2c-renew-life-fibre-smart-blFibre has had a facelift! Learn why and how to incorporate this nutritional beauty into your daily routine.

We’ve all heard of the wonderful benefits of fibre and how a good fibre supplement is essential for excellent health. However, did you know that some types of fibre are better than others? When most people think of fibre supplements they envision the gritty orange-flavoured powder that is found in many medicine cabinets. The good news is that there are better options for increasing your fibre intake.

There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre absorbs excess cholesterol and toxins like a sponge while insoluble fibre ‘scours’ the intestinal tract and colon clean. Both types are essential for good health and are found in a well-balanced diet.

However, the reality is that most people do not eat a proper diet including fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains. Over time, this leads to a build up of undigested food in the intestinal tract and colon which ferments, putrefies and becomes toxic. These toxins seep into the bloodstream and lead to poor health and chronic disease. A low fibre diet can also contribute to constipation, some cancers, and has even been linked to obesity. It is recommended that people consume 25-35 grams of fibre daily for optimal health but the average Canadian gets less than 15 grams! This is why adding a fibre supplement to your everyday routine is advised.

Most fibre supplements on the market are psyllium-based. Psyllium is 97% soluble fibre, which can be highly constipating because it absorbs 40 times its weight in water. Psyllium can absorb most of the free water in the colon, which leaves it dehydrated and constipated. Using a flax-based fibre provides a more balanced form of fibre. It absorbs excess cholesterol and toxins and creates proper bulk in the colon without dehydrating it.

FibreSMART is much more than just fibre; it is a unique flax-based fibre formula for daily use. It is approximately 50% soluble and 50% insoluble fibre. It will not swell and dehydrate the colon like psyllium and does not contribute to excess gas. FibreSMART also contains healing ingredients for the health of the digestive tract. These ingredients include:
• L-Glutamine to help re-establish the intestinal lining.
• Marshmallow to expectorate mucus in the bowel.
• Slippery Elm Bark to soothe the intestine.
• Triphala to assist the smooth muscle contraction (peristalsis) in the colon.

FibreSMART is available in powder or capsules and can easily be incorporated into anyone’s lifestyle. Try these great recipes to bulk up your breakfast!

Berry Smart Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
½ cup of unsweetened almond milk
½ cup of cold water
½ cup of frozen berries
1 scoop of FibreSMART powder
½ banana
Blend all ingredients until smooth. If too thick, add some cold water to thin consistency. Enjoy!

Power Packed Porridge
Makes 4 servings
2 cups of oats
3.5 cups of water
2 apples cored and diced
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook until tender (approximately 5 minutes). Ladle into bowls. Add 1 scoop of FibreSMART powder to each portion and a little splash of milk or almond milk prior to serving.
Hint: This is a great “make ahead” breakfast. Pre-portion into containers and have a warm and hearty breakfast for 4 mornings. Make sure to add your FibreSMART for some extra flavour and nutrition prior to eating.

Fruit and Fibre Parfait
Makes 1 serving
I cup of plain organic yogurt
4-5 Fresh strawberries sliced
2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
1 scoop of FibreSMART powder
1 drizzle of honey to sweeten if desired

Mix yogurt, FibreSMART and add honey to taste. Layer yogurt with strawberries and sliced almonds.
Hint: To get an extra dose of protein, choose Greek yogurt for this delicious breakfast. Check the label to make sure there is no added sugar.