Eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, managing stress, and doing exercise are all important factors to support good overall health but herbal cleansing may be a great addition.
Our bodies have organs of elimination that manage toxins on a daily basis, but our modern world can put added stress on these organs due to the environment we live in, the food and beverages we consume, the products we use in our homes and put on our bodies, and the waste byproducts that are naturally produced within our own digestive tracts.
For centuries, herbs have been used to naturally cleanse the body. There is archaeological evidence that early humans ate both raw and cooked plants, and consumed “non-edible” herbs including willow, St. John’s wort, yarrow, chamomile, bupleurum, and more (Hardy, 2012; Melamed et al., 2016). Chinese Herbal Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine use herbs as the basis of their treatments.
Renew Life® has over 2 decades of experience when it comes to herbal detoxification. With 3 formulas to choose from, they can easily fit into your daily routine, require no fasting, giving up solid foods, or having to be close to a toilet.
CleanseSMART® is a two-part, 30-day herbal cleansing program containing 20 different herbs and minerals to help support your body’s elimination organs, protect the liver, and relieve occasional constipation.
ParaGONE® is a powerful two-part, 15-day parasite cleansing formula containing 10 different herbs and extracts that have been traditionally used to remove parasites from the body and improve digestive function.
CandiGONE® is a two-part, 15-day herbal cleanse that contains 14 different herbs and extracts which have been traditionally used in herbal medicine to aid digestion and relieve symptoms of urinary tract infections.
Don’t forget the Fibre!
Fibre and water are important to keep things moving through your digestive tract which is especially important while cleansing. You can increase fibre intake by eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes but if you find that challenging, try adding a daily fibre supplement to your routine such as FibreSMART®. It’s a flax-based, dietary fibre supplement that can be added as a powder to water or juice to help support daily bowel health. With over 7 grams of fibre per serving from flax seed, acacia gum, and guar gum, it also includes L-Glutamine, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark, and Triphala to keep things running smoothly.
Renew Life® products are formulated with high-quality ingredients to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. Perhaps as equally important as the ingredients that are in the products are the ingredients that are not in the products. To keep you smiling, they are committed to providing supplements with no artificial colors, unnecessary preservatives/added materials of any kind.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I get asked questions about cleansing that you may also have. Let’s address the most common ones:
What if I experience nausea, headaches, or diarrhea while cleansing?
When cleansing, some people may experience these reactions. Start cleansing slowly, especially if you’ve never cleansed before. You can start by taking the cleanse at half strength for the first few days and increase your water and fibre intake to help keep things moving. If this does not alleviate the symptoms within a few days, discontinue use. If in doubt, consult your healthcare professional.
Do I need to follow a specific diet for CleanseSMART®?
Dietary changes are suggestions only. Your dietary needs may vary depending on how healthy your everyday diet is. There are directions for use in the cleansing kit which includes dietary suggestions.
What about the CandiGONE® and ParaGONE®, do I need to change my diet for those kits?
It’s important to limit things that feed bad bacteria and parasites. I always say, “You wouldn’t want to go to war and feed the other army”. You don’t want to feed the organisms that you are trying to get rid of. That’s not to say that you must do it forever, just while cleansing. There are directions for use in the cleansing kits which includes dietary suggestions as well.
Do I need to take time off of work?
No, you should not need to take time off of work.
Do I need to be close to the bathroom?
The short answer is no, but everyone has different bowel habits. Renew Life® cleansing formulas are designed to help keep things moving at a normal pace. With CleanseSMART®, the colon support ingredients are taken in the evening, so they work overnight to promote a healthy bowel movement.
Are cleanses safe for people on medication?
Please check the warning on the label of the box for specific contraindications. If you’re taking other medications and are unsure, the best course of action is to consult your pharmacist or healthcare practitioner prior to use.
Can I cleanse if I’m pregnant?
No, you should not cleanse when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always read and follow label warnings.
Is it bad to stop cleansing halfway through a kit?
No, it’s not. You may need to stop cleansing for a particular reason (you get sick, a stressful situation arises in your life, etc.) If it’s for a health concern, consult your health care practitioner prior to restarting.
If I take a fibre supplement, when should I take it?
It’s recommended to separate your fibre supplement away from a cleansing formula (as well as other supplements or medications) by 30 to 60 minutes. Fibre may be taken with food or on an empty stomach, at any time of the day.
In conclusion, while maintaining a balanced lifestyle through nutritious eating, regular exercise, stress management, and restful sleep forms the cornerstone of good health, the addition of herbal cleansing can offer complementary support. Renew Life®'s herbal detoxification formulas provide a gentle and effective means to support the body’s natural elimination processes. By leveraging the time-tested benefits of herbal ingredients, these cleansing kits aim to enhance digestive function and overall wellbeing, without causing major disruptions to daily life. However, it is crucial to remember the importance of fiber in any cleansing regimen and to listen to your body, adjusting or discontinuing use as necessary. With proper use and when combined with a holistic approach to health, herbal cleansing may help you achieve a more balanced and revitalized state of wellness.
For more information or questions, reach out to one of our knowledgeable staff at 250-260-1147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always consult a healthcare provider before adding new supplements or making significant dietary changes.
This article was written by Caroline Farquhar, RHN, EMP, BA, National Training Manager for Renew Life®