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Are your health conditions the result of a toxic colon?

Do you have any of these temporary conditions?

  • Low Energy
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Water Retention
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Heachaches
  • Fatigue
  • Memory Problems
  • Sluggish Metabolism
  • Gas
  • Bad Breath 
  • Bloating
  • Digestive Problems
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Aches & Pains

Could Your Colon Be the Cause?

It is very possible that your own digestive system is causing unnecessary problems and depriving you of optimal health.

The colon is designed to eliminate toxins and waste. Yet, without proper elimination, the body can actually poison itself. Poor diet, fast foods, stress, certain medications, and even overuse of laxatives affects elimination.

When the bowel is not properly taken care of, its responses become sluggish and under-active. The ability for the colon to function properly and heal itself cannot happen without proper elimination.

When the bowel is under-active, toxic waste is more likely to be absorbed through the bowel wall and into the bloodstream. The blood then circulates these toxins to every part of the body and deposits them in tissues.

To eliminate toxins from the bowel, we need to have healthy bowel movements daily.  Sluggish digestion is a contributor to the  problem of toxicity build-up because bile and the toxins it  carries for elimination, have more time to be absorbed through the bowel wall.

Issues In Your Tissues

Nothing has a greater impact on health than internal toxicity. As toxins accumulate in the tissues, alterations in cellular function take place.

In addition, digestion may become compromised with the partially digested material adding to the problem because the body cannot manufacture healthy tissue out of half-digested nutrients.

When toxins are created in the body faster than they can be eliminated or when one or more of the eliminate systems are under-active, health conditions arise.

When toxins are not eliminated, they circulate in the blood then stored in body tissues, affecting all areas of the body, including the brain, and lodge in joints. These toxins can contribute to a wide variety of health complaints. If the body is given the chance to release toxic debris, it can make a remarkable restoration to full health.

To eliminate toxins from the bowels effectively, we need to have healthy bowel movements daily.

Sources of common toxins to which we are exposed:

  • toxins we consume: natural toxins in foods, chemicals and additives in foods, and drugs
  • toxins produced in the body: bacteria and yeast, which reside in the gut, produce a number of compounds, some of which are poisonous. If there is insufficient fiber in the diet, or if bowel movements are not regular, there is ample opportunity for these toxins to be absorbed across the gut wall and into the bloodstream.
  • heavy metals: the inorganic build of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum can accumulate over a long period of time resulting in a slow build up leading to adverse symptoms.

It is not unusual for some people to feel worse before they feel better.

Healing Crisis: While the net result of cleansing will be elimination of toxins from the body, improved health and more energy, it’s quite common to feel worse before feeling better. If the toxins are released faster than the body can eliminate them, you may experience a fever, fatigue, diarrhea, cramps, headache, increased thirst, etc. These symptoms are due to a “die-off” reaction known as a Healing Crisis.

The good news is that your body is exchanging old tissue for new vibrant tissue.

Fiber to the Rescue

Consuming fiber increases the immune system in your gut, feeds the good probiotic bacteria there, keeps the digestive lining healthy and absorbs and pulls out  excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body.

Benefits of Fiber:

  • Decrease stool transit time
  • Expedite the removal of potentially dangerous toxins and carcinogens from the bowel by acting as a carrier and by boosting elimination.
  • Promotes feelings of fullness because fiber-rich foods absorb water and swell and also move slowly though the digestive tract, helping you feel full faster and for a longer period of time.
  • Helps prevent constipation and bacterial infection of the intestinal system by keeping the intestine moist, allowing waste to pass easily through.
  • When nutritious high-fiber diets are consume, food cravings diminish.
  • Keep blood sugar levels more stable.
  • Bind with bile salts which can help decrease the risk of gallbladder disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Create presence of healthier intestinal bacteria.

Fiber Rich Ingredients in Pura Cleanse & Pura Cleanse II:

Psyllium: excellent source of indigestible fiber. It adds a lubricating soft bulk, scrubbing the bowel as it move through and removes toxins and excess cholesterol. It increases bowel transit time.

