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How do I use CF(Protein)® to Prepare for Surgery?

Whether you’re trying to preserve muscle mass following a procedure or replenish your body with nutrients after an athletic event, adding protein to your diet is a great way to give your body what it needs to be its best. CF(Protein)® was created for both ease and enjoyment. Thirteen grams of delicious, clean plant protein is packed into an 8-oz bottle that can be enjoyed on-the-go!

What are the benefits of CF(Protein)®?

CF(Protein)® is a plant-based protein drink that provides a concentrated dose of natural electrolytes, antioxidants, and essential fats. CF(Protein)® is a great choice for anyone who is preparing for, or recovering from surgery. Plant protein is the modern way to give your body the best nutrients with the lowest impact on your digestive system.

Some benefits of drinking CF(Protein)® are:

·      Promote muscle maintenance, repair, and recovery

·      Strengthen the immune system

·      Reduce risk of malnourishment

·      Antioxidants & anti-inflammatory ingredients

·      Concentrated nutrition on-the-go

·      Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats

·      Naturally derived vitamins & minerals

·      Essential amino acids

·      Natural fiber sources

·      No artificial colors or flavors

·      Shelf-stable

·      Gluten-Free, Kosher, Vegan, Dairy-Free

·      Convenient on-the-go protein source

How much CF(Protein)® should I drink leading up to surgery?

Each CF(Protein)® has 13 g of protein per bottle. So, depending on what else you are eating and drinking, and your specific protein needs, consuming 1 to 2 CF(Protein)® drinks per day can help ensure you are optimizing your nutrition prior to surgery. Prior to surgery, drinking 1-2 bottles per day (in addition to a well-balanced diet) for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, will help you to feel strong and well-nourished for your operation. CF(Protein)® is not designed to be a sole source of nutrition. Therefore, consuming whole foods high in protein, is recommended before and after surgery in order to meet your protein and calorie needs.

What else is in CF(Protein)® other than protein?  

In addition to the protein content in CF(Protein)®, it also contains chia seed oil and turmeric which are anti-inflammatory. These will also help to ensure you are at optimal nutrition status for your surgery as well as strengthen your immune system. The antioxidants in CF(Protein)® will help you to fight off diseases and strengthen your immunity.

How do I determine my protein needs before surgery?  

There are a variety of factors that determine your specific protein needs. These include your age, activity level, chronic diseases, weight, and fitness goals. Typically, someone who is preparing for, or recovering from surgery has increased protein needs. This is to help the body ensure a speedy recovery.

To determine how much protein you need before or after surgery, take your body weight in kilograms and times it by 1.5 to 2.0. 

So, if you weigh 150LB:

·      Divide your weight in LB by 2.2 to get your weight in kg

o  150/2.2 = 68.2 kg

·      Next, multiply your body weight by 1.5 to 2.0

o  68 times 1.5=102; 68 times 2.0=136 g

·      You should consume 102-136 g per day of protein

If you have any chronic disease like COPD, Chronic Kidney disease, End Stage Renal Disease, HIV, or Cancer, please consult with your doctor or dietitian to determine your protein needs as they may be lower or higher based on your specific condition.

What if I am underweight?

If you are malnourished, it is important that you ensure adequate calories and protein leading up to your surgery. Nutritional status is crucial prior to surgery. A nutritional assessment should be completed prior to any surgery to reduce the risk for postoperative complications, increased length of stay, and risk for infection. A patient can be diagnosed with mild or severe malnutrition by the MD. A Registered Dietitian can also assess the patient for mild to severe malnutrition. 

Why is it important to correct malnutrition before surgery?

It is imperative to correct malnutrition in a patient prior to their surgery. Research proves that malnutrition is a leading reason for poor outcomes postoperative. Studies show that preoperative nutritional deficiency is a strong predictor of 90 days mortality and poor overall survival. Nutrition status can be improved with recommendations from a Registered Dietitian. Common recommendations include high protein supplements such as CF(Protein)®. CF(Protein)® is a plant-based protein product with complete nutrition to help build muscle and strength for a speedy recovery. Other ways to improve nutritional status can include enteral or parenteral nutrition. For obese patients, it is often required to lose excess weight prior to surgery.

If you are preparing for an upcoming surgery, CF(Protein)® can help you meet your increased protein needs and get your body ready for surgery. Visit our website https://drinkclearfast.com/ to learn more.

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Importance of Preoperative Nutrition Before Surgery

Nutrition plays a crucial role in surgical outcomes. Implementing nutrition screening and correcting malnutrition before surgery can help reduce readmission rates, postoperative infections, and length of stay. By understanding the components of preoperative nutrition medical professionals can help ensure patients receive the best standard of care.

What is preoperative nutrition?

Preoperative nutrition covers a wide variety of interventions—including nutrition screens, correcting nutrition status before surgery, patient education, and carbohydrate loading up to two hours before surgery. There is a lot involved in preoperative nutrition, and understanding each component can significantly enhance recovery, which is why it is a major component of ERAS®. 

Why does preoperative nutrition matter?

There is a strong association between poor nutrition status and surgical outcomes. Several studies report that preoperative nutrition to correct poor nutrition status improves outcomes postoperatively. To understand the importance of preoperative nutrition and correcting nutrition status before surgery, consider surgery analogous to a marathon. Before a marathon, you train for an extended period to ensure you will finish the race with the fastest time possible. If you have any injuries or illness, you would likely postpone running the marathon until you were healthy because, if not, you will not run as fast and perhaps wouldn’t even be able to finish the race. In the grand scheme of things, surgery is far more critical than running a marathon, so ensuring patients put in the same “training” to enter surgery at their strongest leads to smoother, faster recoveries.

What is the risk of preoperative malnutrition?

