Not anymore.

The References:

[i] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/30-patients-to-test-dandelion-s-cancer-killing-potential-1.2959815

[ii] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/30-patients-to-test-dandelion-s-cancer-killing-potential-1.2959815

[iii] http://globalnews.ca/news/212574/can-dandelions-kill-cancer/

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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.