Guar Gum: a natural fiber that reduces cholesterol, balances blood sugar and increase nutrient absorption. It lends support to the detoxification process.

Licorice Root: it is soothing to the digestive tract. It is liver-protective and has antimicrobial properties. It is immune-supportive and a blood purifier.

Apple Fiber: natural fiber that absorbs cholesterol and increases the excretion of heavy metals. A great food source for friendly bacteria.

Cascara Sagrada: stimulates secretions throughout the digestive tract and increases the frequency of  bowel movements. Cascara is known for its detoxification properties.

 

 

 

 

 

Fiber Helps the Body Cope with Large Amounts of Sugar

Fiber slows the absorption of food in the small intestine. The rate in which carbohydrates are digested is closely related to how fast they are absorbed, which determines the rise of blood sugar. When carbohydrate and plant fibers are eaten together, blood sugar levels are eaten together, blood sugar levels are considerably lower than when the same type of carbohydrate is eaten alone.

The average American consumes over 125 pounds of white sugar every year. Sugar makes up 24% of our daily calorie intake, with soda pop supplying the majority of sugar. As a nation, we eat an average of 15 quarts of ice cream per person per year. Our diets are loaded with sugar, hidden or added from our first bowl of sugary cold cereal to our daily big gulps, pastries, chips and candy bars.

Our homes and work places are teeming with sugar lacking in fiber. The human body was not set up to process such enormous quantities of sugar. What is really disturbing is that combining this high sugar diet with a lack of fiber makes it so much more harmful to us.

What Can Fiber Do:

  • It can reduce the amount of insulin needed nu keeping blood sugar levels lower. 
  • It can lower cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood, which can become elevated in the presence of too much insulin.
  • It can help promote weight loss, which can even cure some cases of adult onset diabetes.

8 Ways to Increase Dietary Fiber:

  • Change to whole meal breads with high fiber contents
  • Eat breakfast cereals that are high in bran or are made from whole grain (Oat Bran, Whole Wheat, etc.)
  • Dramatically increase the amount of raw fruits and vegetables consumed.
  • Use legumes liberally as substitutes for animal protein or dairy products.
  • Avoid eating refined and processed foods.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day.
  • Stay away from refined white sugar, white flour and limit alcohol intake. 
  • Use a high-quality extra-dietary fiber supplement such as Pura Cleanse or Pura Cleanse II daily.

10 Ways to Eat Your Water

 

The standard amount of daily water one needs to consume is 4 liters minimum to keep your body hydrated and all the skin and digestive problems at bay. Not all can drink so much water, so you can have more water-based foods instead. There are a lot of veggies and fruits that contain a good amount of water to help keep you hydrated.