Preoperative malnutrition increases the risk for mortality and morbidity, and also increases costs. Malnutrition and cachexia are caused by proinflammatory cytokine response, inadequate dietary intake, and catabolic effects (Ward et al.). Preoperative malnutrition leads to increased susceptibility to infection, impaired wound healing, pressure ulcers, and increased length of stay (Abdelhamid et al.). Therefore, patients who are severely malnourished should correct malnutrition before surgery. In some cases, surgery is postponed until malnutrition is resolved.

Malnutrition and Surgery

Ideally, a nutrition assessment before any surgery can diagnose malnutrition. A Doctor or Registered Dietitian can evaluate the patient for mild to severe malnutrition. The Academy Adult Malnutrition Criteria (ASPEN) has specific criteria to identify malnutrition.

       Research proves that malnutrition is a leading cause of poor postoperative outcomes and it is a strong predictor of 90 days mortality and poor overall survival. Ward et al. suggest that preoperative anorexia and malnutrition increase postoperative complications in Whipple procedures. Furthermore, malnutrition in patients with pancreatic cancer can lead to cancer-related cachexia, defined as greater than 10% weight loss over six months.

CF Nutrition’s Role in helping prevent malnutrition

Nutrition status can improve with recommendations from a Registered Dietitian. Typical recommendations include high-protein supplements in the weeks leading up to surgery, such as CF(Protein)® CF(Protein)® is a plant-based protein drink patients can consume in the days and weeks leading up to surgery to optimize nutrition. It contains high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory ingredients that will enhance the immune system and optimize overall health. It is a complete nutrition product to help build muscle and strength for a speedy recovery.

Other ways to improve nutritional status can include enteral or parenteral nutrition if protein beverages are not enough to restore nutrition status. For obese patients, it is often required to lose excess weight before surgery. The macronutrient excess in those with obesity can be associated with chronic inflammation, sarcopenia, and micronutrient deficiency.

What about preoperative carb-loading?

Surgery induces a catabolic effect on the body. Reducing the fasting period can help reduce this catabolic effect and enhance recovery. Preoperative carbohydrate loading is also an essential component of preoperative nutrition. Prolonged fasting before surgery may cause detrimental effects. Prolonged fasting worsens the catabolic state, and increases metabolic stress, hyperglycemia, and insulin resistance. Furthermore, when the body fasts for a prolonged time, glycogen stores are depleted, leading to protein and muscle breakdown. Postoperative insulin resistance (PIR), a result of the stress response from surgery and further exaggerated with prolonged fasting, is related to delayed wound healing, increased morbidity/mortality, and LOS. Decreased PIR sets patients up for a smoother recovery.

Preoperative carbohydrate loading maximizes glycogen stores in the body as an energy source to minimize body tissue degeneration and reduce PIR. When you change the metabolic state by shortening preoperative fasting, PIR decreases, protein loss drops, and muscle function will improve. Additionally, preoperative carbohydrate loading increases patients’ comfort and reduces hunger, thirst, and anxiety leading up to surgery. Ultimately decreasing stress entering surgery. Our anesthesiologist-developed product, CF(Preop)®, may be consumed before surgery to enhance recovery and shift the body from a fasting to a fed state.

How does preoperative nutrition benefit the medical professional?

Screening patients’ nutritional status, correcting malnutrition and providing preoperative nutrition benefits patients and medical professionals alike. The patient will benefit from a smoother recovery—while the medical professional will benefit from cost savings, reduced length of stay and postoperative complications, increased patient satisfaction, and lower readmission rates.

  In summary, preoperative nutrition is a critical component of surgery. Nutrition screenings, correcting malnutrition, and preoperative carbohydrate loading are necessary interventions before performing surgery. CF Nutrition is here to help you better understand preoperative nutrition and how to incorporate it into your practice. Our products promote a smooth recovery and improved surgical outcomes. 

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Sports Hydration for Athletes: How to Avoid Dehydration

Seeing as humans are roughly 60% water, no one is surprised to learn that maintaining healthy total body water (euhydration) is essential. For most people, achieving optimal hydration levels may only require a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and 8-12 glasses of water daily. However, for high-level athletes or elite exercisers, establishing euhydration before, during, and after competition can become a bit more complicated. 


The ultimate goal for top-notch athletes is to reach peak performance and recovery as quickly as possible. With back-to-back games and jam-packed travel seasons, athletes know that a demanding schedule makes fluid and electrolyte replenishment more of a requirement than a recommendation. The faster athletes can replenish mineral stores and re-establish hydration, the sooner they can get back on the playing field—hopefully with just enough physical and mental stamina to edge out their best competition.

Causes of Dehydration

During exercise, our bodies continuously produce energy—25% for mechanical work and 75% as released heat. For both aerobic and anaerobic exercise, our core body temperature rises as cardiovascular output increases. Networks of blood vessels expand to meet these work demands, allowing blood to flow to muscles and supply a continuous source of oxygen and other nutrients. This process enables a steady stream of energy and movement, and as a result, the body begins to sweat. Sweat helps keep our body’s internal temperature within a safe range but results in significant fluid loss. 


Respiratory water loss, or sweat, is a function of the quantity of air exchanged in the lungs per unit of time. High rates of respiration during exercise contribute largely to exercise-induced dehydration or hypohydration. As the exercise intensity and duration increase, so does the amount of water lost through respiration, further exacerbating dehydration.  


Ever notice that as the sweat dries on your body, it leaves behind a white residue? This residue appears because sweat is more than just water; it contains sodium, sugar, urea, potassium, and trace amounts of other elements. To avoid becoming dehydrated, athletes should begin exercise well hydrated and continue hydrating throughout the duration of the exercise. Solutions that include a mixture of water, glucose, and electrolytes (especially sodium) are ideal.

