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5 Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer

Summer is finally here, and it started with a bang! With radio and television warnings already circulating about not leaving kids and pets in warm vehicles, it makes us wonder what everyone’s strategy is for staying healthy and hydrated.

Here are 5 ways to stay hydrated this summer:

Eat Fruit

Why? Because it’s full of water—just like you! Fruit (especially watermelon) is made of mostly water, so every piece you eat is helping you to stay hydrated.

Fruit salad and a glass of water is a great breakfast idea, and it starts you off with proper hydration for the day.

Drink Tons of Water

Obviously. But how much water do you think you drink? We bet its less than what you actually drink. An effective way to measure your water consumption, is to fill a refillable bottle with water and make sure you get at least 3-4 refills per day.

Incorporate Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are called super foods for a reason—they’re packed full of fibre and protein, and they’re also great for maintaining hydration levels! When mixed with water, chia seeds absorb up to nine times their weight—which means you stay healthy and hydrated for longer. It also means your digestive system stays hydrated, which, as we all know, means better bowel movements.

Cut Back on Booze

This one’s a no-brainer, right? Alcohol dehydrates, and we want to hydrate. Not the opposite. But sometimes it’s hard to refrain during the glorious months of summer, so if you are going to have a drink or two, try to stick to drinks that contain high levels of water.

Examples? Gin or vodka and soda or water, mixed with fresh herbs and citrus.

Find Shade

While seeking the shade may not actually be adding water to your body, it does help slow or stop the perspiration that happens when we’re in the direct sun. Since perspiration leads to dehydration, this little tip helps a lot.

Enjoy your summer, stay hydrated, and don’t forget to add a little NutraCleanse to your fave foods. By adding both water and extra fibre to your daily diet this summer, you’ll stay hydrated while also slimming down and improving your digestive health.

To order NutraCleanse online, visit our website.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Detox Your Body, Naturally

It might be the end of January, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to stop with the health streak. By now, most of us have cut down on alcohol and refined sugar (something we get way too much of during the holidays), and stepped up our exercise regime.

So what next? How about a detox?!

The next logical step to your New Year wellness plan is to detox. There are many ways to accomplish this, and we’ll outline some here. Check out these 5 ways to detox your body, naturally:

Drink More Water

Increasing your water intake is the number one way help your body detox. And? It’s free! This is what consuming more water will do for your body:
• Help release stored fluid, thereby decreasing puffiness.
• Clear the lymphatic system and assist in better blood circulation.
• Assist in better bowel movements, which helps detox the colon.
• Help your skin (your largest organ!) clean itself from the inside out, which clears up acne.
• Fills your stomach, which helps you to feel satiated longer between meals (ultimately assisting your digestive system in taking a load off).

Start Juicing

Juicing fruit and vegetables is a great way to get loads of antioxidants and vitamins into your body very quickly. Juicing also helps your body detox, by:
• Flooding your body with nutrients it desperately needs.
• Assisting in better quality bowel movements (again, good for the colon).
• Increases the amount of liquids entering your body, which helps to decease puffiness and flush out your urinary tract and digestive system (which both can harbor E. coli).

Add NutraCleanse™

Adding NutraCleanse™ to your smoothies, oatmeal, baking, and whatever else you can manage will greatly help with the detoxification of your colon. Here’s why:
• NutraCleanse™ is comprised of over 90% flax seed, whose fibre helps to sweep the colon clean.
• Flax has also been shown to decrease blood pressure and blood sugar, which takes the pressure off various organs.

Use a Dry Skin Brush

If you’ve never used a dry skin brush, we think you’re missing out. By slowly and rhythmically brushing your skin from top to bottom in long, meticulous strokes, you accomplish the following:
• Detox the skin by removing dead skin cells, which allows your skin to breathe and glow.
• Awaken the lymphatic system by encouraging drainage of excess fluids (this is why you work from top to bottom), and stimulate the nervous system.

Sweat. Like, A LOT.

You might already be doing this, but if you’re not, get on board. Here’s why:
• Sweating detoxes the skin.
• The exercise you do to become sweaty increases circulation and moves excess fluids from the body.
• Your organs are being worked extra hard during a sweat session; this helps them to do their jobs better, and ultimately eliminate accumulated trash.

So board the New Year detox train, and remember, our suggestions are natural, non-harmful detox solutions. They’re all safe, effective, and inexpensive. And if you haven’t tried NutraCleanse™ yet, you’re definitely in for a treat.

Good luck, and enjoy!

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.

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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!

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.

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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.