  1. CUCUMBER (96% WATER)
    Cucumbers contain 96% water, are rich in fiber and minerals and are cool. They make a great treat during summer and however you have it, slice or dice it and have it alone, they will take away your thirst. Add them in your salads or have them with salt, they taste great.
  2. WATERMELON (92% WATER)
    The reason why watermelon ranks the top in the water-filled fruits is because it contains 92% water and the rest is fibre, minerals and nutrients. Aptly named, it can keep your thirst at bay even during the hottest summer days. Have them chopped with little salt or add in your desserts, salads etc.
  3. SPINACH (96% WATER)
    Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber and brain-boosting folate and just one cup of leaves contains 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant.
  4. ORANGES (87% WATER)
    Oranges are low in calories but full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B and C as well as calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, choline, selenium and copper. This delicious fruit with a tangy flavor and uplifting smell can prevent dehydration and promote overall health. Regular intake can boost your immune system, improve your skin, promote heart health, reduce cholesterol levels and fight certain cancers. Have them raw or use them as oatmeal toppings or in salads and cakes.
  5. STRAWBERRIES (90% WATER)
    Strawberries are loved by many! They too are rich in water content and won’t be tough to consume because of their delicious looks and sweetness (provided you don’t grab the sour ones). They are great in smoothies, cakes, oatmeal toppings etc. making desserts using them is very popular.
  6. APPLES (84% WATER)
    Apples are a nutritional powerhouse containing important nutrients, such as vitamins C and B-complex (riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin B6), dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and several phytonutrients. This fruit boosts the immune system, improves digestion, promotes heart health, makes skin healthy and improves vision. Since apples are rich in water and other vitamins and nutrients too, they make a great energy booster.
  7. ICEBERG LETTUCE (96% WATER)
    Iceberg lettuce ranks the top in hydrating veggies, rather hydrating foods, thanks to its 96% water content. Though, the sad part is that it is not rich in nutrition, but you should have it because it is high in water content and loaded with fiber. It goes very well with chicken- in burgers, salads etc. and also with other veggies.
  8. CELERY (95% WATER)
    Celery contains 95% water and is cancer fighting. Feeling thirsty? Grab celery and add some peanut butter on it or use peanut butter or almond butter as dip and eat it! Celery is also good for pancreas.
  9. GRAPEFRUIT (91% WATER)
    Grapefruit not only contains 91% water but also contains important electrolytes that help prevent dehydration. It is high in soluble fiber and vitamin C, and contains smaller amounts of vitamins A, B-complex, E and K. Regular intake of grapefruit can lower your insulin level, help control your appetite, protect against the common cold, aid in weight loss, make your skin beautiful and lots more.
  10. TOMATO (93% WATER)
    Green tomato contains 93% water while red tomato contains 94% and is low in calories and high in vitamins and antioxidants. Sliced and diced tomatoes can be a used in salads, sauces, and sandwiches.

 

Conquering Fiber

If you’ve been used to eating processed, refined low fiber food and you switch to a high fiber diet, you may experience cramping, bloating, diarrhea and gas. Ironically, even constipation can occur if you neglect to drink inadequate amounts of water. The operative term here is “moderation.” Start slowly and gradually increase your intake of fiber. If you do this, your intestinal tract will adjust nicely and you’ll be less “gassy”.

When you eat fibrous foods, bacteria in the bowel attack and digest these complex carbohydrate molecules and in the process methane gas is released. This is the “bean” effect so many of us are familiar with.

Cleanse The Natural Way

Did you know the average American may be carrying as much as 10-25 pounds of impacted fecal matter in their colon? And that is someone of normal weight with no known allergies! These toxins wedged in the digestive track are absorbed by the bloodstream, resulting in the body’s inability to metabolize food properly or to provide vital energy for living.

Think you’re in the clear? There is a surprisingly wide range of health problems that colon toxicity contributes to, many that a lot of us experience everyday. These include bloating, constipation, gas, fatigue, food cravings, hypoglycemia, allergies, arthritis, difficult weight loss, among many others. As you may have been trying to cure or treat these symptoms individually, it’s important to recognize and cure the root cause.

See for yourself. A healthy colon should provide you with two to three bowel movements per day, shortly after each meal. Elimination should be complete, fast and easy. The stool should be light brown in color, long and large in diameter, fluffy in texture, and floating on the top of the water. Yes I went there. You should be having glorious bowel movements I tell you!

Fruit for Breakfast Can Completely Transform Your Health

Waking up to half a watermelon drizzled with lime juice is one of the best ways to start your morning. Eating fruit for breakfast will not only make you think clearer, it will help you lose weight and stimulate the digestive tract to energize the body.

Eating a clean and light breakfast in the morning is a great way to transition the body from a fasting state to an eating state. Studies have found that consuming a heavy breakfast inhibits fat oxidation throughout the day – these heavy meals often include animal products like eggs and bacon or sausages.

A protein-heavy breakfast like eggs, bacon and toast will sit like a brick in your stomach and give you feelings of fatigue for the rest of the day. Switch your animal protein-based breakfasts for fruit, and you’ll notice immediate health improvements after just one week.