Causes of Dehydration


There are several different ways to measure your level of dehydration before, during, and after exercise. Some examples include observing how much urine you excrete, and its color. Experts recommend that urine be no lighter than the color of straw or as darker than brewed tea. Another method for observing dehydration is weighing yourself before and after exercise, without clothing. The rule of thumb states that for every pound lost during exercise, 2-3 cups of fluid are lost. 


Calculating a more accurate and scientific measurement of dehydration is done using a sweat rate measurement. This measurement includes a series of calculations that factor in variables like thirst, heart rate, and rate of perceived exertion. Many performance dietitians highly recommend that elite athletes training for high-level competition or an endurance event complete a sweat rate measurement to optimize performance and recovery.

Impact of Dehydration


The impact of dehydration on sports performance can vary significantly from one person to another. However, scientists agree that hypohydration’s negative symptoms occur at as little as 2% loss in total body water. At a loss of 2%, dehydration can increase cardiovascular and thermal strain, leading to suboptimal aerobic performance. Early signs of physical impairment from dehydration include fatigue, heat intolerance, burning sensation in the stomach, and flushed skin. More severe dehydration or heat stress symptoms include difficulties swallowing, loss of balance, delirium, sunken eyes and dim vision, or painful urination. 


Hypohydration may also result in lower levels of muscle strength and control. Since water is most prevalent in metabolically active tissues such as muscle, the water and electrolyte balance must be maintained within these tissues. The stimulation of nerves enables muscle contraction to occur in response to electrolyte minerals’ exchange within the water. So, if you are low on water or electrolytes, the communication system between your nerves and muscles will be weakened, leading to decreased coordination.


Beyond the physical limitations brought on by dehydration, research has shown that even mild dehydration can result in decreased mental performance, including lethargy and impaired attention. Attention deficits can be especially problematic for athletes trained to perform under high focus levels and close attention to detail. It also poses a risk for athletes who require intense concentration to avoid injuries, such as mountain biking, skiing, or trail running. 

Sports Prone to Dehydration


Dehydration-induced muscle cramping most often affects the legs, so avoiding excessive fluid loss should be a priority for any athlete. However, the rate at which an athlete becomes dehydrated may vary. 
Endurance athletes, including distance runners, cyclists, hikers, and cross country skiers, may be especially susceptible to fluid loss given the intense duration of their competition. For these athletes, post-extreme endurance syndrome (PEES) is a considerable problem. PEES symptoms include decreased body temperature, dizziness, and an inability to drink fluids—resulting in even worse dehydration.


Additionally, swimmers, water polo players, and other athletes who perform their sports in the water where sweat loss may be less obvious may be more prone to dehydration. Dehydration is also common for athletes who train at altitude, like climbers and trail runners. At increased elevation, athletes tend to breathe faster and more deeply due to low air pressure, resulting in a higher respiratory water loss rate. 


Lastly, certain sports encourage intentionally decreased fluid intake and increased sweating. Observed most often in wrestlers or rowers, these athletes may reduce water intake to make specific weight classes. This extreme form of rapid weight loss can result in hypohydration and a need for vast amounts of fluid replenishment to restore euhydration. 

When Water is not Enough

Just like any good hydration drink, the human blood maintains a delicate balance of water and electrolytes. One of the most critical balancing acts is between that of water and sodium. When athletes sweat, they lose water more quickly than salt. Significant water loss leads to an increased concentration of sodium in the bloodstream. The resulting sensation is thirst. 


Many athletes will respond to thirst by chugging down large volumes of pure water, only to continue feeling thirsty. By drinking too much water, athletes run the risk of diluting the blood’s sodium concentration. Hyponatremia is when blood becomes diluted, and the cells begin to enlarge. In mild cases, this can result in nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. In severe cases, it can be life-threatening.


To avoid hyponatremia and efficiently replenish exercise fluid losses, athletes should opt for a beverage that contains electrolytes. Essential electrolytes include sodium and potassium for fluid retention and regular muscle contraction. Other electrolytes to look for are magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. Additionally, a carbohydrate can assist in recovery and energy regulation to continue fueling performance throughout exercise.

The Final Word


Whether you are a seasoned athlete or not, water plays a pivotal role in your vitality. Drinking enough of this priceless resource is key to good health, but sometimes you need a little something extra. On the court or at the course, saturating the body with key electrolytes like sodium and potassium can make the difference between making the podium or not. Being an athlete requires treating the body like a well-oiled machine, primed to run its best—demanding performance and attention to detail. 


Fortunately, CF(Rehydrate)® makes returning to euhydration simple, providing an ideal balance of water, sodium, and other electrolytes. This delicious and modern product is clear and colorless, free from the artificial colors and flavors common in sports drinks. CF(Rehydrate)® is everything you need to play better, quicker, and smarter. It’s your secret weapon to recover faster so you can get your mind and body right for the next big game day. 

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10 Health Foods that Aren’t Actually Healthy

From plant-based options to low-sugar alternatives, grocery-store shelves are stocked with packaged products that, at first glance, may seem like your best bet for cutting calories and nourishing naturally. But how healthy are some of our favorite so-called health foods? Today, we’re putting the “conscious” back in conscious eating and breaking down 10 imposters to think twice about the next time you want to grab a snack on-the-go or pack your plate with powerhouse nutrition.

Read on for a round-up of health food frauds that might just leave you rethinking the way you approach your daily diet.

1. Veggie Chips

Health Foods that Aren't Actually Healthy

When you’re craving something crispy, salty, and crunchy—veggie chips can rightfully seem like a healthy alternative to the classic potato chip. The problem? Most are deep fried, loaded with sodium, and often contain dyes. They’re also sliced so thinly that you’re not actually getting a meaningful amount of nutrients, as you would from eating actual vegetables. Take a look at the ingredient list next time you reach for a bag of veggie chips. Chances are, its primary ingredients are potato starch, potato flour, and oil—rather than actual vegetables.

