Food Guidelines while Cleansing – Part 1 of 2: Foods to Emphasize

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Renew Life® herbal cleansing programs help re-establish digestive health and promote regular elimination, but incorporating a wholesome diet while you cleanse is recommended.* The following is a list of food guidelines to help you get the most out of your next cleansing program.

Foods to Emphasize while Cleansing

  • Live Foods: Live foods support the body by providing more enzymes and nutrients that may be missing from boxed and pre-packaged foods. Good choices include raw, organic fruits and vegetables (veggies may also be lightly steamed), as well as fermented foods that contain beneficial probiotic cultures. These include plain yogurt, plain kefir (a fermented milk beverage), miso and tempeh. Buy organic when possible, and always wash your fruits and vegetables well. You may also want to supplement with a daily probiotic.
  • Lean Proteins: Opt for lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey, beef, game meats, fish, tofu, tempeh, hummus, eggs, nuts, seeds, dairy and quality protein shakes. Buy organic, natural or free-range when possible.
  • Grains: Grain sources such as millet, buckwheat, khorasan wheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, teff, rye, basmati rice, kamut, wild rice and brown rice provide an excellent source of fiber while cleansing. (Khorasan wheat, spelt, rye and kamut are ‘cousins’ of wheat and may contain gluten). Renew Life also makes several high fiber supplements.
  • Healthy Fats: These include avocado, olives, walnuts, almonds, pecans, flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sardines, salmon, coconut and coconut milk.
  • Water, Water, Water: Drinking plenty of water is essential during cleansing. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Choose purified, spring or filtered water if possible.

Continue reading in Part 2 in our Food Guidelines while Cleansing blog series: Recommended Foods for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and More.

Consult your healthcare professional before making dietary changes or using Renew Life products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, diabetic, taking medication, have a medical condition, or are beginning a health or weight control program. These guidelines are not recommended or supported for those under age 18.


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  • Jim Williams

    I take Simet 2tabs every 3 hours for 5 times a day for Parkinson’s. Should I use Cleanse Smart or any of the other Cleanse? I would like your suggestions.

  • Diana Pinos

    Hi, I am taking Candigone, may I eat tofu??

  • anonymous

    Can you do the candigone yeast cleans without pills and get the same results?

  • MYK

    Should I avoid drinking milk, even fat free or 1%, during my rapid cleansing period? Is it OK to consume Greek yogurt?

  • renewlifesupport

    I’m sorry for the delay in this response. Dairy has a tendency to form mucous, so it would be best to avoid it while cleansing. However, if you deal with dairy well, it’s not a big issue. I hope your cleanse was successful for you.

  • Angel

    I have read and read, and I can find no where that states how long you should do each “phase” of the cleanse process. While I understand that this will become the way that I will be eating forever, I still want to know how long to eat in Phase 1, before adding the other items back (as in Phase 2) into my new “life style”? It is only a cleanse, therefore only a week or two, right? Or am I missing something here?

  • Angel, the idea of adhering to a “cleansing diet” during the cleanse is to assist the body in the process of detoxification. Though it can depend on which cleanse you’re doing, you typically don’t need to stay on the cleansing diet after the cleanse is over. So if the cleanse is two weeks, stick to the diet for at least 2 weeks. If you need more specific advice, please contact our product specialists at 1-800-830-1800.

  • Kalley Beavers Jackson

    I;m excited about starting this cleanse. I’m so tired of feeling Bad ALL the time!! Thanks!!