So here are 10 reasons why you should start eating fruit for breakfast:

1. Enhance The Detoxification Phase
Between 7 and 11am, the body is going through the heaviest phase of detoxification. Eating fruit will help contribute healing energy to this detoxification process, instead of hamper it by filling your body with anti-detox foods like fatty animal products that are hard to digest.

2. Perfect Way To Break Your Fast
Fruit is the best way to help “break the fast” as it is easy to digest and wakes up the metabolism with a steady influx of natural fruit sugars (all without the harsh adrenal-killing coffees and fatty meals).

3. Stimulate The Digestive Tract
Eating fruit for breakfast infuses the body with beneficial enzymes, fiber and prebiotics that help stimulate digestive juices in the stomach and push out old waste matter from the day before. Fruit fiber cleans the colon like a broom, leaving you feeling light and refreshed.

4. Wake Up The Body
Natural fruit sugars are just the thing the body needs upon waking up. Instead of reaching for your coffee, trying making a coffee replacement smoothie that will help keep the brain sharp and energized. Remember, the brain runs off glucose, so if you want to stay focused throughout the day, then eat a nice big water-dense fruit meal for breakfast!

5. Lose Weight
Fruit provides the body with quality nutrition and also helps release excess toxins by pushing out old waste matter from the intestines. Eating plenty of fruit in the morning (and throughout the rest of the day) gets rid of excess toxicity and waste storage, which ultimately leads to weight gain in the end. Most people think that if they eat a heavy animal-protein rich meal in the morning that they will eat less later in the day – but this, in fact, has not been found to be true. People who consume a heavy meal in the morning also tend to eat heavier later in the day too, which contribute to inevitable weight gain.

6. Boost The Immune System
A smoothie for breakfast compared to bacon and eggs is a lot better for your immune system and overall health. Fruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system and ward off any invading bacteria and microbes. Ever since I’ve gone high-fruit, low-fat raw vegan, I rarely get sick (maybe once a year if that – and usually due to stress or lack of sleep).

7. Create An Alkaline Environment For The Body
The first thing people think when they eat fruit is that it is too acidic – this is in fact not true. Lemons are actually one of the most alkaline fruits on the planet! They may be acidic in form, but once they reach the stomach, the minerals (like potassium and sodium) disassociate to make it alkaline (via a variety of metabolic processes). All fruit is alkaline, so make sure you eat plenty of it in the morning if you normally eat a Standard American Diet.

8. Feel Full and Satisfied
You might not think that fruit would make you full, but it really does! There is so much fiber in fruit, plus the vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients that tell the brain it’s satisfied and to shut off the hunger signal to the stomach. Make sure you eat enough fruit to feel full – it might take a bit of practice to fit in a 6-mango breakfast but in the end, you’ll feel full, satisfied, and not bogged down by any excess energy used for digestion.

9. Strengthen The Heart
Fruit is packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, crucial phytonutrients and antioxidants that contribute to lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure – both of which contribute to a healthier, stronger heart and prevent against cardiovascular disease.

10. Banish Belly Bloating
The fiber in fruit will push out old waste matter in the digestive tract and get rid of lower-belly bloating. In addition, eating water-dense fruits like watermelon (that also act as a natural diuretic) will help flush out excess sodium from the body by encouraging urination. The faster you get out the salt, the sooner you’ll stop holding onto so much excess water weight!

Benefits of Kale

What is Kale?

This leafy plant may be one of the healthiest vegetables on earth. Unlike other leafy greens, kale is not part of the lettuce family. Kale is actually a member of the cruciferous family which includes cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli plants. Although kale is genetically similar to cabbage and broccoli, it does not form a head when it grows except for the ornamental varieties. Kale offers all of the goodness of broccoli, but in a leafy, winter-cultivated vegetable form.

Kale grows on a white, fibrous stalk and the most common of the kale varieties are curly kale or plain-leafed kale. The leaf colors of kale can be light green, green, dark green or even violet-green or violet-brown. Dinosaur kale is one of the kale varieties that has dark, blue-green leaves and has a more delicate and sweeter taste than curly kale. The vibrant color of this curly-leafed plant makes this a beautiful vegetable.