2. Granola

Health Foods that Aren't Actually Healthy

Ah, granola. This is one of those foods that’s managed to convince the world it’s a healthy, nutritious option—and, in some case, that can be true—but most of the time (particularly when we’re talking about big-box brands), granola is loaded with white sugar and contains copious amounts of vegetable oil and/or butter. The next time you’re thinking of adding it to your yogurt or almond milk for a healthy morning start, check the label and pay close attention to calories and sugar. Oftentimes, a bowl of granola alone can contain anywhere from 400-600 calories and up to 14 grams of sugar, making it a less-than-stellar option for starting off your day.

3. Wraps

Health Foods that Aren't Actually Healthy

When it comes to health foods that aren’t healthy, wraps are another wildly misunderstood imposter. Somehow, we’ve become conditioned to equate the word “wrap” with nutrition and health—even if what precedes the “wrap” part is “buffalo chicken” or “salami and cheese”. The key here is to pay attention to what’s in the wrap—if it’s fried, loaded with sodium, or dressed heavily in mayo- or oil-based condiments, chances are it’s not actually the nutritious option you were hoping for. Opt for a turkey sandwich loaded with fresh vegetables and spinach on whole wheat bread instead.

4. Dried Fruit

Dried can certainly be a nutritious option to add to your diet so long as you pay attention to the nutrition facts label and are conscious of how much of it you’re eating. When it comes to the benefits, dried fruit can contain up to 3.5 times the vitamins, fiber, and minerals of fresh fruit (major win). The downfall is it’s extremely high in sugar and calories (the water having been removed from the fruit condenses the sugar contents), so it’s super important to watch your intake, as the calories can add up quite quickly when you go for a heaping handful. Also, take a look at the labeling—avoid any dried fruit that’s been coated with added sugar or that contains sulfites.

5. Diet Sodas

Alright, we have some bad news: diet soda is not a health drink. While it can seem like a healthier alternative to its non-diet counterparts, it still contains chemicals and artificial sweeteners that are far from nutritious. It can act as a useful tool to help you wean yourself off of regular, high-calorie soda, but—as a beverage that may increase the risk of obesity and diabetes—it certainly shouldn’t be treated as a long-term healthy addition to your diet. 

6. Low-Fat Salad Dressings

Health Foods that Aren't Actually Healthy

As a general rule of thumb, you should be weary of anything labeled as “low-fat”. The problem is most low-fat items make up for their lack of fat with the addition of tons of sugar, salt, high-fructose corn syrup, and harmful additives to create a more satisfying taste. Plus, research shows that fat-free salad dressings actually make it more difficult for certain nutrients to make their way into your bloodstream. Instead of opting for this misleading imposter, try mixing some fresh lemon juice with avocado oil or olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of fresh sea salt and pepper. 

7. Flavored Oatmeal

Health Foods that Aren't Actually Healthy

Oatmeal is a great go-to breakfast for anyone who wants to start their day off with healthy complex carbs that deliver long-lasting energy—but we always recommend opting for an unaltered form of oatmeal (think: plain steel-cut oats) and then flavoring that oatmeal yourself with healthy spices and fresh fruit. (We love the combination of fresh cinnamon—which has anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties—and antioxidant-packed blueberries.) Pre-flavored and packet oatmeals tend to contain tons of sugars, guar gum, artificial flavorings, and artificial dyes. Remember: just because the box says “maple brown sugar” or “cinnamon apple” does not mean actual maple, brown sugar, cinnamon, or apples are inside. Instead, big-box brands rely on chemicals and additives to mimic those flavors.

8. Plant-Based “Meat”

Health Foods that Aren't Actually Healthy

We’re all about that plant-based life here at CF Nutrition (in fact, CF(protein)®, our plant-based protein drink, is one of our favorite ways to nourish on-the-go). But the opportune word in “plant-based diet” is, indeed, plant. This means the focus should be on sticking to whole, nutritious, unaltered fruits, vegetables, and grains in their natural form. Just like with the flavored oatmeals we mentioned above, the problem often comes in when we alter the natural state of something in an effort to mimic something else. Plant-based meat can be a great option to turn to every now and then when your vegan diet has left you craving a good ol’ fashioned cheeseburger, but these highly-processed meat alternatives contain about the same amount of saturated fat as a beef burger—and are loaded with copious amounts of sodium and additives—while ultimately providing less protein than natural meat. 

9. Turkey Bacon

We’re starting to sound like a broken record here, we know…but, yet again, the problem with number 9 on our roundup of healthy foods that aren’t healthy is—you guessed it—sodium and additives. While throwing some turkey bacon in your pan on Sunday morning in place of traditional pork bacon is definitely a lighter-calorie option, it’s also adding possible carcinogens to your plate—including artificial colors, saturated fat, and nitrates.

10. Flavored Milk Alternatives

Don’t get us wrong—a glass of plain, unsweetened almond or cashew milk is a great dairy-free option. But the problem comes in with flavorings and additives. Nut beverages tend to be loaded with carrageenan to help thicken them up and mimic the consistency of dairy milk. (There is some evidence to suggest that carrageenan triggers inflammation and gastrointestinal ulcerations.) Plus, flavored milk alternatives can contain a staggering 16-22 grams of added sugar per serving (the AHA suggests no more than 24g of sugar per day for women and no more than 36g daily for men).

Overall, if it’s meant to mimic, loaded with sugar and sodium, or flavored and dyed with chemicals—it’s not the best option. Natural and in moderation always tends to be better than altered and in excess. Check the labels, compare the seemingly healthy alternative you’re considering to the original version, and, when in doubt, know that the produce aisle will never steer you wrong (unlike those center aisles, which contain tons of questionable options masquerading as health foods).

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What are Postbiotics?

By now, most people have heard of probiotics. Whether you take them in a pill or chow down on greek yogurt daily, chances are you have heard something about these gut health power players. You may have also read about prebiotics, which are the food source that keeps probiotics healthy and thriving. What you may not have heard much about, however, is an emerging term in the nutrition field called postbiotics. While research on postbiotics is still in its infancy, some limited data suggests that postbiotics may be an integral part of a healthy digestive system.

With the swift pace of buzz-worthy nutrition topics constantly moving onward, it is no wonder that people still confuse probiotics and prebiotics. Growing use of the postbiotic terminology is bound to raise even more questions, so let’s backtrack and dive into a brief refresher on the other two -biotics.

Prebiotics: 

Prebiotics are substances that usually come from carbohydrates, like insoluble fiber (the form of fiber that your body cannot break down or digest). Prebiotics are often considered the food for probiotics. As such, these carbohydrates can help support gut and general health by providing an energy source for the healthy population of beneficial bacteria already living in your gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotic consumption is also associated with improved immune function and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease, although the data is inconclusive. Like probiotics, you can consume prebiotics in many forms. The gut-healthy fiber found in dark leafy greens such as kale and the inulin found in fresh chicory roots are examples of prebiotic food sources. Prebiotics can also be purchased over the counter and taken as a pill or powder. 

Probiotics:

Probiotics are an abundant population of healthy bacteria that are  plentiful in specific foods and supplements. Consuming probiotics can help maintain the population of gut bacteria that help produce beneficial metabolites.  Amino acids, vitamins, and other health-promoting substances produced by good gut bacteria are all examples of metabolites. Like prebiotics, probiotics have also helped treat gastrointestinal disorders like IBS and lactose intolerance. Again, more research needs to be done in this area to confirm the widespread applicability of these treatments, but the initial data is encouraging. The most common probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These probiotics are abundant in foods like tempeh, kefir, pickles, and sauerkraut. You may also take probiotics in a supplement form, often as a pill, powder, or liquid. It is possible to take a supplement that contains both prebiotics and probiotics. These supplements are known as synbiotics. 

Now that we’ve covered some basics of pre and probiotics , we’re ready to dive into our main topic: postbiotics. While gut health experts have known about postbiotics for years, their application and definition remain somewhat vague. According to registered dietitian Mindy Hermann, postbiotics are “bioactive compounds produced by food-grade microorganisms during the fermentation process of a food or beverage, which are ingested in the fermented product, resulting in various benefits in the gut of the host”. The process of fermenting postbiotics occurs outside of the body, allowing consumers to ingest the beneficial metabolites usually produced by probiotics directly. 

While probiotics are active, living microbes, pre and postbiotics are not. They are dead material that may also support healthy gut flora and reduce inflammation. Similar to the other two -biotics, research on postbiotics is both new and limited. Certain data suggests that postbiotics may be especially useful in supporting a healthy immune function and balancing the gut’s overall microbiome. Food sources of postbiotics include any actively fermented food, including yogurt, pickles, tempeh, and kimchi. They also come as a supplement in pill or powder form. 

While not all supplements will be great for everyone, they can certainly be a healthy addition to a well-rounded and balanced diet. For those incorporating supplements to treat specific medical conditions, it is important to consult your health care provider before adding it to your diet. 

It is also a good idea to thoroughly research any supplement before purchasing it to ensure its safety and efficacy. The supplement market is loosely regulated in America and even less so outside of the country. Specific product certifications such as non-GMO, organic, and third-party testing are good places to start. If supplements are out of budget or simply not your thing, check your local grocery store for naturally pre, pro, and postbiotic-containing foods such as yogurt, pickles, and tempeh. Not sure where to start? Try this awesome SuperFood Tempeh Burger with pickled carrots to help kick start your gut health journey on a high note!

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Hermann, M. (2020, July). Discover the World of Postbiotics – Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Today’s Dietitian. https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/JJ20p20.shtml

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What is Chia Seed Oil? Breaking Down the Superfood

What is chia seed oil, and why is it good for me?

Chia seeds are small black or white seeds derived from the annual herbaceous plant, Salvia hispanica L. The oil from these seeds contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, especially alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). These essential amino acids are associated with brain and heart health, as well as decreased inflammation. Omega-3’s are essential to your diet, meaning you must consume them from food sources. Research has shown these healthy fats can help increase HDL (good cholesterol), reduce blood pressure, and reduce triglycerides- all ways to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.

How is chia seed oil made?

Chia seeds are pressed to extract chia seed oil. The oil is expensive and often imported from other countries, such as South America. 

What nutrients are found in chia seed oil?

Chia seeds contain a healthy dose of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. 

They also contain an abundance of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, the brain-boosting ingredient responsible for much of this little seed’s big reputation. Omega-3 consumption is an essential part of a healthy diet. Fortunately, they are found in various heart-healthy and satisfying nuts and seeds. 

What kind of healthy fats should I eat?

Often, we think of fat as being “bad” for us. Time and time again, we hear people following low-fat diets. However, not all fat is unhealthy. There are four main types of fat: trans, saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.

Trans fat is the worst type of fat. The American Heart Association recommends avoiding trans-fat altogether. Slightly less harmful than trans fats, medical professionals recommend saturated fat should be limited to less than 10% of your daily calories. Saturated fat sources, such as butter, are solid at room temperature. 

Monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (PUFA) are good fat types and should be included in your diet as often as possible. Both MUFA and PUFA are liquid at room temperature. Olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fat, as do avocados. 

One specific type of PUFA you will hear often is an omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3’s are essential to consume from your diet because the body cannot make omega-3’s on its own, so you must get them from the foods in your diet. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is the PUFA in the plant sources like nuts and chia seeds. Chia seed oil is a rich source of ALA. It is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fats.

Omega-3’s are a healthy type of fat that helps prevent or lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. Research has linked omega-3 fatty acid consumption to heart, brain, skin, joints, and immune system health. 

How do I consume more chia and chia seed oil in my diet?