Raw kale has a pungent flavor with bitter, peppery qualities. The benefits of kale for the raw foods are such that you can use it in many versatile ways, perhaps more than those of its “head” relatives.

There are kale varieties called flowering kale and even “Oriental cabbage.” Although these plants are usually grown and sold for ornamental purposes, they are just as edible and nutritious as the kale varieties sold in grocery stores or at the farmers markets.

If you want to eat any of the ornamental kale varieties, just make sure that they have not been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals since they are raised for decoration rather than human consumption. Ornamental kale has a more tender texture and mellower flavor.

Health Benefits of Kale

There are many kale nutrients. Cancer-fighting properties and other health benefits have been linked to members of the cruciferous vegetable family. The health benefits of kale are similar to the many health benefits of broccoli and cabbage. Here are some specific kale nutrients and how they affect your wellness:

  • Vitamins– Kale is rich in vitamins A, C and K and contains some vitamin B6 and E. Kale, being a rich source of vitamin K, gives it anti-inflammatory properties. Foods rich in vitamin C are known to help with some joint inflammations.
  • Minerals – Notable minerals in kale include manganese, calcium and copper. These minerals have been already broken down by the kale plant and can be directly absorbed into the cells of the body.
  • Antioxidants – The antioxidants in kale seem to be anti-cancer, too. Specifically, the antioxidants in kale are its carotenoids including lutein and beta-carotene, which are significant in the realm of cancer prevention and perhaps even treatment. Lutein and beta-carotene are two specific antioxidants that help to protect the human body from oxidative stress, specifically against such diseases as cataracts, atherosclerosis and COPD and, of course, cancer.
  • Cancer Preventative – The phytonutrients in kale help to reduce the risk of several cancers including, but possibly not limited to, breast, bladder, colon, lung and ovarian. The actions of these phytonutrients not only reduce cancer, but in general, help to strengthen the entire immune system.
  • Lung Health – The presence of vitamin A in kale helps protect the lungs. This is especially important to smokers and those who are exposed to secondhand smoke. Anti-Inflammatory – The abundance of vitamin K makes kale an anti-inflammatory vegetable. Heart Health – A phytonutrient called Indole-3-carbinol in kale helps to reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the blood and protect the cardiovascular system.
  • Diabetes – Kale helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. This makes kale an excellent food for diabetics.
  • Omega 3 – Omega 3 is another kale nutrient as kale is a rich vegetable source of Omega 3.
  • Fiber – Kale is a high fiber food. Of the many kale nutrients, its high fiber characteristic may be the most practical when compared to a lettuce-based salad.

5 High Fiber Food Choices

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Quick & Easy Fiber Choices

Almonds: Almonds are among the most fibrous nuts, totaling 3 grams per ounce (about 24 nuts). They are also an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and calcium.

Artichokes: One medium artichoke offers 7 grams of fiber, comparable to a can of baked beans. This low-cal veggie (about 60 calories each) contains vitamin C, iron, calcium, and potassium.

Barley: One cup of this cooked grain provides around 25% of the recommended daily intake for fiber, plus selenium, tryptophan, copper and manganese. Studies also indicate that barley’s high soluble-fiber content may substantially lower cholesterol levels.

Lentils: Red, yellow, and black lentils boast nearly 63% of the recommended daily value for fiber per cup. That same cup also includes more than 17 grams of protein, as well as iron, B vitamins, and folate.

Pears: One medium pear packs 5 grams of fiber-the same as a bowl of bran flakes-and is a good source of vitamin C, copper, and vitamin K (all for just 120 calories).

 

Water & Fiber Go Together

waterConsuming More Fiber Means Drinking More Water

Most of us, perhaps 75% of the population, suffer from mild dehydration, which if chronic leads to poor health, aches and pains, low energy, mental fogginess, and even serious diseases of all types. Pure water helps our bodies detoxify. The water helps separate blood platelets and floods fatty tissues where toxins often accumulate. While undergoing any kind of detox protocol, drinking more pure water is necessary.