Chia pudding has recently become a trendy and social-media worthy breakfast item. 

Fortunately, it can be a healthy, nutrient-dense way to start your day off right! It also makes for a great grab-and-go snack. Try this recipe using CF(Protein)® for a double dose of healthy omega-3’s!

CF(Protein)® Tropical Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1, 8oz bottle of CF(Protein)® Mango Peach (contains chia seed oil!)
  • 3 TB chia seeds
  • 2 TB maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 small mango, peeled
  • Toasted coconut flakes for topping
  • Almond slices for topping

Instructions:

  1. Stir together CF(Protein)® Mango Peach, chia seeds, and maple syrup in a bowl or mason jar. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir the mixture again to remove any clumps of chia seeds. Place mixture in the fridge to set, at least 30 minutes.
  2. While chia pudding is setting, peel the mango and scoop the fruit into a high-powered blender. Pulse lightly or blend until smooth, depending on texture preference.
  3. After chia pudding has set, scoop into two jars. Pour a thin layer of mango puree. Top with coconut and almond for a satisfying crunch!
  4. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
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Presurgery Nutrition

Rehydration: CF(Rehydrate)® vs Pedialyte®

Whether you’re prepping your body for surgery, combating a nasty bout of the flu, recovering from a big race, or a big night out, there are several reasons to grab an electrolyte drink to combat dehydration. With an abundance of sports drinks, juices, and other electrolyte solutions just about everywhere, it can be difficult to comb through this saturation to find a product that tastes good and is actually good for you. That’s why today, we’re taking a closer look at two category standouts: CF(Rehydrate)® and Pedialyte®. Read on to learn more about the role an electrolyte drink can play in your health and how different ingredients can make a big difference in how you feel and bounce back. 

When is an electrolyte drink needed?

If you’ve ever read the CF Nutrition blog or follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably heard us mention that as vital as water is to our health, there are certain times when your body needs more. Regardless of your age, gender, or activity level, we all depend on vitamins and minerals to help fuel our minds and bodies. What many people don’t understand is that electrolytes are simply a category of these vital minerals. A few examples include sodium, potassium, and magnesium. 

Exercise:

Ever been drenched in sweat after pushed through a challenging workout? Well, sweat is more than just water. It’s full of electrolytes that are lost quickly through sweat all over your body.

Illness:

When you catch a flu bug or bad case of food poisoning, your body quickly loses vast amounts of electrolytes and fluid through diarrhea, vomiting, or fever sweats. 

Alcohol:

Certain beverages, such as alcohol, are natural diuretics, meaning they draw water out of your bloodstream and into your gastrointestinal tract, resulting in dehydration.

How to recover from dehydration?

Water is an integral part of the rehydration process. However, timely consumption of a complete nutrition beverage with a range of electrolytes is crucial for a full recovery. Drinks that contain at least half of your daily value of key electrolytes is a good place to start. For example, CF(Rehydrate)® includes a minimum of 50% of the electrolytes phosphorus, selenium, and sodium in a 32 oz bottle to ensure you get the fluid and nutrients you need, quickly. 

The CF(Rehydrate)® Difference:

While both options contain electrolytes, there are significant differences between CF(Rehydrate)® and Pedialyte® that can significantly impact how you feel, perform, and recover.

CF(Rehydrate)®

Sugar: Rather than being saturated with added and artificial sugars, CF(Rehydrate)® has only 1 gram of added sugar and is lightly sweetened with natural stevia rebaudiana.

Colors: CF(Rehydrate)® is clear, colorless, and completely devoid of artificial colors and dyes.

Flavors: CF(Rehydrate)® flavors are natural, producing a taste that is light, refreshing, and enjoyed by children and adults.

Electrolytes: CF(Rehydrate)® contains more electrolytes than Pedialyte®.

  • Magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium added for complete hydration
  • More sodium per bottle for superior replenishment 

Amino-acids: CF(Rehydrate)® contains the amino acid L-citrulline, used to improve blood flow and aid in the process of muscle repair

Pedialyte®

Sugar: While Pedialyte® includes some electrolytes, the majority of this formulation is a mixture of water, dextrose (a simple sugar that is not ideal for diabetics), and acesulfame potassium, (a highly processed artificial sweetener).

Colors: Many of the color additives in Pedialyte®, like Red-40 and Blue-5, are among the most common allergens and food irritants, especially for children.

Electrolytes: Pedialyte® contains less sodium and fewer electrolytes than CF(Rehydrate)®.Amino-acids: Pedialyte® does not contain amino-acids or other recovery-enhancing ingredients.

Being bombarded with clever marketing and mixed messages about sports drinks and hydration solutions has resulted in confusion around what to drink and why. In fact, it may have led you to think it doesn’t make much of a difference which drink you go with, as long as there are electrolytes. Unfortunately, as is the case with most anything we eat or drink throughout our lives, what we chose to fuel and fortify our bodies with can seriously impact how we feel and perform. The kinds of quality products we put in reflects the quality of work and recovery we put out. The choice for CF(Rehydrate)® is clear- medical-grade hydration that provides everything you need, and nothing that you dont. 


Want to know more about why CF Nutrition is the premier choice for everything from immune-boosting hydration to clean-presurgery nutrition? Learn more about  CF Nutrition and the science behind its ingredients here, or contact us at support@drinkcf.com.

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Presurgery Nutrition Wellness + Medical Tips

Complete Liquid Diet Meal Plan

Whether you’re gearing up for a weight loss surgery or recovering from a dental procedure, odds are that at some point, you’ll be asked to follow a liquid diet meal plan. If the thought alone of consuming nothing but liquified foods makes you feel anxious (& hungry!), you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re sharing a complete liquid diet meal plan with easy liquid meal recipes to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until you’re able to return to eating solid foods. Each liquid meal is healthy, balanced, and tasty so that the only thing you’ll be missing is the snap, crackle, crunch factor of your typical diet.

Breakfast

Option 1:

Banana Nut Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain 2-percent-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine ingredients and puree until smooth.

Option 2:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Yogurt Bowl

For the Berry Jam:

  • 1/4 c. blackberries
  • 1/4 c. blueberries
  • 1/4 c. raspberries
  • 1/4 c. strawberries, hulled and halved 
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice 
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 

For the Peanut Butter Yogurt:

  • 1-1 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp powdered peanut butter

Directions:

  1. First, make berry jam: In a small pot over medium heat, combine berries, orange juice, and honey with a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and continue to boil until strawberries are broken down and liquid thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. There should be ½ cup of berry mixture. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool. 
  2. Next, combine the Greek yogurt with the powdered peanut butter (you may add sweetener of choice if using plain Greek yogurt).
  3. Finally, layer the yogurt mixture & the berry jam, alternating one layer of each.

Lunch

Creamy Carrot, Peanut, & Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves | about 1 heaped tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (no sugar added)

Directions

  1. In a large cooking pot, melt the coconut oil on a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion. Sautée for about five minutes to soften. Add the chopped garlic, garam masala & turmeric. Sautée for another minute until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add chopped sweet potato & carrots. Stir ingredients together to coat. Add the stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat down to simmer. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until potatoes + carrots are fork tender. Stir in the peanut butter until melted.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat. Use an immersion blender to process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. If you don’t own an immersion blender you can blend up the soup in batches using a blender. Just make sure to be careful when removing the blender lid  and open away from your body.

Dinner:

Creamy Vegan White Bean & Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked white beans of choice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or other quality vegetable oil
  • 1 large leek, cleaned and chopped, roughly 3-4 cups
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 398ml can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp honey, or any plant-based sweetener such as agave
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 2 cups minced green kale

Directions

  1. Drain the beans and rinse with cold water. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. To prepare the veggies, simply rinse and cut the leek in half. Separate the layers roughly with your hands and chop the leek pieces horizontally into pieces. To clean the pieces, place them in a large bowl and cover them with water, putting your hands in the bowl to agitate the layers and loosen any dirt that may be stuck in the leek. Skim the leek pieces out of the water and place into a colander. Repeat this again until the rinse water no longer shows signs of dirt.
  3. Prepare the carrots & when the two veggies are ready, heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the leeks, carrots & all the salt and cook for about 5 -8 minutes, until the moisture from the leeks starts to escape. Add the minced garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the mixture is fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic!
  4. Next, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, water & dill and mix until the paste is fully dissolved. Cover the pot and turn the heat up to bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and allow the veggies to cook about 15 minutes until just soft.
  5. Next, add the honey, kale & cooked beans and mix all to incorporate. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the kale is wilted. For a creamy soup, puree about 2/3 of the mixture in a blender or in a separate pot with a hand blender, leaving 1/3 of the mixture chunky. If blended well, this soup will be silky & creamy dreamy. Combine the two back together and continue to heat on low to allow all the flavours to mingle for a final few minutes. Serve warm.

Dessert

Option 1:

Tropical Nice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh mangoes (2 to 3 medium), peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 heaping cups)
  • 2 medium banana, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened nut milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup Mango Peach CF(Protein)

Directions

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the mango and banana on prepared sheet in a single layer. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
  2. Transfer the fruit to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Add the salt. Process until the fruit is crumbly, about 30 seconds. Stop the processor and scrape down the sides with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. With the motor running, pour in the milk and blend continuously for 1 minute. The bottom portion of the mixture will start to become smooth, while the top is still crumbly. Stop the processor, scrape down the sides, and stir. Process until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency, or transfer to a lidded airtight container or a loaf pan and freeze until solid, approximately 2 hours. 

Option 2:

Chocolate Banana Tofu Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, broken into chunks
  • 1 (12 ounce) package soft silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy milk 
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

Directions

Place the banana, tofu, sugar, cocoa powder, soy milk, and cinnamon into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Pour into individual serving dishes, and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Snack Ideas:

CF(Protein) Mango Peach

1 1/2 Cups Kefir blended with fruit of choice 

Beef, chicken, or turkey bone broth

If you or a loved one is preparing for or recovering from a procedure that has you following a liquid diet meal plan, fear not! These healthy liquid meals are packed with protein and the nutrients to leave you feeling satisfied and energized, which is a rare feat when it comes to your typical slurpable fair. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids while sticking to a liquid diet meal plan, particularly focusing on electrolytes. These important minerals can fluctuate with a reduced carbohydrate intake that tends to coincide with a liquid diet meal plan. We recommend choosing a beverage that offers an advanced dose of electrolytes to ensure you stay feeling as best as possible. We hope you enjoy these tasty, chew-free liquid meals as much as we do!

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Preparing for Surgery Presurgery Nutrition

Improved Recovery From Surgery with CF(Preop)®

Our team of nutritionists get asked one question pretty darn frequently: “What’s the magical ingredient in ClearFast that helps you recover from surgery?” Patients and clinicians so often want to know what the one secret ingredient is in our formulation that makes for reduced length of hospital stay, decreased risk of infection, decreased risk of post-op nausea, and a stronger, smoother surgery recovery. Today, then, we thought we’d dive into this frequently asked question to serve up some clarity. Read on for the answer!

What’s the secret ingredient in CF(Preop) that helps you recover from surgery?
Ah, we wish it was that simple, but—spoiler alert—there’s actually no magical ingredient that does the job on its own. Instead, every single ingredient in our anesthesiologist-developed formula works together to create a smoother surgery and enhanced recovery. 