Water is very important to keeping the body hydrated. Signs of dehydration are excessive thirst, fatigue, headaches, dry mouth, low urine output, muscle weakness, light-headedness and dizziness. If the body is dehydrated it will stop burning fat for energy.

If you increase your daily intake of fiber without adding water, you can experience constipation, cramping, clogging and even blockages in your intestinal tract. Drink at least 8, eight-ounce cups of purified water a day, and increase the amount if you experience any kind of constipation or intestinal cramping.

Remember that consuming more fiber means drinking more water. Because fiber absorbs water like a sponge, if you don’t drink enough, you may have some intestinal distress. A lack of water can result in bowel movements that are difficult to pass. Stool that is high in fiber and low in water can become hard and dry, defeating fiber’s primary purpose. Increasing your fiber intake will increase your thirst. Listen to your thirst receptors and drink, drink, drink.

Fiber to the Rescue

fiberThe Essential Role of Fiber

Fiber plays an essential role in your digestive, heart, and skin health, and may improve blood sugar control, weight management, and more. Consuming fiber increases the immune system in your gut, feeds the good probiotic bacteria there, keeps the digestive lining healthy and absorbs and pulls out excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body.

Fiber is one of the most important factors in maintaining the health of the gastrointestinal tract, not to mention its protective role against several potentially fatal diseases.

Benefits of Fiber:

  • Decrease stool transit time
  • Expedite the removal of potentially dangerous toxins and carcinogens from the bowel by acting as a carrier and by boosting elimination.
  • Promotes feelings of fullness because fiber-rich foods absorb water and swell and also move slowly though the digestive tract, helping you feel full faster and for a longer period of time.
  • Helps prevent constipation and bacterial infection of the intestinal system by keeping the intestine moist, allowing waste to pass easily through.
  • When nutritious high-fiber diets are consumed, food cravings diminish.
  • Keep blood sugar levels more stable.
  • Bind with bile salts which can help decrease the risk of gallbladder disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Create presence of healthier intestinal bacteria.
  • Fiber, particularly psyllium husk, may help move yeast and fungus out of your body, preventing them from being excreted through your skin where they could trigger acne or rashes.

Fiber Rich Ingredients in Pura Cleanse & Pura Cleanse II:

  • Psyllium: excellent source of indigestible fiber. It adds a lubricating soft bulk, scrubbing the bowel as it moves through and removes toxins and excess cholesterol. It increases bowel transit time.
  • Guar Gum: a natural fiber that reduces cholesterol, balances blood sugar and increase nutrient absorption. It lends support to the detoxification process.
  • Licorice Root: it is soothing to the digestive tract. It is liver-protective and has antimicrobial properties. It is immune-supportive and a blood purifier.
  • Apple Fiber: natural fiber that absorbs cholesterol and increases the excretion of heavy metals. A great food source for friendly bacteria.

Cleansing your Colon with Pura Cleanse and Pura Cleanse II:

Pura Cleanse is the ultimate high fiber 100% natural blend of 36 herbs made from superior quality and unbeatable synergy.

Our Super Herb & Fiber Detox Drink is an effective, gentle total body cleansing detox that supports bowel regulation and healthy digestion. Pura cleanse supports the elimination of wastes, toxins, parasites, and heavy metals.

Pura Cleanse II is fructose and senna free. With the removal of fructose, which is a natural sugar-based carbohydrate, makes Pura Cleanse II a great alternative for those who are considering a low carbohydrate or sugar free diet.

Benefits of Cleansing with Pura Cleanse or Pura Cleanse II and properly functioning bowel:

  • More strength, more endurance, more pep and energy
  • You become more efficient with your food assimilation within the body
  • As you clean out and tone up the bowel, you will be assured a greater nutritional efficiency for the entire body and all gland and organs will be properly fed and regenerated.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.