Why isn’t there one star ingredient in CF(Preop) that helps you recover from surgery?
When a board-certified anesthesiologist was working to develop ClearFast, she did so with one goal in mind: to empower patients to take control of their surgery experience. She saw so many patients coming in for surgery under- or mal-nourished (especially after following the old-school “nothing from midnight” fast)—which led to an array of complications like surgical infections and a slow, complicated recovery.

Both modern medical research pointed to the fact that going into surgery nourished—instead of starved and dehydrated—was the key for a smoother, faster surgery recovery. (The healthier and better nourished you are before surgery, the faster and stronger your recovery after surgery.) So, instead of focusing on finding one “magical” ingredient, she developed a formula that contains exactly what patients need—and in the precise quantities they need it—for powerful clinical nutrition and medical-grade hydration in one proven product.

What ingredients in CF(Preop) help you nourish before your procedure and recover from surgery?

We’re so glad you asked! Our formula leverages a handful of natural, science-backed ingredients proven to enhance your surgery recovery in one tasty presurgery drink. They include:

  • Zinc Sulfate: Supports the immune system to keep you strong and safe as you enter surgery
  • Vitamin A: Has powerful antioxidant properties
  • L-Citrulline: Promotes circulation and wound healing for a faster recovery
  • Filtered Water: Ensures you (and your veins) are hydrated for easier IV “sticks” 
  • Citric Acid: For kidney health and free radical neutralization
  • Maltodextrin: Complex carbs for medical-grade nourishment and reduced muscle-mass loss

Is there anything you leave out of CF(Preop)?

Every product we formulate here at ClearFast—from our presurgery drinks to our plant protein drinks—are designed to help you nourish naturally, so you’ll never find added sugars, artificial ingredients, or unnecessary fillers in anything we make. 

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Ready to start working doctor-trusted, patient-preferred premium clinical nutrition into your presurgery nutrition plan? You can order CF(PreOp)® here.  And, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to the ClearFast team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all. We’re always here and happy to help!

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Healing Tips Preparing for Surgery Presurgery Nutrition Wellness + Medical Tips

Clearfast Clinical Nutrition for Surgery

We talk a lot about clinical nutrition here at ClearFast. So, today, we thought we’d break down everything you need to know about this all-important medical term—including what it is and the difference it can make in your health journey. Read on for all you need to know!

What is clinical nutrition?
Simply put, clinical nutrition is nutrition designed to support your medical journey and help you achieve optimal health. A clinical nutrition plan will take into account how your body processes, stores, and discards food for your overall well being—as well as your medical history and the results of any laboratory tests. Clinical nutrition is designed to support you with the necessary vitamins, proteins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs when your health isn’t at its best. It aims to help patients achieve a healthy energy balance and is used in both in- and out-patient healthcare settings.

How is clinical nutrition used?
That’s a great question! While the end-goals of clinical nutrition may vary depending on the patient, they’re always health-based. Some things it can be used to achieve include:

  • Preventing diseases (By boosting “good” cholesterol and reducing unhealthy triglycerides, clinical nutrition can help decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.)
  • Optimizing your everyday diet
  • Optimizing your nutrient intake
  • Treating/minimizing/managing symptoms of autoimmune diseases or other ailments
  • Increasing the chance of a successful surgery
  • Enhancing/speeding up recovery after surgery

What clinical nutrition options are available?
When it comes to clinical nutrition, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution—but there is an array of options you can explore when it comes to working clinical nutrition into your everyday life. These include:

  • Personal clinical nutritionist: Speak to a clinical nutritionist about optimizing an everyday nutrition plan that’s right for you. This can be an especially great route to go if you suffer from any health ailments or diseases and are struggling to manage your symptoms. A clinical nutritionist will look at your health history, the way your body processes nutrients, any allergies you might have, as well as your symptoms to help you create a custom clinical nutrition program designed to ensure you feel your best. 

  • CFpreop®: Developed by an anesthesiologist, CFpreop is a premium clinical nutrition presurgery drink designed to help your body easily—and quickly—get the nutrients it needs to enter surgery stronger and recover quicker. Each of its science-backed ingredients work together to decrease infection rates, lower feelings of anxiety, reduce post-op nausea and vomiting, and speed up your recovery. The best part? CFpreop uses only high-quality, all-natural ingredients—so you’ll never find dairy, gluten, synthetic ingredients, or artificial sweeteners in any bottle of CFpreop. Plus, its ingredients are ethically sourced and every bottle of CFpreop is formulated at the ClearFast lab in the United States to ensure unparalleled product integrity. 

  • CFprotein®: Our answer to the old, outdated clinical protein drinks that have been on the market for years, CFprotein is a super effective, industry-leading option for patients seeking premium clinical nutrition at an affordable price-point. A clean plant protein drink designed to get patients strong and healthy in the weeks leading up to and following surgery, CFprotein offers a quick, convenient way to give your body the premium clinical nutrition it needs to enter anesthesia stronger and recover faster. Supplementing a healthy diet with CFprotein helps you build a solid nutritional foundation for your upcoming procedure, so you can avoid going into surgery under- or malnourished. While CFpreop is designed to drink in the hours leading up to surgery (helping you get premium clinical nutrition in the critical fasting window), CFprotein is designed to drink in the days, weeks, and months leading up to surgery.

PRO TIP: While ClearFast drinks are anesthesiologist-developed and designed with surgery in mind, they’re also great for working premium clinical nutrition into your everyday nutrition plan—even if you don’t have a procedure on the books! Whether you’re hydrating after a night of overindulging, treating your kiddos to tasty hydration (sans artificial sugars and colored dyes) on the sidelines of a soccer game, or looking for a quick-and-easy way to meet your daily protein requirements—both CFpreop® and CFprotein® have an array of uses that go far beyond the four walls of an operating room. 

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Ready to start working doctor-trusted, patient-preferred premium clinical nutrition into your everyday diet? You can order CFpreop here or CFprotein here.  And, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to the ClearFast team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all. We’re always here and happy to help!

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